Benbulben - Guided Hiking on Benwiskin, Co. Sligo

About

The stunning profile of Benwiskin is often likened to a breaking wave. This gem of a mountain lies at then end of a lengthy broad topped ridge forming one leg of the famous Gleniff Horseshoe. 

It is 514m high and the views from the summit are amazing. 

Experience 

  • Fully guided hike
  • Half and full day options available
  • Stunning views 
  • Steeped in history and romance

There are two options to climb Benwiskin. The easiest approach is from the south side via Luke's Bridge. The second more challenging one is from the Gleniff Horseshoe. The walk along the escarpment is reasonably level and rises up gently to reach the highest point of day known locally as "The Cauldron". The descent route will depend on which option chosen during the ascent. 

This hike is recommended for it outstanding scenery and is steeped in history and romance. Evidence of past Barytes mining still exists and can be seen during our walk.

Diarmuid and Grainne's Cave: High up in the cliffs of Annacoona in the Gleniff Horseshoe lies the legendary cave of Diarmuid and Grainne. It is the highest cave in Ireland and is a place steeped in folklore and romance. The story has it that the eloping couple on the run from the jealous Chief Fionn MacCool who had planned to take Grainne for his wife, hid in the cave to avoid being captured. 

 

 

 

Equipment Required

Good waterproof boots and waterproof clothing are essential – without these items you will regrettably be excluded from participating; walking trousers are advised or comfortable athletic clothing, (no jeans please); spare warm layer; hat and gloves; lunch and/or snacks; water or juice drink, (1.5 litres); small rucksack to carry it all in.

AVAILABILITY: Year Round

OSI 1:50k Mapsheet 16

TRAIL LENGTH: 4 hour Round Trip

DIFFICULTY: Moderate

Cost €20pp Based on group of 10

€40pp Based on a group of 5

 Old Schoolhouse, Gleniff Horseshoe, overshadowen by the Cliffs of Annacoona and Diarmuid and Grainne's Cave. 

Old Schoolhouse, Gleniff Horseshoe, overshadowen by the Cliffs of Annacoona and Diarmuid and Grainne's Cave. 

  Looking down on the Gleniff Horseshoe Valley from the entrance to Diarmuid and Grainne's Cave  

Looking down on the Gleniff Horseshoe Valley from the entrance to Diarmuid and Grainne's Cave 

  Benwiskin - "The Breaking Wave"

Benwiskin - "The Breaking Wave"

  Aloft on the summit of Benwiskin

Aloft on the summit of Benwiskin

 "The Cauldron" - Benwiskin

"The Cauldron" - Benwiskin

  Benwiskin Winter Scene - Looking down on the miners track

Benwiskin Winter Scene - Looking down on the miners track

 High cliffs of Annacoona in the Gleniff Horseshoe valley. 

High cliffs of Annacoona in the Gleniff Horseshoe valley.