Sligo Trail Running Festival
Sligo Trail Running Festival

Sligo's First Trail Running Festival offers a series of thrilling and picturesque guided trail runs and activities on the surf coast of the Wild Atlantic Way in the Northwest of Ireland. From the picturesque trails of the rugged coastline to the iconic peaks that tower above it.

We have a range of ticket packages available, from weekend packages with accommodation included to tickets for individual guided trail runs. Click or tap below to find the ticket that suits you best!

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Experience the very best this unique event has to offer in"the land of heart's desire".


The secret is out; Sligo has one of the finest coastlines in the country, backdropped with some of the most picturesque scenes. The Sligo Trail Running Festival will reveal the best Sligo has to offer from a thriving surf culture to the historic ruins of churches founded by St. Patrick himself!

Experience the bustleing beach village of Strandhill and finish your beach trail run with a hot chocolate at the famous Strandhill People's Market.

On Sunday of the festival, our Cool Runnings trail takes you over Knocknarea and down into Strandhill – read the trail review below


Sligo town is bookended with water, the Atlantic to the West and Lough Gill to the East, with the Garavogue River linking the two.

Lough Gill is probably the most famous lake in the literary world, as it's the body of water that encompasses The Lake Isle of Innishfree.

The festival trails will see you view Lough Gill from a number of vantage points, all beautiful, some breathtaking.


Sligo is surrounded by moutains; the majestic Benbulben to the North, the historic burial place of Queen Meabh to the East at Knocknarea, and the Ox Mountains to the South and West, there's endless mountain trails to be conquered.

The Sligo Trail Running Festival ramps up the experience factor by tackling Union Rock on the foothills of the Ox Mountains by night. Viewing the distant, twinkling lights of Collooney and the other towns below is your reward.


Hazelwood, Slish Wood, Highwood, Glenwood, there's no end to forest trails to be discovered across Sligo. Each site offers its own unique experience and sights.

Megolythic tombs, cairns, stunning views and eye-catching geological features abound as you explore trails through Sligo's woodlands.

The trail running festival will introduce you to Union Wood as you make your way to the top of Union Rock.



Arrive into Sligo's Riverside Hotel from 6pm; book-in and get into your running gear.

A brisk evening 7km run kicks the festival off on Friday evening at 8pm, following the peaceful trails of Sligo's Cairns Wood and Doorly Park.

A delicious mocktail awaits at the top of Cairns Hill. Take in the beautiful views and the twinkling lights as the sun sets on Sligo Bay as you sip your delicious mocktail. We return to civilization where your choice of a specially designed trail runner's cocktail awaits you in the Mill Bar on the banks of the River Garavogue.
7.00 SUNRISE RUN | 13km

Saturday starts with an early 13km Slish Wood Sunrise Run along the ancient oak lined lakeshore and hillside trails, getting underway from 7am.

13.00 TEN TO ZEN AT BEN | 10km

In the afternoon, you'll experience spectacular views across a 10km guided trail run on beautiful Benbulben, followed by a yoga cool down with instructions from Active Yoga.

Discover the newest trends in trail running, the latest running footwear and how to stay injury free, all at the Festival Hub in the Riverside Hotel. Meet leading international runner Mary Cullen and running health professionals.

21.30 DUSK TO DARK RUN | 6.4km

This head-torch lit, technical trail under the stars is not to be missed. Winding your way through the dark forest of Union Wood, you'll make your way to the top of Union Rock where you'll stop to take in the shining lights of the villages below and the shimmering stars above while enjoying a hot chocolate. There our astronomy expert gives you a guided tour of the night sky.
10.30 COOL RUNNINGS | 12km

Finish the weekend off along the Strandhill coastline before hitting the slopes and tomb topped Knocknarea with 360 degree views of the wild Atlantic Way. Descend back into the village to take in the local market where you’ll experience refreshments from local bakers and brewers.


It's a trail running festival, so obviously, you'll need running shoes, ideally running shoes designed to deliver you comfortably across the variety of trail that features during the festival. Expect, woodland, beach, dune, hill and mountain tracks.

As trail running grows in popularity, more products and activity specific apparel is coming online. RUNPOD is the Northwest's specialist running store, stocking a range of trail running footwear. Check out their website or call in to the store on Markievicz Road, Sligo. They also offer a professional grade biomechaical assessment.

None of the scheduled runs across the festival schedule are excessively long, however, everyone needs to have a means of carrying water during each trail run.

Wear comfortable running clothes - don't fear bright, boisterous colours!!!!


The Sligo Trail Running Festival is jointly powered by these three rockin' Sligo based companies: