This recently launched Queen Maeve trail, an initiative of the Sligo County Council, takes walkers up the northern slopes of Knocknarea, past Megalithic and Bronze Age remains, on through Coillte forests along a raised boardwalk or ‘bog bridge’ to the summit. Along the route are abandoned and derelict stone cottages, with stories to tell. The trail includes over 500 wooden steps and opens out onto Knocknarea’s summit, providing spectacular views over Sligo and Ballisodare Bay, with wider views stretching as far as Nephin in Mayo to Slieve League sea cliffs in Donegal. Follow the trail to Queen Maeve’s Cairn which sits proudly at the mountain summit.

While the walk is considered relatively easy and suitable for all ages, it is important to come prepared. Bring good footwear and water, as the climb starts near sea level and climbs approximately 900ft before the sights of Sligo and surrounding Strandhill reveal themselves. The ascent takes around 1 hour, with the descent taking about 40 minutes.


Coming from Strandhill and starting at the beach, head out of the village, taking the left turn at the Spar shop. Head up the hill and exit the roundabout to the left, heading for Sligo. Keep your eyes open for the Sligo Rugby Club on your left, which is where you should park. The trail starts directly opposite that.

Go Strandhill - Queen Maeve Trail