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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  • The summit is only around 2kms from the car park, but it can be tough going at times and you'll need probably 45 minutes to cover it. But when you're up there the views are stunning and go on for mile...  more »
  • Place offering a ride pretty hard (40 minutes to climb with slippery and steep areas) at the top the view is magnificent. We regretted that walkers do not meet the set do not climb on the huge cairn on the set.
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  • It's 1.2km to the burial mound at the top, we walked through the drizzle and mist and it soon cleared and were rewarded with fine views.  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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