Benbulbin, The Table Mountain of Ireland
Benbulbin is one of the most photographed mountains in Ireland and a must-see area for any trip to Ireland. Anyone that sees the beauty of the area will want to come back and see more. Benbulbin is also the setting of many Irish legends and folklore. It is Located in one of the most beautiful regions of Ireland, County Sligo.
Benbulbin’s large table like flat top formation of rock, forms part of the Dartry Mountains. This area is sometimes referred to as Yeats Country. This is due to the Poet William Butler Yeats that spent his childhood holidays in the area. From a young age Yeats studied poetry and found a special interest in irish legends. Yeats found his final resting place at Drumcliffe Churchyard.
The rocks that formed Benbulbin started off about 320 million years ago in a shallow area in the sea. The mountain range is named after the uppermost thicker Dartry Limestone layer. The Glencar Limestone layer is thinner and lies below the uppermost layer. Mudstone forms the lower slopes of the Benbulbin mountain. Fossils can be found in all the layers of the mountains including sea shells. Some corals can also be found in the lower slopes of the mountain.
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