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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. Put Knocknarea into our Sligo vacation builder to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Sligo.
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  • A very nice, easy walk, leading to the grave of Queen Maeve. The Summit offers a sumptuous view of all the region, sea, lakes, plains and hills. A treat.
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  • The cairn is quite impressive and the views worth spending some time wondering around looking at. We are disappointed to see people (including locals) walking on top of, and climbing up the cairn desp...  more »
  • Lovely walk to do with the children, amazing views from top!!! Extra bonus lovely local lady selling crepes, drinks at the bottom. Really lovely to see for once somewhere selling drinks etc at normal ...  more »

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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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