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The mighty prow of ‘bare Benbulbens head,’ made famous by the poet W.B. Yeats, defines the Sligo landscape. This is the ‘Yeats’ country’, a countryside rich in history, folklore and mythology. In Drumcliffe churchyard the poet himself lies at peace in the Sligo soil that inspired much of his work.
For the devotee of Irish history, heritage, mythology or folklore, Co. Sligo in the west coast province of Connacht, has everything. For those who take time to read the landscape, every stone and hill has its own unique, often bloody, story to tell. Here one can literally trace the dramatic tendrils of our nation, from mythological origins through a turbulent history to a modern nation. In its lofty mountains, its winding rivers, its jagged coastline, God has created here a land blessed by time and unspoiled by time or man. Benbulben is Irelands most distinctive mountain and known in some parts as Ireland’s version of Table Mountain. It is the result from the different responses to erosion of the limestone and shale of which the mountain is formed. A hard and resistant limestone forms the upper cliffs and precipices. Many legends and tales have been woven round the almost magical mountain that is Benbulben. Mysterious shady valleys dominate the landscape in this upland alpine-like region. Benbulben is in the Dartry mountain range and has an elevation of 1,726 feet (526m)