SLIGO IS putting its best foot forward to attract more tourists.
An in-depth dedicated website for local walks has just been launched.
It covers town and county and features urban, upland, lakeside, coastal, forest and rural areas.
Sligo has some of the most scenic views and wildlife walks in the country and the aim is now to open them up to a worldwide audience.
Minister for Sport and Recreation, Michael Ring T.D., launched www.sligowalks.ie on Thursday last. He said: "More needs to be
done to attract tourists to embark on adventure holidays in the North West and this is one way of doing that."
Website users will be guided through the range of walks available in Sligo. There are close to 50 in the region. Urban walks incorporate a tour of Sligo town, which covers 4.5km and is marked in gold arrows, passing Sligo Cathedral, the Courthouse, the Abbey and City Hall.
Other urban walks include Mitchell Curley Park, Garavogue and the Doorly Park nature trail, which takes in the Sligo town Slí na Sláinte and commences at Kennedy Parade.
For the more adventurous, The Sligo Way and the Miners' Way offer an alternative.
The Sligo Way takes in five different walks: Carrowkeel, Highwood, Keshcorran, Knocknashee and the neolithic Labby Rock.
The Miners' Way is waymarked using black marker posts with yellow arrows.
Routes include Boyle to Ballinafad, Ballinafad to Castlebaldwin; Castlebaldwin to Highwood and Highwood to Glenfarne, via Ballyfarnon.
Knocknarea and Benbulben mountains are other options.
There are five lakeside walks: Lough Talk, Hazelwood, Lough Easkey, Bunduff, pictured, and Glencar.
The spectacular coastline is on view at Lissadell, Dunmoran, Easkey, Enniscrone, Mullaghmore, Raghly, Strandhill, Rosses Point, Streedagh and Castleconnor's Warren Way.
The new walkways website was setup in conjunction with a number of agencies, including Sligo County Council and Sligo Borough Council.
Speaking at the launch in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Deputy Mayor, Councillor Matt Lyons, highlighted the many spectacular walks in Sligo.
He said: "Walking is becoming increasingly popular. When you consider there are 9 million walkers alone in the UK, this new website will open up Sligo walks to people like