In Strandhill We are lucky to have guided walking tours with 'Seatrails' who provide a Walking and Archaelogical Tour of the Sligo Region. Seatrails provides guided archaeological and historical walking tours within and close to the coastal zone of Co. Sligo. Sligo, both town and county is steeped in history and archaeology. People have been travelling across land and by boat to Sligo for thousands of years passing on traditions. Some of them have left their mark behind within the coastal zone and on the landscape. There are numerous impressive sites and monuments that absolutely must be seen! If you want to do something different and it’s the wow factor you’re looking for when you visit Sligo and if you have a culturally curious mind, then come out with Seatrails and explore!
Knocknarea where the Iron Queen, the last high queen of Connacht is buried, is a magnificent scenic walk and can be accessed within ten minutes from Strandhill. It takes about 45-60mins to reach the large Burial Chamber of Queen Maeve at the Summit of the Mountain.
Across the Bay you can see Ben Bulben the famed and mythological mountain made famous by WB Yeats but long before Sligos most famous son wrote poems about the majestic site - it was part of Sligo/Leitrims rich folklore. Many mythological battles took place here and along with Cu Culainn and Fionn is noted in many manuscripts. It also the place of the famed 'Battle of the Books' or the Battle for the Book of Cathach which is Irelands oldest manuscript dated from around the period 590 to 600 AD. It has 58 surviving folios which contain Psalms 30:10 to 105:13. The Book of Cathach is also known as the Cathach of St Columba (cathach meaning battle/battler). Ben Bulben is a striking site on the Sky Line of the North-West and from its top one can see five counties - a little more taxing to negotiate when walking but definitely worth the effort. WB Yeats is buried in its shadow.
Ben Bulben forms part of the Dartry Mountain Range and all are well worth the visit.
Within Strandhill there is a magnificent scenic walk along Culleenamore strand which can be accessed along the winding coast of the Strandhill Peninsula.
Just Click the link www.discoverireland.ie for a list of all walking trails in the Sligo Region
Explore the North West Trail: www.northwest-trail.com
Tour de Humbert Route
North -West Tourism, Temple Street, Sligo
Runs from Kilcummin on Killala Bay in Mayo where a French expeditionary force landed in 1798 to help the Irish in their rebellion that year. It follows the erratic path of the advancing force to the scene of their final battle.
The route passes through the magnificent Sligo countryside. The trail is marked with finger sign posts and sites of the historical interest on the route are marked by explanatory panels.
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