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Sligo Walking Festival 2019

Will begin on January 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Sligo Walking Festival 2019 – Press Release

These are exciting times for Sligo and Northwest of Ireland, with huge announcements for adventure sports and cool new events bubbling up across the county it is no surprise that Sligo are now hosting the third annual county wide walking festival on Fri 25th, Sat 26th and Sun 27th of January 2019.

Local award winning adventure providers Northwest Adventure Tours are collaborating with a number of activity providers and the Riverside Hotel to put together an enticing package that is attractive for both visitors coming to Sligo for the first time and for locals looking for a new perspective of their home town, i.e. an elevated one. The Walking Festival aims bring visitors to Sligo and showcase the stunning natural beauty of the area.

The team at Northwest Adventure Tours is looking forward to meeting walkers old and new out on the hills.  “We have included a wide variety of walks so there is sure to be a walk to suit to your individual level of fitness”. Walks are graded as either A, B or C depending on fitness level or just what you might feel up to on the weekend in question. A walks are for very experienced hikers involving greater distances and more hills. B walks are for experienced hill walkers or those with a standard of fitness and ability usually gained through regular exercise. C walks are for leisure or regular walkers, these are the easiest walks and require some basic fitness and the ability to walk for 2-3 hours on flat or easy rolling terrain.

Bus transfers leave from the Riverside Hotel and are included as part of the package so leave your car behind and allow the adventurers to shuttle you around for the weekend. There is so much on in Sligo over the walking festival weekend with markets, live music gigs and great places to eat. It’s the perfect weekend to explore a hikers dream terrain then kick back, eat some delicious food and be entertained.

One quirky twist of the weekend is the Night Hike designed to launch the festival on Friday night. Venturing out under a starlit sky with torches to light your way through this ancient landscape. This does indeed seem to be the perfect chilled out yet exhilarating start to a weekend of entertaining adventure that Northwest Adventure Tours are well renowned for.

For more information on the hikes and to book tickets visit: www.northwestadventuretours.ie/sligowalkingfestival


Welcome Evening Friday 25th January Day 1

Bus Departs: 7:00 pm Duration: 2.5 hours; approx. 9km.

The night hike will take us out under a starlit sky through a section of the Killaspugbrone trail which runs from Strandhill village through the dunes to the foot of the Queen Maeves Trail. From here we will make our way to the tomb topped summit to enjoy the view of the twinkle of the village lights below. Guided by expert guides our torches will light our way through this ancient mythical landscape. Learn all about Queen Maeve and the ancient myths that surround her and this area as well as how Knocknarea got its unique shape. A perfect chilled out start to an exhilarating weekend.

Saturday 26th January Day 2

Bus Departs: 8.30am.   Duration: 6-7 hours; approx. 12km.


A Walk – Glencar Escarpment

This incredible A Walk will bring us across the top of Dartry mountain range overlooking the picturesque glacial valley that is Glencar,dsc00125 home to the famous Glencar Waterfall, The Devils Chimney, The Swiss valley, Glencarbury Mines and Glencar Lake.

Many who have walked this route refer to it as county Sligo’s most beautiful route.

Bus Departs: 8.30am.   Duration: 6-7 hours; approx. 12km.


B Walk – Benwisken

Benwisken or ‘The Breaking Wave’ is situated in the middle of the Darty Mountain range flanked to the north by Truskmore and Benbulben to the south

Bus Departs – 8.30 am Duration 4-5 hours approx 10km.


C Walk – Carrowkeel

Carrowkeel or ’Ceathramhadh Caol’ meaning Narrow Quarter is one of Irelands’ finest megalithic cemeteries, overlooking Lough Arrow carrowand along part of the ’Miners Historical Trail’. A well known botanist.

Bus Departs: 9am.   Duration: 2 – 2.5 hours; 5km.


Sunday 27th January Day 3

A Walk – The Royal Peaks

Hike SligoThis is one for the seasoned hikers. On this hike we will traverse the Dartry Mountain range and some of Sligo’s most iconic Mountains.

Bus Departs: 8.30am.   Duration: 6-7 hours; approx. 12km.


B Walk – Benbulben

Benbulben is perhaps one of Irelands best knowing mountains and is located to the north of Sligo town and is part of the Dartry

Mountains in the Northwest of Ireland.

Bus Departs: 9am. Duration: 3-4 hours; 10km


C Walk – Streedagh Armada Walk

Join us along this stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way if you want to get a blast of fresh sea air, see some ancient fossils, flora and hear all about the hugely famous story of the ill-fated fleet of the mighty Spanish Armada.

Bus Departs: 10am.   Duration: 2-3 hours; approx. 14km. 


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