Knocknarea

Knocknarea, Sligo: Hours, Address, Knocknarea Reviews: 5/5

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MrsWoman94
Western Ireland, Ireland350 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
A really rewarding experience and the scenery is stunning on your ascent. We approached from the Ransboro side starting from the good sized car park. It took me about 30 minutes and the climb is strenuous enough so a moderate level of fitness would be needed. The paved path from the car park is easy enough to navigate but the ascent gets steeper from the gate half way up. There are plenty of places to stop for a breather and take in the views before the steeper section takes you to the summit. I’d recommend a pair of sturdy shoes as the loose stone can be tricky. Once at the top however your efforts are rewarded with the most wonderful views. Take binoculars and feast your eyes. It was a lovely day and the views over Benbulben, Ox Mountains, Lough Gill and of course the sparkling blue Atlantic were spectacular. It was really good to get up close to Queen Maebh’s tomb which is quite remarkable. It’s also worth spending the time finding the other cairns that are up there. I personally found the descent a bit tough on the knees but it was so worth it for the sense of achievement. A must do if in the area.
Written September 6, 2021
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JohnR
Kilcock, Ireland17 contributions
Aug 2021
Most reviews had this as a couple of hours walk, but there is a extensive 6+km walking route that would be worth doing going up and over Knocknarea if it suited you. We went from the older side, (From Google Maps in the Carpark) the other entrance is form the Strandhill side. Knocknarea over looking Sligo, dominating the landscape along with Benbulben, with the amazing cairn sitting on top, one of the biggest monuments of its type in Ireland and the place/Views were astounding! well worth the climb and would leave enough time to complete the full walk. Another great outdoor walking location with loads of history!
Written August 13, 2021
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NewGirl Grey
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Feb 2022
Lovely way to spend a morning in Sligo!

We parked in the car park (Queen Maeve's Grave car park), and it's about a 40 minute hike up to the top, and 30 minutes back down. Very manageable walk, suitable for all levels, but steep in parts so you may need to stop to catch your breath! Views from the top are worth it.

Would recommend wellies if there has been heavy rainfall.
Written February 28, 2022
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Dymps66
Ireland155 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
Hiked up knocknarea today to visit queen maebhs carne. We hiked from the knocknarea side up to the carne then continued down the other side of the mountain overlooking the fabulous atlantic ocean, through the forest and along the loop. It took about 2 hours in total but was so relaxing and the views were spectacular. The carne itself was huge and of course we carried a stone from the bottom of the mountain to add to the carne for good luck. So happy to have finally got to visit this sacred site and to learn more about our ancient history.
Written August 3, 2020
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LauraP
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Aug 2020 • Couples
Our google maps originally brought us to a different car park, which would have been a longer hike (approx. 3 hours) which we were not in the market for! We went to Grange Car park, which is the most straight forward way to Queen Maebh’s tomb. It is steep at particular parts, but it is very doable. I would be of moderate Fitness, and needed to take a breathe once or twice on the way up, but it’s very doable, and it’s a great sense of accomplishment (for a non-hiker like me) when you get to the top. There was people of various abilities there. I was initially surprised to see such young kids, and while they did work up a sweat, many of them basically flew up the hills! Annoyingly there was 2 people sitting down on the latter part of the tomb rocks having lunch. They sat themselves into the mound at the bottom, and I just found it so inconsiderate, as they were technically Sitting into part of the tomb. I know to the eye it’s a pile of rocks, but the first view of the tomb was spoiled by these two numpties! Similarly to another review, just ‘don’t be that guy’! Even if they had gone around the back it wouldn’t have been as bad; or on a big isolated stone away from the Cairn, or on the grass!
Anyway, it’s worth the little trek for sure, and would recommend, particularly for those that would not have the best fitness level, but are up for the challenge!
Written August 17, 2020
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Shill007
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Aug 2021 • Family
This trail is a must if you're visiting Strandhill. I parked at Sligo Rugby Club and go across the road from there. This is a strenuous climb in parts. It is very easy to follow and seating to admire the views on way up. Boardwalk can be slippy in places and has a rope in parts of it to use as a handrail. I went in the afternoon so thankfully not many people there. The views are amazing when you get as far as the Cairn. Took approx 1.45 hrs up and back. Don't forget to make small contribution to the Rugby Club for the use of their carpark, box just inside their entrance
Written August 16, 2021
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Chloe R
3 contributions
Mar 2020
Beautiful walk up a clearly marked path through the forest and out onto the open hill top. Fairly steep in places but easy to take it at your own pace. Beautiful views all around, would recommend this walk.
Written March 16, 2020
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Tríona C
Cobh, Ireland66 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
Myself and my hubbie and two boys did this amazing climb this week and it was just stunning. We were blessed with a scorcher of a day and took our time to enjoy the hike up. This walk is do able for everyone really of a moderate fitness. We got to the top in 29 mins with rest stops along the way. It was so worth the climb. The history of the cairn and tombs is fantastic but the 360° views were just breathtaking. This is a special place. Make sure to carry a stone up with you to place on the grave for good luck. ( And do not remove any !!! ) Go for it. So worth the bit of effort .
Written August 11, 2020
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Gretta M
Athlone, Ireland21 contributions
Aug 2020 • Friends
A lovely climb with stunning views on the descent. We walked from the Rugby Club up to Queen Maeve’s tomb. It’s a relatively easy walk with lots of boardwalk sections and paths through forests. Lovely views of the sea and Strandhill Airport.
Written September 27, 2020
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Donna C
New Orleans, LA10 contributions
Jul 2012 • Family
Since I walk 4 to 6 miles a day, I figured this hike would be a snap. I forgot that treadmills are horizontal. This trip is a little more on the vertical side! Terrific walk/hike; the 360 degree view from the top is spectacular. Wouldn't have missed it. Next time, I'm taking a picnic and staying on the plateau at the top for lunch!
Written August 13, 2012
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