Benwiskin - "The Breaking Wave" a guided hike Saturday 10th November 2018

Benwisken known as "The Breaking Wave" due to its unique profile as seen from the townland of Ballintrillick.

It lies just north of Benbulben and the views from the summit are both stunning and breathtaking.

The hike is highly recommended for views of the Gleniff Horsehoe valley, Truskmore and Tievebaun. To the west the panorama includes Mullaghmore, Classiebawn castle, Streedagh strand and Slieve League, among the highest sea cliffs in Ireland

The hike will involve steep ascent and will require a good level of fitness.

After the initial climb to the summit where we will stand on top of "the wave", we will make our way along the entire Benwisken ridge and if time allows we can make a short detour to visit the old Barytes Mines at Glencarbury.

Meet at Drumcliff Church large car park at 9:30am. We will then drive a short distance to the starting point.

The hike will take approx 5 hours to complete.

Difficulty level: Demanding.

Distance: 12kms

Height Gained: 500m

OSI Map: 16

Cost: €25

Group Size: Max 12, so please book early to guarantee your place.

Pre registration is essential for this hike.

Please note that no places are guaranteed until the registration fee is paid.

To book and register for this hike email us at:

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Once we receive your booking request you will be sent an email detailing how to register and pay the fee.

Equipment required:

Good waterproof boots and waterproof clothing are essential; hiking trousers are advised, (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. Walking poles are recommended.

NB - Cancellation policy


Hike that are cancelled with one month of event Full refund

Hikes that are cancelled within 14 days of the event a refund of 50%

Hikes that are cancelled within 7 days no refund available apart from exceptional cases due to illness or family bereavement

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It was a pleasure to welcome Suzanne from Holland to Sligo and to guide her across the mountain to see some of the finest views the region has to offer. The waterfall known as Sruth In Aghaidh An Aird - The Devil's Chimney,was in fine flow and entertained us to some amazing highlights as it gushed upward and outwards.

Back down at the Teashed we had an impromptu meeting with the Minister for Rural and Community Development Mr Michael Ring.

We wish Suzanne a great holiday over the coming week as she journeys both high and low.

Thank you for choosing High Hopes Hiking for today's adventure.

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Thank you for choosing High Hopes Hiking to assist in this adventure.

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Congratulation upon reaching the highest point in Connacht.

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