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Knocknarea Mountain

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Sligo Tourist Office, O'Connell Street, Sligo, Sligo, Republic of Ireland
T: +353(0)719161201
F: +353(0)719160360
E: info@irelandnorthwest.ie

Knocknarea Mountain (Cnoc na Rí) is situated four miles west of Sligo Town, in the area of the Strandhill Peninsula. This breathtaking mountain dominates the skyline of Sligo town it is 1078 feet high.

Take the neatly paved path from the car park. The walk to the summit of the mountain takes an average of 40 to 45 minutes. Once you reach the top there lies the cairn of Queen Maeve of Connacht. The cairn is about 10 metres high and is visible for miles around. It has not been excavated, but it is thought to cover a passage tomb similar to that of Heapstown Cairn. Queen Maeve and Knocknarea Mountain are mentioned in several of Yeats' poems and are of keen interest in Irish myth. There are spectacular views around County Sligo.

Always take care when climbing rugged or mountainous areas. For further information contact the tourist office.