Monday 16 September 2019

WATCH: The secret Sligo walk that inspired WB Yeats

Want to walk in the footsteps of WB Yeats?

Slish Wood famously inspired some of his poems, and the Lake Isle of Innisfree can clearly be seen along this walk.

Slish Wood itself makes its way into another Yeats poem, The Stolen Child ('Where dips the rocky highland of Sleuth Wood in the lake...').

This short video, produced by OMedia for Sligo Walks (, gives a keen taste of the trail. To get there from Sligo, head towards Carraroe Roundabout on the Dublin side of Sligo Town. Take the first exit for Ballisodare, then immediately turn left onto the R287 for Ballintogher.

Slish Wood is located approximately 5km from this turn.

At the wood, you have a choice of either looped or linear walks, all clearly marked. The linear walk includes both forestry and lakeside views along a boardwalk which was constructed just a few years ago and which brings you along the final section of The Sligo Way, and which ends in Dromohair, Co Leitrim.

There are spectacular views all the way!

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