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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  • Went up here on Sunday weather wasn’t the best but said we would keep going.parked in the Strandhill rugby clubs carpark which is opposite the pathway. Once up the gravel path there are great views ov...  more »
  • Lovely short hike to the top. Great views even on a grey day. Well worth it. Helpful info about the area along the way. Will do it again on a sunny day.  more »
  • Two ways to the top: one with stairs and one without. Great trail with wonderful views around sligo and Strandhill!  more »
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  • Great family friendly walk less than 1.5 hours
  • Very scenic walk / hike and brilliant view south to Mayo and north to Donegal. Magic!
  • Nice hike uphill. Takes about 40 minutes to go up. 360 degree view from the top. The cairn on top of the mountain is said to be the grave of a mysthical ancient Queen Meave.
  • Nice hike up the hill with amazing panoramic views on top.
  • Absolutely stunning! 😍

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Where to stay in Sligo

The town of Sligo boasts a number of lovely accommodations, including hostels and guesthouses, while the landscape surrounding the town is dotted with hotels catering to a range of budgets. If you want to surf away your holiday or explore the setting that inspired Yeats, stay in a bed and breakfast in Sligo town along Old Dublin Road. If you prefer to stay in a more natural setting, explore options in the surrounding countryside. In either case, you will be able to access the alluring coast and the town's historical monuments easily.
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