Note: As of 4th April, the Sligo Camino 2018 is completely (& utterly) booked up and all tickets are sold out.
Please email us if you'd like a reminder before tickets go on sale in 2019.
When?: Saturday 7th July 2018.
How long? The route is 36km / 22 Miles from Dromahair Co. Leitrim to Coolaney, Co. Sligo.
How difficult? You should only attempt the Sligo Camino if you have experience of walking 8km / 5mi without stopping and can walk uphill without becoming breathless. The walk is not suitable for children under 14 even with adult supervision.
Route ? The Camino route incorporates tarred roads, gravel paths, boggy hillside, timber boardwalks, forest tracks, grassy trails and stone slabs. The route finishes with 8km of country lanes around the Annaghmore Estate between Collooney and Coolaney. The highest point is approx 275m around Slieve Daene.
Familiarise yourself with the Camino Route by visiting www.irishtrails.ie/Trail/Sligo-Way/32/ and clicking on the downloadable maps 7, 6 and 5.
Guided walk or self-led? The Sligo Camino is self-led. It follows a waymarked trail and walkers should look out for the timber posts with the yellow walker on them. There will be walk leaders interspersed among the walkers should you require assistance.
How many hours? Depending on your speed, the walk will take between 6 and 8 hours.
In the interests of safety all walkers must reach the two food stops (6 miles and 14 miles) before the two sweep-up leaders. Walkers unable to achieve this very modest pace must accept a lift to the next food stop or exit the walk and proceed at their own risk.
Register? Registration opens on April 1st through this website using Eventbrite. There are three departure times for buses leaving Coolaney - 7.00 am
- 8.30 am
- 10.00 am.
BE SURE TO SELECT THE CORRECT TIME IF YOU ARE WALKING WITH FRIENDS, AS WE CANNOT SWITCH PEOPLE BETWEEN BUSES ONCE THEY ARE FULL.
Join in Dromahair? The Sligo Camino requires all walkers to register in Coolaney Community Centre on the morning of the walk .We must be certain who is on the trail that day, check emergency contact details, distribute safety briefing, t-shirt and map etc. For safety reasons, we check off every walker on arrival back in Coolaney (if they don't show we phone them or their emergency contact) and we can only do this if we know who started the walk with us in the morning. Therefore, we cannot take responsibility for anyone who joins in at Dromahair.
Fee? Tickets for the Sligo Camino cost €40 excl. a booking fee. This includes bus transfers, light refreshments en route, dinner on return to Coolaney and a commemorative Sligo Camino t-shirt for every walker.
Refundable?: Registration fees are non-refundable except in the case of the event not going ahead. Check that you are free on 7th July before booking a place as we do not refund or re-sell tickets once they have been booked.
Parking? There is parking in Coolaney, both on Main Street or in the Community Park just off the main street.
Accomodation? We recommend Castle Dargan Hotel & Wellness Resort, Ballygawley, if you are staying in Sligo on the Friday night.
There is limited availability in B&B's in Coolaney village itself such as O' Grady's and the Mountain Inn.
Sligo has a number of hotels across all price ranges to suit walkers.
Footwear? If the ground is at all dry we recommend trainers or walking shoes as they are lighter especially on the final 8km of tarred roadway. Make sure that whatever you wear is comfortable and well worn in. Walking socks need to be tight fitting i.e. not loose where they will cause blisters.
What else? On a very long walk such as this we recommend
- Vaseline on the feet and other sensitive areas around the legs and chest prone to chafing.
- Suncream on exposed limbs as you will be out in the open for several hours and skin can burn even under cloud cover.
- Deep Heat or neurophen gel massaged into the legs on the morning of the walk may prevent swelling later on.
Toileting en route? - Walkers should use the toilets in Coolaney Community Centre before departing on the bus.
Walkers should prepare for toileting outdoors by bringing tissues / baby wipes and nappy bags to “leave no trace” after ourselves.
Showers will be available in the changing rooms at Coolaney Community Park after the walk.
Food and drink? Walkers should bring their own packed lunch and drink to consume on the trek.
At Slishwood (6 miles) and Union Wood (14 miles) walkers will be offered complimentary drinks and light refreshments.
A hot dinner and tea/coffee will be served to walkers in Coolaney Community Centre after the walk.
Safety issues? Walkers’ safety is our primary concern in this event and there will be a safety briefing in Coolaney before departure. Two road junctions (R287 & R284) will be stewarded and walkers should exercise great caution in crossing these two busy roads.
I get injured or can't continue? There will be a “sweep up” vehicle in operation to collect those who may feel unable to continue and return them to Coolaney. First Aiders will be on duty during the walk to deal with any minor accidents and incidents.
Can I bring a dog? No. We respect the wishes of walkers who do not want canine company on the route.
Can I walk for charity? Yes, once you've registered you can collect sponsorship for any charity you choose once the appropriate permissions have been granted.