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Sligo Town, Co. Sligo
Free to visit
This lakeshore loop in spectacular County Sligo boasts island views, pretty woodlands and even works of art over its easy 3km.

Taking just 1 hour to complete, this flat, easy loop in the Hazelwood Demesne near Sligo Town is also buggy and wheelchair-friendly.

Starting from pretty Half Moon Bay, the terrain consists of multi-access path and forest track as it skirts the stunning shoreline of Lough Gill. Along the way you’ll spot a smattering of idyllic islands and drink in seriously stunning lake views.

On the return you’ll walk through the demesne’s 250 year old woodlands and find a number of fascinating wooden sculptures by renowned Irish and international artists.

In nearby Sligo Town, enjoy your pick of welcoming pubs, cafés and restaurants to relax in after this delightful loop.

Trail details

Walking Trail
Hazelwood Forest
Dogs allowed:
    Time:1 hour
    Nearest town start:Sligo
    Nearest town finish:Sligo
    Start point:Hazelwood Car park
    Finish point:Hazelwood Car park
    Facilities:Sligo Town: All services
    At trailhead: parking and picnic area
Why we like it
  • Suitable for all ages and abilities.
  • Excellent views of Lough Gill, Dooney Rock, Church, Wolf, Cottage and Goat Islands, as well as an island known as Bernard’s. 
Tips from locals

Pack some lunch or a thermos of tea and make sure you stop to enjoy the quiet picnic area with stunning lakeside views of  Lough Gill.

Contact details
Kiltycahill, Sligo, Ireland
Leave no trace
  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Be considerate of others
  • Respect farm animals and wildlife
  • Travel and camp responsibly
  • Leave what you find
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Protect nature from fire
More to discover at this venue
The great outdoorsHazelwood Forest

The Hazelwood Forest is 5km outside Sligo Town, located at Half Moon Bay along the shores of Lough Gill. It is known locally for its beautiful forest trails, mature trees, quiet picnic areas and magnificent lakeside scenery.

Lough Gill

Lough Gill is a large lake, about 8 kilometres long and 2 kilometres wide. There is public access to the lough from a pier on the south shore at the mouth of the Garavogue River, at Inishfree Pier and at Shriff Bay.

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