On a clear day when you arrive into Sligo town, you will be welcomed with stunning views of Benbulben mountain. It forms a beautiful backdrop to the town.
If you want to get up close to the iconic Benbulben, but don’t fancy having to climb, you can do the Benbulben Gortarowey walk, it is an easy looped walk, that runs around the base of Benbulben mountain in north County Sligo.
Gortarowey is an all-weather trail with a hard surfaced finish so you can wear old runners or hiking boots, and it’s suitable for all ages and abilities, you can even take a buggy and your dog on a leash. The trail begins in a forest area before opening out to provide beautiful views of Benbulben mountain and you can also view Donegal bay, as you walk around the other side. The walk is about 4 kilometres and takes about one and a half hours.
If you are visiting Sligo for the day, you could also visit W. B. Yeats grave in nearby Drumcliffe Church and then do the Gortarowey walk with lunch afterwards in Henry’s restaurant on the N15 at Cashelgarron. Other scenic locations close by worth visiting, include the Gleniff Horseshoe drive, Mullaghmore and Lissadell House.
Directions to Gortarowey Walk:
Take the N15 road north of Sligo for 8km. Continue for 1.6 kilometres after Drumcliffe village. Take the right-hand turn signposted Barnaribbon up by a thatched cottage. Follow the road straight ahead, and keep left where the road veers right. This will bring you to a car park on your left under Benbulben.