Sligo Way, Ireland


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Trail stats

50.54 mi
Elevation gain
3,314 ft
Technical difficulty
Elevation loss
3,760 ft
Max elevation
868 ft
Min elevation
9 ft
Trail type
One Way
3 days 15 hours 51 minutes
May 11, 2022
April 2022
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868 ft
9 ft
50.54 mi

near Largan, Connaught (Ireland)

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Itinerary description

The Sligo Way runs for 81 kilometres through the county in Ireland of the same name, and can be completed in three or four days. Splitting into three sections, the first from Lough Talt to beyond Easky Lough ("lough" is the Irish name for a lake) is through forestry and moorland, up a valley and over a ridge, mainly on gravel tracks. The second section is on quiet, single track roads, mainly through farmland but with a section over mountains by forestry with panoramic views from Ladies Brae. This middle section visits the villages of Coolaney and Collooney where there are shops and other facilities. Collooney also has a train station with quick links to the city of Sligo, as well as Dublin. Finally, the third section from Collooney to Dromahair is in my opinion the best, through Union Woods, a natural forest rather than a conifer plantation, over hills and moorland on a well maintained path, then through Slish Woods to follow the banks of Lough Gill. Dromahair is the terminus of the Sligo Way, a village with shops and bars. Nearby are Abbey ruins.

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PictographLake Altitude 575 ft
Photo ofBench by Lough Lumman

Bench by Lough Lumman

Lunch by Lough Lumman made pleasant by a handy bench overlooking the water.

PictographProvisioning Altitude 83 ft
Photo ofDromahair


The village of Dromahair is the end of the Sligo Way, I stopped at the Centra supermarket where they sold coffee and breakfast rolls.

PictographTrain stop Altitude 128 ft
Photo ofCollooney Train station

Collooney Train station

I caught the train from Collooney to Sligo for the night. Collooney has a café, shops and other facilities. This route diverts into the centre of the village to visit these offerings (especially the Nook Café).

PictographProvisioning Altitude 200 ft


Village with shops. The Sligo Way follows a Riverbank walk, but I diverted into the main street to visit the shop for a coffee.

PictographRuins Altitude 84 ft
Photo ofCreevelea Friary Photo ofCreevelea Friary Photo ofCreevelea Friary

Creevelea Friary

Creevelea Friary dates from the 16th century but Oliver Cromwell shut it down in 1642. The ruins are used as a graveyard.

PictographPanorama Altitude 559 ft
Photo ofLadies Brae

Ladies Brae

Ladies Brae is a hill with fine views to the north.

PictographTree Altitude 79 ft
Photo ofMillennium Woods Camping spot

Millennium Woods Camping spot

Millennium Woods have been planted in various parts of Ireland to celebrate the year 2000, one tree for each member of the population. Only native trees were planted in an attempt to recreate Ireland's native forests. I chose a spot in one of these woods to camp for a night, leaving no trace of my stay.

PictographWaypoint Altitude 126 ft

Multiple Sligo Way Trails

I was a little confused as the signs implied there were alternative routes for the Sligo Way, although my documentation suggested there were not.

PictographWaypoint Altitude 12 ft
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Innisfree viewpoint

Yeats wrote a poem about the Isle of Innisfree and from this jetty you can see the island. There is a handy information board with the poem on. Its sentiments are as relevant today as they were in 1888.

PictographProvisioning Altitude 20 ft
Photo ofSligo Photo ofSligo Photo ofSligo


Although the city of Sligo is not on the Sligo Way it is worth a diversion by catching a train from Collooney. In addition to accommodation, shops, cafes, restaurants, bars etc. there is a ruined abbey. I also liked the wall murals.

PictographWaypoint Altitude 536 ft
Photo ofStart of Sligo Way Photo ofStart of Sligo Way Photo ofStart of Sligo Way

Start of Sligo Way

The Sligo Way starts by Lough Talt, close to the border with County Mayo.

PictographPanorama Altitude 388 ft
Photo ofUnion Rock

Union Rock

Although not directly on the Sligo Way, worth the diversion to these rounded rocks to see the view.


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