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Knocknarea Walking Trail
Strandhill, Co. Sligo
Knocknarea Mountain (Cnoc na Rí) is situated four miles west of Sligo Town, in the area of the Strandhill Peninsula. This breathtaking mountain dominates the skyline of Sligo town it is 1078 feet high.

Take the neatly paved path from the car park. The walk to the summit of the mountain takes an average of 40 to 45 minutes. Once you reach the top there lies the cairn of Queen Maeve of Connacht. The cairn is about 10 metres high and is visible for miles around. It has not been excavated, but it is thought to cover a passage tomb similar to that of Heapstown Cairn. Queen Maeve and Knocknarea Mountain are mentioned in several of Yeats' poems and are of keen interest in Irish myth. There are spectacular views around County Sligo.

Always take care when climbing rugged or mountainous areas.

Trail details

Walking Trail
Dogs allowed:
    Time:1.25 hours
    Nearest town start:Strandhill 5km
    Nearest town finish:Strandhill
    Start point:Knocknarea Car Park
    Finish point:Knocknarea Car Park
    Waymarking:Red arrow on black background
    Facilities:Car parking, café at trailhead
Contact details
Knocknarea, Knocknarea South, Co. 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
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