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“Excellent hike, no matter how many times you do it!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Knocknarea

Knocknarea
Sligo, Ireland
353-71-61201
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Ranked #1 of 70 Attractions in Sligo
Type: Mountains, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Outdoors
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Strandhill, Ireland
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105 attraction reviews
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137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
“Excellent hike, no matter how many times you do it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

I live nearby so can go up & down Knocknarae whenever the mood takes me. I prepared for going up Half Dome in Yosemite by going up & down Knocknarae around 100 times last summer, but never once did I get bored!
It's such an easy but rewarding hike, and there's always something to surprise you when you get up there! On the right day you can hike up through the fog, emerge at the top and be above the fog line and see the whole of Sligo covered in a shroud with only Benbulben across the bay sticking out of the fog!! Maybe even be rewarded with a fogbow over Queen Maeve like I was! Only in Ireland could you do this & have it all to yourself!!
Definitely recommended! And it was so nice to share this Sligo experience with my relatives from the USA recently! They loved it!

Visited April 2014
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Long Valley, NJ
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“Fantastic views all around”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

My cousin took us up on a hike up to the top of Knocknarea - we drove from Strandhill around the mountain to the parking lot that got us partially up the mountain. It was really nice to have his local knowledge and some stories to share about an event called the "Warriors Run" which has contestants racing up from Strandhill and back down - the trails are rocky and uneven so these folks must be mental! But once you get to the top, the views of Benbulben, Sligo town, the countryside and the ocean views are incredible. Luckily we had the perfect weather for it - full sun with some clouds and barely any wind. The trails up were of moderate difficulty because of the incline and they cut through farms so there's opportunity to see the animals about in the fields. This is definitely a must do if ever in the area and you have 2 or so hours to drive to it and hike on a beautiful day.

Visited April 2014
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“Exercise!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Only intended to visit Strandhill but on way back passed by and decided to climb. Not overly tiring but well worth the effort not only for the history but also the views. Allow 2 hours and take the shorter slightly steeper route to the summit rather than the sharp left turn and up through the gully.

Visited April 2014
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“So worth it!! ”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

It seem harmless enough, but boy there are areas that are steep!! It a great heart and lung workout. However, it is all worth it as the 360 views from the top are breath taking.. Enjoy!

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“Lovely View, Easy Climb”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

It is quite easy to climb and when you get too the top the view is lovely! its a great way to pass time on a nice afternoon. We brought the dogs up too and everyone else is good with keeping their dogs on a lead!

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