Sligo Walks & Hill Walking Trails in Sligo


Sligo Walks

Explore the Walking Trails of Sligo

Sligo Walks are many and varied and Sligo is home to many marked walks and hill walking trails taking in the breath talking scenery of the Atlantic Ocean to the heights of the majestic Benbulben Mountain and Castle Dargan is the perfect base for your walking holiday in sligo.

Let Castle Dargan arrange all of your ground transportation to and from your Sligo Walks, lunch each day and led by local guides with intimate knowledge of the terrain.

We have included a sample of some local Sligo walks but contact us for detailed walking breaks based your own grade of walking on 071 911 8080 or

The Sligo Way
The Sligo Way starts at Lough Talt on the Tubbercurry/Ballina Road (R294) and goes east through the village of Coolaney on to the town of Collooney. It proceeds eastwards along the shores of Lough Gill to the village of Dromahair where it ends. There are also connections including the Western Way west of Lough Talt and the North Leitrim Glens Walks from Dromahair. The Sligo Way pass by Castle Dargan.

Sligo Spur Walks
These Sligo walks are all circuits which start and finish from a small village or town and are divided into nineteen walks varying from 1 hour to 6 hours in length and often linking into The Sligo Way. There are also many forest walks in the area. The following are a few popular choices amongst locals and visitors to the area.


The aim of Seatrails is to enable you to enjoy & learn about history & archaeology of land & seascapes in an outdoors environment near or within the county of Sligo. You will be guided by a fully insured maritime archaeologist. Click here for May & June Bank Holiday Walk Guide 2013  or log onto for more information, scheduled walks, packages & upcoming events. See more pictures here: pic1, pic2.

Hazelwood Sculpture Trail
Hazelwood is located 5km east of Sligo on the shores of Lough Gill. Wooden sculptures are interspersed along the 2km of trails.

Dooney Rock
This Sligo Walk is located 4km south east of Sligo on the shores of Lough Gill. The 1km circuit and nature trail lead to a stunning viewing point at the top of Dooney Rock and command views of the entire lake and it's islands.

Slish Wood
Slish Wood is located 5km south east of Sligo on the shores of Lough Gill. The 3km of forest trails offer views over Lough Gill and walks down by the lake shore. Sligo's surrounding mountains offer the opportunity for discovering some stunning vantage points of Sligo and it's surrounds.

Knocknarea Mountain
The distinctive 452m mountain is located 10km from Sligo town in the direction of Strandhill. This relatively easy hill walking trail will take approximately 45 - 60 minutes, leads to a mound of stones at the top known as 'Queen Maeve's Grave' - Connaught's legendary queen - believed to be a passage grave dating back to 3,000BC. Views from the top are of Sligo Bay, Mayo, the Ox Mountains and Donegal.

The striking 527m mountain is located north of Sligo town and provides a challenging hill walk to the summit. The table top mountain features prominently in Irish legend and has long been associated with W.B. Yeats, who is buried in it's shadow. The 6km expanse of mountain can be seen in full from the road to Manorhamilton and encompasses the waterfall at Glencar and King's Mountain.   

Sligo City Tourist Trail
This Tourist Trail is a sign posted walking tour through some of the most interesting parts of the city of Sligo. It is basically an historic one, but it does not pretend to show everything of historic interest in the city. Since Sligo is in the heart of the Yeats Country, you can expect to see some places associated with the famous brothers, William Butler Yeats, the poet, and Jack
Butler Yeats, the painter. The poet said: “The place that really influenced my life was Sligo”.
The Trail is sign posted using signs similar to the arrow shown here. These will help you to follow the trail. You should continue walking in the direction indicated by the last signpost, until the next one is sighted. Each sign has a number and these numbers are keyed to the text. The map in the centre pages of this booklet indicates the route taken by the Trail.
The walking trail can be downloaded here: Sligo Walks

Some additional walks can be found on the Sligo Tourism website.