Are you interested in doing one of the best Sligo walks? Then trek up Knocknarea Mountain with us to the grave of Queen Maeve of Connaught and visit the Carrowmore Tombs
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 her. A famous Irish Cattle Raid known as 'The Cattle Raid of Cooley' or in Irish, 'Táin Bó Cúailnge' is associated with her. On this trek, we tell you about her, the archaeology, geology and folklore of the mountain and we pass a small ruined village which are remains of cottages lived in by large families during the Irish famine. There are mountain sheep grazing here and you can expect to see wild Irish orchids and Irish bog cotton blowing in the wind. The views from the top of Knocknarea are incredible overlooking Sligo Bay and Harbour and Benbulben Mountain to the north. As we descend, gorgeous coastal and mountainous views will inspire you.
Tea/coffee and treats will be served to you after our hike 'al fresco' at the carpark and then we will continue in our cars to the Carrowmore tombs, located close by. A small entry free will be required here. We will show you the ancient megalithic tombs and explain their construction and meaning and you can browse afterwards at your leisure.
Height: 327 metres. estimated time to top- 50 mins.
Terrain: Varied- Uneven-mountain track, gravel, some steps, grassy, rocky, peat
Duration: 2 hrs
Meeting point: Knocknarea Carpark on East of Mountain side (Marked 'P' on OS map 16). We will provide you with directions after you book.
Priceand Payment: €45.00 Adult, €20.00 Child. All bookings must be made in advance online payment is required at time of booking. No cash payment on the day.