Walking News

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 […]


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 […]