Ben Bulben loop

County Sligo
1 review
Grade Easy
Length 5.5 km
Time 1.25 hours
Format Loop
Ascent 45 m
Dogs Allowed Under effective control
Start Point
Gortarowey Forest entrance car park
Finish Point
Gortarowey Forest entrance car park
Nearest Town to Start Sligo Town
Lat. and Long. 54.361492, -8.501434 / 54.361492, 8.501434

This loop takes you on forest road along the northern face of the iconic Benbulbin table top mountain with panoramic views of Sligo and Donegal Bays, Inishmurray Island and the Ox and Knocknarea Mountains and as far as Sliabh League on a clear day.

Trail Management

Coillte Sligo, Unit 4/5 Pearse Plaza, Pearse Road, Sligo.
Tel: 1890 367378 Fax: ++ 353 71 9143014


Car park

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OSI Maps

OSI Maps

Discovery Series Sheet 16

Richard from Dublin

Walked this route on 28/10/2014 in glorious sunshine. The route is signposted from the main road and when you arrive at the recreation car park there is plenty of room for many cars.

The trail head sign directs you to follow the red markers and it couldn't be more simple making it an ideal entry level walk for families with young children. We even managed to bring our 11 month old baby girl on the walk in her buggy.

The loop is listed as taking 1 hour 15 minutes but it is possible to shorten this by just enjoying the fantastic views of Benbulbin to the right hand side and returning to the car park when you feel ready.

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