Walking News

7 Roadside Walks in Sligo

As we look forward – in hope! – to an improvement in the weather, it’s probably a good time of year to consider shorter, flatter routes rather than some of the more strenuous upland trails. In this way we can avoid slippery and waterlogged terrain, make the most of the shorter daylight hours and still […]


Hillwalking in Poor Weather

Here in Sligo, we live in a part of the world where we don’t always get the clear weather we want to enjoy all that beautiful scenery. And the weather, even when you set out and it’s fine, can change pretty quickly, especially at this time of year. We do have a series of safety […]



Hazelwood – a national forest on our doorstep

As we look for pleasant walks (with a welcome natural canopy to protect us from the elements) at this time of year, look no further than the newly improved and extended Hazelwood Forest Walk. Improved – certainly, following extensive work by Coillte led by horticulturalist Hedda Dick, whose team has done wonderful work in cutting […]


Sligo Public Warned About Wildfires

With wildfires reported in several locations around Ireland, and with temperatures set to continue to remain high over the weekend, members of the public are reminded to take care while walking here in Sligo and throughout the country. Unfortunately we have suffered from wildfires in Sligo in the past, and we should all take steps […]


5 Sligo Walks that inspired WB Yeats

As we celebrate Yeats Day – June 13th, the great poet’s birthday, we check out some of the places in Sligo that inspired him so much that he wrote about them in some of his most celebrated poems. So, we all know that Ireland’s most famous poet was from Sligo. Well, ok, maybe that’s not […]


Annie’s Illustrations Put Sligo On The Map

Since her arrival in Sligo almost 30 years ago, illustrator Annie West has been a creative force in bringing Sligo and its culture to audiences worldwide. Widely known for her tongue in cheek take on WB Yeats, in more recent times she has also worked as a key member of the Sligo Walks team, designing […]


TrailGazers heads to La Palma

TrailGazers: the first face-to-face steering committee meeting of the project since 2019 takes place on La Palma. The Dirección General de Lucha contra el Cambio Climático y Medio Ambiente, of the Gobierno de Canarias prepared a memorable meeting with workshops and field trips. After more than two years of online meetings, the project partners were […]


Walking – forming a habit for life

For many people, walking is something to do on a daily basis – going to the shop, bringing the kids to school, taking the dog for a walk. But for many others, it’s the opposite, the idea of regular exercise is something we can all struggle with. But as we all know, regular exercise is […]




New Safety Videos To Help Lost Hikers

In light of the large increase in numbers of people hiking or mountaineering in Ireland in the past couple of years, the Sligo Leitrim Mountain Rescue Team has produced six short informational videos to help people stay safe when on the mountain. The safety video series is the first of its kind produced by a […]


Developing Walks For The Community

Many of you walking in Sligo recently will be aware of significant changes at some of the most popular walking locations around the county. This involves the extension of certain walks, as well as the improvement in important infrastructure to aid access and safety at others. This week we’ll introduce you to some of these […]



Carrowmore – a mystical place at Samhain

Last weekend, accompanied by local walking guide Pádraig Meehan, I was up early to head to Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, one of Ireland’s most ancient burial sites located near Sligo Town. The idea was to set up a camera in the hope that we might catch the sunrise as it moved its way across the central […]


Trail Gazers Meeting takes place at Sligo Airport

As part of the Trail Gazers Project which looks to develop walking trails sustainably, a group of stakeholders, business owners and members of community groups met at Sligo Airport in Strandhill yesterday, Tuesday November 2nd. The aim was to inform those in attendance of plans to develop and protect the walks and to invite input […]


New Signage Improves Union Wood Walk

Over the years, more than a few walkers have lost their way in Union Wood. People who have started on one side have ended up on the other. And while retracing your steps has usually been the extent of any inconvenience, a new signage system has been installed to reassure walkers and remove any uncertainty.  […]


Dark Tales this Hallowe’en in Sligo

Did you know that the cholera epidemic of the early 1830’s in Sligo may have inspired Bram Stoker to write Dracula? Or that on May 5th the Banshee would come looking for souls to bring into the afterlife? For those of you interested in delving into stories about Sligo’s murky past, then an upcoming series […]