When? First Saturday in July.
Tickets? Walkers register for the Sligo Camino through www.sligocamino.ie. Simply enter walker details, emergency contact details etc and pay the registration fee to be emailed your ticket for this years walk.
Tickets for the Sligo Camino 2024 cost €60 (plus a booking fee). This includes bus transfer, light refreshments en route, dinner on return to Coolaney, a commemorative Sligo Camino t-shirt / native tree being planted for every walker and, new for 2024 - a Sligo Camino Finishers Medal for all walkers!
Where? Route is along the Sligo Way from Dromahair, Co. Leitrim to Coolaney, Co. Sligo.
Stage 1 Dromahair to Slishwood. Download File
Stage 2 Slishwood to Collooney Download File
Stage 3 Collooney to Coolaney Download File
How long? The route is 34.5km from Dromahair Co. Leitrim to Coolaney, Co. Sligo.
How difficult? Be clear that the Sligo Camino is physically demanding & you should only attempt it if you have regular experience of walking 10km without stopping. Do not register if you are carrying an injury, have any underlying medical conditions or have no experience of walking long distances. The walk is not suitable for children under 14 even with adult supervision.
Terrain? 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.
Guided 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? Registrations will be through this website using Eventmaster. There are three departure times for buses leaving Coolaney - 7am / 8.30am / 10am.
Refundable?: Registration fees are non-refundable except in the case of the event not going ahead. Check that you are free on 6th July before booking a place as we do not refund or re-sell tickets once they have been booked.
Change departure time? BE SURE TO SELECT THE CORRECT TIME IF YOU ARE WALKING WITH FRIENDS, AS WE CANNOT SWITCH PEOPLE BETWEEN BUSES. Anyone arriving at a time other than the one stated on their ticket will have to wait until all pre-booked walkers are on board. Then we will see if we can accommodate them on the final bus of that wave.
Tickets transferable to next year? No, tickets are only valid for the year sold once the walk goes ahead.
Parking? Stewards will direct you to parking in Coolaney, both on Main Street or in the Community Park just off the main street.
Accomodation? We recommend O' Grady's B&B in Coolaney village. 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 ibuprofen 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. Note there is a new road crossing near the picnic area at Slishwood. Two road junctions (R287 & R284) will be stewarded and walkers should exercise great caution in crossing these two busy roads.
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.
Join in Dromahair? The Sligo Camino requires all walkers to register in Coolaney on the morning of the walk .We must be certain who is on the trail that day, distribute safety briefing, t-shirt and map etc. We cannot take responsibility for anyone who joins in at Dromahair.
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.