Are you interested in doing one of the best Sligo walks? Then trek up Knocknarea Mountain with us to the resting site of Queen Maeve of Connaught.
Some of the oldest passage graves in Europe can be found in a huge megalithic cemetery just south west of Sligo town called Carrowmore. Situated in rural, agricultural low land, there are over thirty surviving tombs. These are situated on the same peninsula as a large prehistoric monument known as Queen Maeve's Grave which can be seen for miles.
First, we will start our trek at a carpark half way up Knocknarea Mountain and head towards Queen Maeve's Grave. Maeve was a famous Irish Queen, (Queen Maeve of the province of Connaught). She had many husbands throughout her reign in the 1st Century AD and was known for being fiery and jealous of those who had more wealth than she. A famous Irish Cattle Raid known as 'Táin Bó Cúailnge' is associated with her. On this trek, we tell you about her, the archaeology on the mountain and we pass a small famine village. The views from the top are imncredible overlooking Sligo Bay and Harbour and Benbulben Mountain to the north. As we descend, gorgeous coastal and mountainous views open up all around. The max height of Knocknarea is 327 metres. Time to top- 45 mins.
*For couples, if you wish, we will serve tea/coffee and treats after our hike at the carpark and then continue in our cars to the Carrowmore tombs, located at the base of the mountain. (Small entry free required of €3.50). We will show you the ancient megalithic tombs here and explain their construction and meaning and you can browse in their interesting visitor centre afterwards.
Terrain: Varied- Uneven-mountain track, gravel, some steps, grassy, rocky
Duration: 2 hrs
Meeting point: Knocknarea Carpark on East of Mountain side (Marked 'P' on OS map 16). Call us for directions if you are unsure! 087 2405071
Price: Knocknarea Mountain, Queen Maeve's Trail Only-Adult €25pp, €10 Child
Couples- €60.00 (includes guided tour at Carrowmore)