Knocknarea, Sligo

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Walk to the summit of Knocknarea, a mountain with loose stones believed to contain a Neolithic tomb. Though the cairn of Queen Maeve of Connacht has not been excavated, it is thought to cover a passage tomb. Hike the paved walkway up to the top of this limestone hill for views of County Sligo (expect it to take about 45 minutes to reach the summit). Experience the natural beauty of this 327 m (1,702 ft) mountain, which has been a significant figure in Irish myth and a meeting place for rituals in the Neolithic era. The mountain and cairn were mentioned in many poems by Yeats. Make your Sligo itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.
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  • We hiked up to Mauve's Tomb. Wonderful views from the top. Wear your hiking boots. Take the long way around.  more »
  • Walking does not stop a second. The climbing work is very good. We had the setback that there was immense wind. We were literally and figuratively transported by the wind. But even that had its charm.
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  • We were in Sligo for the weekend and enjoyed a lovely walk up Knocknarea. It is a little steep but highly enjoyable. round trip of 40 minutes to an hour. Stunning views.  more »
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  • Very nice walk, not too difficult, amazing views. I specially loved walk in the forest. Definitely recommend
  • I've done this walk a few times. However, this time a bit differently with the newly added path around the Sligo side of the mountain. I recommend starting at the Sligo side car park and going up to the top and back down the Strandhill side through the forest. Then take the loop around back to the car park. This may be best for those, like me, who aren't very fit. I had my legs under me for the strenuous bit with loose rock and the loop is pretty easy on tired legs. Starting on Strandhill side, up and over, then around would be the same. It took me about two hours with lots of stops for photos. There is a nice little crepe and snack cart in the car park but not open all the time.
  • Well worth a look on a dry day
  • Very pleasant walk, great views on a clear day.
  • Well this place does look like it would be spectacular and on a nice day absolutely lovely. But doing the normal gung-ho attitude I looked at the new path and decided to make a go of it and followed it around. After a few steep climbs I was wondering where the Cairn was and only found a recently cleared area of trees. Turns out a new path had been done and this walk doesn’t take you up to the outlook and the Cairn. If you want to do that you need to follow the really rocky and uneven path and walk straight up. Certainly don’t follow the new nice smooth lovely path! But this is fairly typical of walks and things like this in Ireland, you need a little bit of local knowledge to know what you are doing and where to go. So the actual Knocknarea looks pretty amazing! Looking forward to going back.
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