Ben Gulabin rises steeply above the Spittal of Glenshee, a sentinel at the gateway to the Cairnwell Pass.
Extract from new place name research undertaken for Cateran’s Common Wealth of the Cateran Trail area:
G beinn + G gulba
‘Snout mountain’. See Meek (1998, 153-58), and also the section above on Fionn mac Cumhaill [page no.] for discussion on this name in the Fian legends. The earliest form, wenn ʒwlbin (pronounced something like ven yule-bin), contained in the lines of the poem Gleann Síodh an gleann so rém thaoibh ‘the glen beside me is Glenshee’, represents the original Gaelic from about 1500 written in the Book of the Dean of Lismore, but it is written not in a Gaelic script, but in the Scots orthography of the time (Meek 1990, 348).