Sligo – Take a walk on the wild side
Sligo is Yeats Country and it’s easy to see why the poet and playwright was so captivated by the scenery. Take one of the dozens, perhaps hundreds, of walks on offer and you’ll understand it too. The choice is very broad so whether you’re looking for a nature walk with the little ones, a romantic stroll or a challenging uphill hike, you’ll find just what you’re looking for.
Sligo town is a lovely urban area to walk around and you can start your town tour (4.5km) directly from The Glasshouse. If you’d like a slightly longer walk (7.5km), this is a lovely option which goes along the banks of the Garravogue River and takes in two parks. Again, you can start from the hotel and on a fine day there are some lovely picnic spots.
Starting and finishing at the same point means you can park the car and head off on a circuit confident in your route. They are clearly marked.
Way Marked Trails
These trails are linear marked walks which often cover a great distance. Two long distance trails go through Sligo.
The Sligo Way
The Sligo Way is 74km long. Beginning at Lough Talt near Tubbercurry it goes east through the village of Coolaney and Collooney and along the shores of Lough Gill to the village of Dromahair where it ends.
The Miners Way and Historical Trail
This trail is a 118km long network of walking paths which wind their way through adjoining parts of Counties Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon. The Miners Way follows many of the paths used by the miners going to work in the Argina Coal Mines.
If you’re doing a walk of any length, bring good rain gear and wear strong walking shoes or boots. Don’t forget to pack snacks, water and a charged mobile phone.
Help to protect Ireland’s unspoilt environment by familiarising yourself with the outdoor ethics guide before you start out.