Walking News

National Walking Day On Sunday 27th Sept 2020

National Walking Day takes place next Sunday 27th September, when we are encouraged to take to the Great Outdoors to enjoy some of the walks on our doorstep here in Sligo. As public events cannot be organised this year regarding clustering concerns over Covid-19, people are advised to make plans to avoid some of the […]


New Walking Series Begins With Streedagh

In this new walking series produced by Sligo Walks for The Sligo Champion, we focus on some of the most beautiful walks in Sligo, through the eyes and words of a local person. This week, it’s Spanish Armada enthusiast Eddie O’Gorman, who talks about his favourite beach, Streedagh, home to three Spanish Armada wrecks, and […]


Sligo in new walking programme

Over 40 delegates from 5 countries across Europe have launched a new walking project which could have a significant and positive impact on walking in Sligo. The new website – www.trailgazers.eu – was launched virtually earlier this month, with the aim of exploring the impact of walking and recreational trails on sustaining rural communities and […]


Further Easing of Covid-19 Walking Restrictions

As the idea of walking a little further than we’ve been used to over the past 10 weeks or so starts to take shape, we will soon be able to spread our wings a little further and enjoy walks that have remained out of bounds for so long. As the next phase of Covid-19 restrictions […]


Hazelwood, Union Wood & Benbulben Forest Walk Reopen

Some Sligo Walks which have been closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic have now been re-opened. Up until the Covid-19 shutdown, the walks at Benbulben Forest Walk at Gortarowey, Union Wood and Hazelwood, were among the most popular walks in Sligo. Now, ahead of the June Bank Holiday weekend, the good news […]


Queen Maeve Trail and Killaspugbrone Loop in new study

Two of the most popular walks in Sligo are set to be part of a research programme which aims to improve the quality of walking in Sligo. The Queen Maeve Trail on Knocknarea and the Killaspugbrone looped walk in Strandhill are among 8 walks in the region selected in a pilot programme being conducted throughout […]


Dog Control While Walking During Lambing Season

Despite restrictions on walking being in place due to the Covid-19 outbreak and people curtailed to walking within 2km of their homes, we should also remember that this is also lambing season. For walkers with dogs, this is particularly important. Dog owners are fully responsible for the control of their dogs. Where a walking route […]


Avoid Main Walks During Covid-19 Outbreak

UPDATE 27/03/’20 8:45pm: Following the Taoiseach’s press conference this evening, it has been announced that from midnight tonight, the public has been asked to remain at home for the next 2 weeks to help contain the spread of coronavirus. Exceptions include that people may exercise alone within a 2km radius of their home. The public […]



Advice on walking during the Covid-19 outbreak

In these challenging times – with the corona virus and the necessary social distancing in place to stop its spread, we will all be very much restricted socially over the coming weeks. However, it’s important – both physically and mentally – to maintain some kind of healthy routine, and thankfully the latest HSE guidelines in […]



Ballymote Heritage Trail Extended

Of all of the many wonderful walks in Sligo, few – if any – are as easily accessible and visually appealing as the newly revamped Ballymote Heritage Trail. Developed as a looped urban trail, it takes in many of the archaeological and historical features and buildings in one of Sligo’s most historically important towns. In […]