Knocknarea, County Sligo

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The hill of Knocknarea is to the West of Sligo town.

You will see it clearly when passing through on any tours of Ireland.

It is 1078 feet high.

 

On the south-west of the hill is the Glen of Knocknarea, a deep cleft nearly a mile long and only thirty feet broad.

It is bounded on each side by steep cliffs and overgrown with trees and shrubs.

There are ferns and ivy which spring up from the crevices in the rocks.

It is a botanist’s paradise!

 

Topping the wide and windy hill is a great cairn known as “Miscaun Meadhbh”, a monument to Queen Maeve of Connaught.

It has a circumference of 630 feet at the base.

The slope to the crown is 80 feet and the diameter on the top 100 feet.

The weight of the stones used is estimated in excess of 40,000 tons.

 

It’s a real hidden gem which can be seen when travelling with Ireland and Scotland Luxury Tours.