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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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.
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!!!!