Trip Planner: Europe / Ireland / Western Ireland / Province of Connacht / County Sligo / Sligo / Knocknarea
Walk to the summit of Knocknarea, a mountain with loose stones believed to contain a Neolithic tomb. Though the cairn of Queen Maeve of Connacht has not been excavated, it is thought to cover a passage tomb. Hike the paved walkway up to the top of this limestone hill for views of County Sligo (expect it to take about 45 minutes to reach the summit). Experience the natural beauty of this 327 m (1,702 ft) mountain, which has been a significant figure in Irish myth and a meeting place for rituals in the Neolithic era. The mountain and cairn were mentioned in many poems by Yeats. Make your Sligo itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.
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... more »
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.... more »
The trails are well maintained. It’s not a difficult hike to the top, but also not easy. The views along the way are spectacular. If possible, start from the car park and cross the mountain down towards the sea.
Very nice walk, not too difficult, amazing views. I specially loved walk in the forest. Definitely recommend
Plan your trip to Sligo
Get a personalized tripA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Sligo
Side trips from Sligo
Hidden gems in Sligo
Nature in Sligo
Historic Sites in Sligo
Trips to Knocknarea by other users
2 days in Sligo BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Lissadell House Donegal Castle Bluestack Mountains Scenic Route 15 days in Belfast, Coleraine & Ireland BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM Belfast Coleraine Letterkenny 60 days in Western Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA Belfast Armagh Derry 11 days in Ireland's West Coast BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Clonakilty Killarney Doolin 39 days in Western Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Slane Galway Westport 6 days in Sligo BY A USER FROM IRELAND Sligo Abbey Yeats Memorial Building Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery