The new Sligo Walking Guide is a compilation of the best 40 walks in County Sligo. It is currently available at the Sligo County Council buildings at Riverside and at City Hall, at the County Sligo Leader office, as well as at the Discover Ireland Tourist Centre on O’Connell St. It will be more widely available around Sligo and beyond to members of the public in the coming weeks.
On first reading, it is an excellent production, which will neatly fit into your jacket pocket or backpack, and is sure to be an important asset for anyone interested in walking in Sligo. Over the coming weeks, we will bring you through some of the innovations of the new guide, highlight some of the new walks included, and reflect on the updated information provided on some of Sligo’s favourite walks.
The 40 walks are divided into categories, starting with a description of the highlight walks in Sligo – including the Queen Maeve Trail at Knocknarea, Ben Bulben Forest Walk and Sruth in Aghaidh an Aird. It then proceeds to break down the different walks into the main walking categories – urban, coastal, lakes & rivers, forest and long distance walks including The Sligo Way.
Each walk description includes length, duration, grade, waymarking and map features as well as a full description of the walk itself including photos and directions to the trailhead. It has been produced in full colour by local print firm Core Print and also includes valuable extra information on topics such as Leave No Trace and Walking Safety Tips.
Another really nice touch is that the title of each page is bilingual – in both Irish and English – and a double paged map in the centre-fold of the guide contains a map of Sligo indicating the locations of all of the walks contained within the guide.
The new guide was produced by members of the Sligo Walks team, compiled in particular by Deirdre Kennedy and Ray O’Grady, with support from the Sligo Leader Partnership and Sligo County Council. It is also important to note the ongoing support of agencies such as Fáilte Ireland, Sligo Tourism and Coillte as well as the hospitality sector as well as those involved in the outdoor recreation and adventure sectors.
The new Sligo Walking Guide is the latest welcome addition to the walking experience in Sligo, and should provide a valuable walking aid to clubs, communities and individuals for many years to come.