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Queen Maeve Trail
Strandhill, Co. Sligo
Free car parking
Embrace some stunning Wild Atlantic Way landscapes on this 2.4km trail up to the summit of Knocknarea Mountain. Boasting ancient history and captivating County Sligo scenery, Queen Maeve’s Trail is a gem.

Taking just under two hours to complete, the spectacular Queen Maeve Trail takes on a sustained climb from the coastal town of Strandhill to the summit of Knocknarea Mountain.

This 2.4km trail is considered strenuous and ascends 300 metres up the mountain’s northern slopes. A linear route through lush pine forest, the terrain consists of gravel paths, timber and gravel steps, as well as an elevated and stepped bog-bridge.

As you follow the route you’ll enjoy stunning views over idyllic islands and bays and from the mountain’s summit, panoramas over counties Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo.

The burial cairn of ancient Queen Maeve rests at the mountain’s summit, giving walkers a dose of history along with that breathtaking scenery.

Back in Strandhill you’ll have you pick of lively cafés, pubs and restaurants to toast your walk in.

Trail details

Walking Trail
Dogs allowed:
    Time:1.75 hours
    Nearest town start:Strandhill
    Start point:Opposite Sligo Rugby Club in Strandhill
    Finish point:Opposite Sligo Rugby Club in Strandhill
    Waymarking:Red arrow on black background
Why we like it
  • Knocknarea mountain stands 320m above sea level giving walkers incredible views over three counties - Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal - from its summit.
  • Along the route you’ll embrace exceptional views of Sligo Bay, Coney Island, Rosses Point and the Sliabh Liag (Slieve League) Mountains in County Donegal.
  • Knocknarea’s summit is the burial place of the famed warrior Queen Maeve of Connacht. The formidable Queen is said to have been buried upright with a spear in hand, ready to face her enemies.
Contact details
Hamilton Park, Larass, 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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