Walking News

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 […]

St Brigid’s Well in Sligo

Today, February 1st, is St. Brigid’s Day, in honour of our Patron Saint. While St Brigid had connections mainly with the east of the country, we also have connections here in Sligo – St Brigid’s Well in Cliffoney is one such example. Cliffoney, as we know, is located along the main Sligo-Donegal road, and this […]

5 Ways To Get Through Lockdown

We’re all finding the current Covid-19 restrictions tough, and it looks like they may be here for some time to come. But there are great ways to use your #staywithin5km walks to maintain both positive physical and mental well being. Here are some tips about how to benefit from the nature which surrounds us during […]

Funding Announced For Sligo Walks Projects

The Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council Councillor Dara Mulvey has welcomed the announcement of funding for projects under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme. ‘The Department  of Rural and Community Development has confirmed funding for a range of  projects  in County Sligo, and this is a great boost for the many voluntary groups and local committees […]

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, […]