Walking News

Visit Ireland’s Highest Waterfall in Sligo

As we start the New Year, we’d like to bring some of our best walks to you. So, while so much uncertainty remains and this walk is only accessible to you if you live within 5km, here’s a great walk which won’t take long, and provides wonderful balm for the soul, and perhaps some aching […]


Temporary Closure at Ballygawley Woods

Coillte have notified us of a closure of a section of forest near Ballygawley at Castledargan which is located near The Sligo Way and is popular with local walkers. The closure will take place near the village of Ballygawley in an area used by walkers as an access route to The Sligo Way after you […]



Preparing For Hiking This Winter

Despite regular warnings and our own best efforts, sometimes hill walking can be a risky experience. If you plan to take on some of the more challenging hills in your community this Winter, it’s a good idea to take some points on board. And remember, all walks must take place within 5km of where you […]


Coolaney River Walk Nears Completion

The renewal of a beautiful riverside walk in south Sligo is being lauded as an example of cooperation between the community and local authority. The Coolaney Riverside Walk, first established in the late 1980’s, has been successfully improved over the years. But now, thanks to a €20,000 grant provided through the Outdoor Infrastracture Recreation Scheme, […]


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 […]


New Sligo Walking Guide Published

A new, updated and improved Sligo Walking Guide has just been published and is available FREE to the public from a number of outlets in Sligo. 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 […]