The Sligo Way is an 80 km route that traverses the County of Sligo in the northwest of Ireland from Lough Talt, in the Ox Mountains near the Mayo border, to the town of Dromahair in County Leitrim. There are magnificent views east over to Ben Bulben, north across Donegal Bay to Slieve League and west to the Nephin mountain range from the high moorland in the Ox Mountains during the early part of the route, and some pleasant woodland lakeside sections towards the end. As the route begins in the mountains, the total aggregate ascent over the entire route is only 900 metres, and there are no significant climbs involved at any stage. Attractions along the way include a crannog or early lake dwelling on Lough Talt, megalithic tombs, which are abundant in west Sligo, and WB Yeats's Lake Isle of Inishfree on Lough Gill. But for short boggy and wet sections near Easky Lough, Ballygawley Woods, Lough Lumman and the Lough Gill area, the route provides, in the main, an enjoyable and comfortable walking experience. Terrain consists mainly of forest tracks and ride lines, quiet side roads, and open moorland paths (often wet and boggy in places). There are no accommodation options available for about the first 40 km of the route, but plenty thereafter.
Maps and other information
Sligo County Council, Riverside, Sligo. Tel: 071-9156666 Email: email@example.com Also Sligo LEADER Partnership Co. Development Centre, Cleveragh Road, Sligo. Tel: 071 9141138. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
At Start - at Largan Church
At End - in Dromahair village
Also at Lough Easkey G 44901 23733; Union Wood G 69313 29477; Ladies Brae G 53176 29046; Slish Wood G 73878 31387 and Innisfree G 77000 32849
On street car parking available in Coolaney, Collooney and Dromahair villages
***Do not bring dogs on any section of the Sligo Way which crosses farmland***
Further information on the Sligo Way visit https://sligowalks.ie/walks/the-sligo-way/
The Sligo Walking Guide is available from the Sligo Tourist Information Centre, Old Bank Building, O'Connell Street, Sligo, F91 VAK2 or by emailing email@example.com.
Maps can also be downloaded from https://sligowalks.ie/walks/the-sligo-way/
At Start: None At End: Bus to Sligo
Simon from United Kingdom
Fiona from Galway
Ed from Cork
Liz from Meath
Dean from Dublin
From Lough Easkey all the way to Union Woods in Coolaney is on hard tarmac so be aware of this when packing (the hard ground makes for very sore feet).
1st day took us 8 hours to walk from Lough Talt to Coolaney where we stayed at The Mountain Inn bed and breakfast. Great hosts, great bed and lovely breakfast.
2nd day we made our way from Coolaney to Union Rock, taking us 5 hours but at a nice easy pace. Here we set up tent for the night, lit a small camp fire and enjoyed a bbq and beers. We enjoyed a lovely night sky with stars shining down on us.
3rd day we made our way from Union Rock to Dromahair taking us approx 4 hours. Great views to enjoy along this path including Slish Wood and Lough Gill. Highly recommended.
We also took a 2 hour break down at a pier beside the lake where we bathed in the sunshine and had lunch.
Rosway Walkers from Galway