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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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  • It is really worth the effort to climb this to see Maeve's tomb and the spectacular views of the coastline and the surrounding mountains. It is not too difficult even if you are not used to doing much...  more »
  • Leaving the coast, follow the signs "Knocknarea" for a few km to get to parking. Follow the path stones for a beautiful ride up to the top to discover the tomb of the Queen Maeve who is actually a huge pile of large stones that dominates the entire region. However there was no luck... Reached the top it started to rain a torrent and the descent was not all rest between the floor which became slippery and the road which turns into river... We arrived at the parking lot, soaked to the bone... Too bad because the view from the top is breathtaking I wish to enjoy this ride (after 2 h round trip with children). A review in the Sun it must be beautiful!
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  • Follow the signs to the car park. Ample parking, also a little 'snack van' where you can buy hot drinks/ snacks! We walked up, and around the 'summit' for some lovely views of the area. It was really ...  more »
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  • Such natural beauty with great views
  • Good place to go up with great views on Strandhill
  • Nice
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