Tread Softly Festival Walking Events To Enjoy This Month


The seventh Tread Softly Festival is just around a corner; taking place from July 19 – July 29, the Festival is inspired by the work of the Yeats brothers Jack and William, and the landscape and stories that inspired them across County Sligo.

As part of this year’s Festival, To the Waters and the Wild is a series of guided walks throughout the country. Throughout these guided walks, which are all free of charge, you will hear about some of the place names and locations which inspired much of the work of WB Yeats and his brother Jack.

  • Mon Jul 23rd: Gibraltor ‘Out to the rocks – with Cllr. Rosaleen O’Grady walks with you from Maugherboy to Gibraltor. Meet outside Merville Community Centre, Maugherboy.
  • Tues Jul 24: Sally Gardens – In partnership Ballisodare Community Council walk to the legendary site in Yeats’ poetry, associated with Pollixfen’s mill, where Yeats spent much of his childhood. Meet at bridge/handball alley.
  • Wed Jul 25: Slish Wood –Walk with Martin Enright to Yeats’ famous like of Isle of Innisfree along the shores of Lough Gill. Poetry expected – contributions welcome! Meet Slish Wood car park.
  • Thurs Jul 26: Carrowkeel – Sam Moore, archaeologist lecturer, has a keen interest in prehistory and passage tombs. Meet at Carrowkeel car park.
  • Fri Jul 27: Rosses Point – A picturesque maritime village with tales of sailors and the Yeats family’s connections here. Led by Ann Joyce poet and writer & Willie Murphy Sligo-Bay RNLI. Meet at Harry’s Bar.

Other events taking place during the Festival include a major Yeats exhibition ‘Yeats: Portrait of A Family’ at The Model arts centre, the Yeats Summer School, and an outdoor production of Yeats’ last play Purgatory at Hazelwood House by Blue Raincoat Theatre Company.

For further information on each walk, please visit 

All walks are weather dependent and subject to change at short notice. Walkers participate at their own risk. Tread Softly accept no responsibility.