Why not join us on a nice hike up Knocknarea Mountain in Sligo? The views from the top are fabulous. You can see across to Benbulben Mountain, onto Sligo Harbour and Bay and Ballysadare Bay. We explain the archaeology, history and folklore of this small mountain and about mighty Queen Maeve of Connaught who reigned over the province in the 1st Century AD. It is said that she was buried here in a tomb facing her Ulster enemies. This is a great hike for families and children. Trail Duration: c. 2 hours return with stops along the way. Terrain: Rugged and uneven ground underfoot so bring appropriate footwear and a warm jacket and hat! Meeting Point: Carpark on the east side of the mountain. Call for directions.
Time to meet: 11am
*A visit to Carrowmore Megalithic tombs and Interpretive Centre afterwards is an option here, there will be an extra small entrance fee if you wish to enter with us and do a guided walk of c. 1 hour in duration. You can drive/follow us from Knocknarea Mountain carpark to the centre (c. 10 mins)
SPECIAL YEATS EXPERIENCE ON 13TH OF JUNE
Tuesday 13th June 2017
Quote: ‘It has been said that I spent my boyhood in Sligo…for the next twenty years, I spent every summer at Rosses Point’ Jack Butler Yeats
Celebrate the birthday of William Butler Yeats with us in Sligo! Find out why Jack and William Butler Yeats were so inspired by Sligo! Meet us in the morning in the pretty seaside village of Rosses Point. We’ll begin by walking along its promenade by the sea which inspired Jack to paint some pretty scenes and William wrote poetry and tales of how he spent his time here during the summers while visiting Sligo in the 19th Century. We’ll tell you about the shipping industry and emigration history of Sligo harbour and port and there are a few sites to visit along the trail.
After some fresh sea air, we’ll go to Sligo town and relax in award winning W. B’s Coffee House. Enjoy a hearty home-made soup, sandwiches, and refreshments here. Then, we wil take you on an hour long guided walk around historic Sligo where you can quote some of Williams poetry, stop by eye-catching monuments and embrace the cultural buzz.
Terrain: Easy, promenade and roadside
Duration: Each walk is one hour long and on even ground. Lunch is at 12pm and Town historic walk is at 12.45pm.
Min No: 2 @€40pp Meeting Time: 10.30am at Rosses Point
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CARROWKEEL EARLY SOLSTICE HIKE
Monday 19th June 2017
Join us on this special trail in the week of the summer solstice where you will learn about agrarian societies who lived here thousands of years ago and depended on the sun to act as their calendar. One of the tombs dating to 3000 BC at Carrowkeel is aligned with the sunset on the longest day of the year, the 21st of June. How did the people who built them bury their dead in such huge and complex monuments? We will explain the sites when you join us on this trek through time. The trail will take you through rugged and rural countryside with lake and mountain views where sheep roam freely. We will inspect the tombs and talk about ancient Irish battles that took place on nearby plains.
Terrain: Uneven, track, some dry/wet stepped bog Height: Up to Max 321 m Duration: c.2 hrs Time to meet: 12pm at the Carrowkeel Carpark. We will give you directions
CARROWKEEL SOLSTICE HIKE
Wednesday 21st June 2017
Join us on this special time of year on the longest day when past pagan communities in Ireland celebrated the solstice- the longest day in summer. We will start our hike around 6pm at the Carrowkeel carpark and ascend across a rugged mountain track where sheep graze freely. You will feel disconnected from the stresses of every day life! We explain the landscape and settlement history as we head for the tombs.
We will show you a number of passage graves which are over 5000 years old. One of these is aligned with the sunset on the summer solstice where the suns rays shine through a roofbox above the entrance to the tomb. This enables the back burial chamber to be lit with a golden ray of light- a truly amazing phenomenon. This trail is ideal for families and children. We will serve tea/coffee and treats after our trail.
Terrain: Uneven, track, some dry bog steps. Height: Up to Max 321 m Duration: 2-3 hrs Time to meet: 6pm at Carrowkeel carpark. We will give you directions.
SPANISH ARMADA CHARITY WALK
Saturday 1st July 2017
Join us along this stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way if you want to get a blast of fresh sea air, see some ancient fossils, archaeological sites, flora and hear all about the hugely famous story of the ill-fated fleet of the mighty Spanish Armada. In 1588, King Phillip II of Spain had ordered over 130 ships to sail from the port of La Corunna for England with the intention to invade. They failed. On a desperate attempt to flee to Spain, over twenty five Spanish ships became wrecked off Ireland’s coast. Three of them were wrecked at Streedagh.
We'll tell you the miraculous escape story of one of the Captains, Captain Francisco De Cúellar who survived brutal treatment when he was washed to shore and had to watch his comrades die. He was aided by Gaelic Irish chieftans and fought for them in return. It is an amazing story.
Meet at Armada Monument near the beach and no later than 2pm.
Terrain/conditions: rocks, sand, shore, sometime slippy. Wear hiking boots if you have them and wear/bring a warm jacket and hat. Allow c 1.5-2 hrs for this walk. Tea/coffee and treats served afterwards al fresco.
25pp and 10 for children.
20% off total made on the day will go towards Rennafix Oranisation, Sligo which supports Mental Health and encourages outdoor activity and recreation
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CARROWKEEL TOMBS TRAIL
Monday 17th July 2017
Join us on this special trail where you will explore the ancient tombs and landscape of Carrowkeel in Co. Sligo and marvel about ancient megalithic tombs. This trail is fascinating where you will learn about agrarian societies who lived here thousands of years ago and how they buried their dead in sepulchural monuments. The trail will take you through rugged and rural countryside with lake and mountain views where sheep roam freely. We will inspect the tombs and talk about ancient Irish battles that took place on nearby plains. Terrain: Uneven, track, some boggy/wet ground Height: Up to Max 321 m Duration: 2 hrs Time to meet: 10.30am at Carrowkeel carpark. We will give you directions.