Knocknashee (the hill of the fairies) is very close to where I live and I’ve wanted to walk up in for a long time. I’m delighted that there is now an official walk up there and I went up a couple of weeks ago.
Weather wise it wasn’t the best day but if you are waiting for sunshine in Ireland sometimes you’ll have a long wait. It was lovely though, even with the drizzle. Although I know on a clear day the views will be much better.
There is space for a few cars to park at the start of the walk, I’m putting a link to the map because I found it quite hard to find and I think others might too.
Knocknashee is a hillfort, dating back to the Bronze Age. If you are interested in reading more about it check out the Voices of the Dawn website.
Now onto the walk, it’s not a long walk but it is fairly steep in places. There’s a chance to catch your breath halfway up at the wood carvings.
It really is stunning, I loved seeing Court Abbey Cemetery and just enjoying the walk surrounded by lamps and sheep.
It’s very atmospheric up at the top, the bog cotton was swaying in the breeze and I thought about the people who would have lived there years ago. The Achonry Mullinabreena Community Group have done great work in the area and this walk is just one example, so well done to them.
Things to note:
Dogs aren’t allowed, even if they are on leads – the walk is on open farmland. Please don’t walk or stand on the cairns.
You can read more on the Sligo Walks website.