Benaughlin Mountain

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Benaughlin
Cuilcagh & Benaughlin in November 07.jpg
Benaughlin Mountain viewed from South Fermanagh in November 2007. (Cuilcagh can be seen on the upper left.)
Highest point
Elevation 373 m (1,224 ft)
Prominence 313 m (1,027 ft)
Listing Marilyn
Geography
Location County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
Parent range Cuilcagh Mountains
OSI/OSNI grid H178315
Topo map OSi Discovery 26

Benaughlin Mountain (from Irish: Binn Eachlabhra) is a mountain in the Cuilcagh Mountain range in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. Its composition is mainly of sandstone, limestone and shale.

At its highest point, Benaughlin is 373 metres (1,224 ft) above sea level. A section of the Ulster Way passes around the side of the mountain, within 300 m of the summit.[1]

The name Benaughlin comes from the Irish: Binn Eachlabhra which means "peak of the speaking horse".[2] Legends tell of a large, white horse (An Chopail Bán) which would appear on the slopes of the mountain each year on the last Sunday of July, and talk to local people.[3] The mountain is also known as Bin Mountain to local residents.[4]

Benaughlin Mountain viewed from the Florence Court estate in mid-summer

The blanket bog which covers the mountain was used as a source of fuel for the wealthy landowners in the area who lived in the nearby stately home of Florence Court. A path known as the Donkey Trail meanders up the side of the mountain; this was the route used for bringing the turf down off the mountain side.

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  1. ^ Discovery Sheet 26 (Map) (Second Edition 2004 ed.). OSi. 
  2. ^ "DiscoverIreland.ie". Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  3. ^ Lyle, Paul; Geological Survey of Northern Ireland (27 October 2010). Between Rocks and Hard Places: Discovering Ireland's Northern Landscapes. The Stationery Office. p. 7. 
  4. ^ Leonard, Philip (January 2007). "Kinawley". The Leonards of Kinglass. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 

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