Walking News

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 […]

Additional Funding for Walks in Sligo

https://sligowalks.ie • https://facebook.com/sligowalks • https://twitter.com/sligowalks • https://instagram/sligo.walks As part of a nationwide upgrade to existing long-route walks, Minister for Rural & Community Development Heather Humphreys TD has announced a new funding scheme which will have an impact on walks in Sligo and elsewhere. The walks in question – 31 in total across 13 counties – […]

Top 5 Beach Walks in Sligo

As we head into the time of year where the beaches get quieter and where you’re more likely to have much more space to enjoy the fresh air, we’ve chosen some of our favourite beaches in Sligo to take in this Autumn, and some reasons to get out and about while there’s still some light […]

Castle Field walk extended in Enniscrone

An extension to the Castle Field walk in Enniscrone has recently been completed and is proving very popular with locals and visitors alike. “I’m doing the walk every day,” said local woman Bridie Kilcullen, who was in the park with her daughter Helen. “Since it opened I come here every single day with a friend, […]

Sligo Walking Series – Knocknarea Video with Marion McGarry

Historian Dr. Marion McGarry leads a group of walkers from Strandhill to the summit of Knocknarea, Sligo’s ancient mountain, where a 5,000 year old Neolithic cairn sits on the summit. At intervals along the walk she speaks about ancient customs and traditions, and how this land was farmed by our ancestors. And she pays special […]

Sligo Walking Series – Knocknarea Video with Auriel Robinson

In the first of the Sligo Walking Series, taking place every Wednesday of June 2021, local walking guide and archaeologist Auriel Robinson of Seatrails introduces a group of local walkers to the Queen Maeve Trail on Knocknarea. This short video diary features Auriel speaking about the walk, the archaeology of the area and in particular […]

Have Your Say On Walking

A public consultation strategy on the future of walking in this country has been announced. For people walking in Sligo, this is an important opportunity to get hands on in driving policy which will develop walking for people living in the county and for visitors in a planned and sustainable way. So get involved and […]

Sligo Walking Series in June

As the country begins to open up, we are delighted to announce the Sligo Walking Series, walks which take place on Knocknarea and at Killaspugbrone every week throughout the month of June. The walks will be guided by local experts and will be limited in numbers of participants to allow for restrictions in place due […]

Learning about Nature on our Doorstep

As we get used to broadening our horizons, it’s worth noting some of the natural experiences we can take in while walking around the county. In Strandhill recently, we caught up with Michael Bell, whose website NatureLearn.com, has been responsible for much of the information we see about flora and fauna on signage all around […]

6 Sligo walks to do when restrictions ease

Yesterday’s announcement that the Government is to allow people to travel within their county is also good news for walkers. The easing of travel restrictions from April 12th onwards means that we will be free to visit places in Sligo that were previously beyond our 5km limit. With this in mind, we have listed a […]

Staycationing in Sligo this Summer

Walking and activities providers in Sligo are hoping for a boom Summer of visitors if Covid-19 restrictions begin to ease, as expected, next month. Depending on how and when the country opens up again, it is likely that people living in Sligo may decide to stay within the county for a well-earned break, and, as […]

Almost €600k investment in Sligo walks

Outdoor recreation sites in Sligo have received a major funding boost of €594,000 today. As part of a national allocation of €6.5m for outdoor recreational amenities, three walks in Sligo will receive funding. Benbulben Forest Walk in Gortarowey will receive €198,000, as will the walk at Lough Talt in the south of the county. And […]