The Challenge : Hike to the summit of 3 of Sligo’s most iconic peaks in one day
Your challenge day begins at the Riverside Hotel, Sligo where sign in and our safety briefing takes place. All Hikers will depart from the hotel by coach. Sign in’ from 7am. Depart hotel at 7.30am Expected return time to hotel: 6.30pm
Peak 1 : Benbulben
Benbuben is by far the most recognizable mountain in Sligo and perhaps all over Ireland. The coach delivers us to our start point a brief 20 minutes from the hotel. The route to the summit takes us through a tranquil blanket bog valley before climbing to the main plateau of the mountain range and onward to the summit. Views in every direction are simply breathtaking. This peak is expected to take between 3 and 4 hours. Lunch is provided upon our return to the coach pick up point where our team will have freshly made sandwiches and tea/coffee ready to refresh the group before peak 2.
Peak 2 : Knocknarea
Stepped in thousands of years of human history and folklore, Knocknarea see’s more visitors each year than any other Sligo hill. We climb this icon from the south side and arrive on the summit to pay homage to Queen Maeve, reputed to be buried here under the giant cairn that sits atop the mountain. The views over Sligo bay and city are the best in the county and our descent takes us down the stairway with stunning views of Strandhill and the Coolera peninsula. Snack provided at finish and a service station sits beside our collection point in Strandhill where a short 15 minute break will be available to anyone requiring toilet breaks or a shop visit.
Peak 3 : Knocknashee
Nestled away in south Sligo sits Knocknashee, often overshadowed by its elder siblings in the north of
the county Knocknashee holds it own claim to Sligo’s history with the discovery of ancient human settlements that once sat upon it’s summit. In fact the entire top of Knocknashee is surrounded by an accent rampart that at one time enclosed and protected these buildings and tombs. Our route takes us from an old Abbey ruin towards the hill where we climb a moderate but short section toward the rampart and to the flat summit plateau. Upon reaching he summit cairn we will hear the fabulous story of Knocknashee’s past from a local archeologist as we take in the tranquil 360-degree view.
Upon completing your challenge, the coach will return the group to the Riverside Hotel where you are free to use the shower and changing facilities.
The Riverside have a full evening menu should it be needed and offer a 10% discount on
anything purchased on this trip at the Riverside (not including accommodation)
The ticket for this day is priced at €69. This covers: Insurance, expert guides, aid stations, planning and logistics of the event, coach transfers, lunch and snacks as well as changing facilities.
If you would like to make a donation, you can do so here https://www.gofundme.com/sligo-three-peaks-challenge or request a sponsorship card along with your ticket.
Thank you for taking an interest in supporting our much needed and supportive organisation. By participating you are allowing us to spread awareness and simply acknowledge that siblings grieve too.
Enjoy your climb and looking forward to meeting and seeing you all there on the day.
Train gently and remember this is not a race, this is about getting outside and setting yourself a goal, one step at a time.
With thanks and gentle breath,
Aishleen, Katie-Anne and Charlotte.