The Cairn, Sligo
Favorite thing: As you approach the Cairn you traverse an area of pine woods. It seems a fitting surrounding for the ancient burial grounds. Was it just my imagination or did these trees lend a sense of tranquil protection and watchfulness to the cairn?
Favorite thing: The cairn is located near Lough Gill, in Deer Park. It is a peaceful and beautiful place to visit. When we were there we did not see a single person...we had this magnificent place and the acres of rhododendron to ourselves!
Climb to the cairn of Queen Maeve. On the way into Sligo from the south, you can't miss it on top of Mt. Knocknarea on a clear day. But be forewarned, the guidebooks say its a 'leisurely walk' to the summit. Even the B & B landlady told us this. Thus, I didn't prepare well enough and wore the wrong shoes and fell. It is a steep climb over a rocky path and at one point it is so steep that you are looking at your feet. The day we went very few had ventured up and we found out why. The previous rains had turned the 'path' (I use that term loosely) into a stream with moving stones and rocks and mud. Near the top there is no distinguishable path, so be vigilant or you will be climbing steeper than necessary.
Do not be daunted! It is well worth the view and the awesome size of her stone grave (looks like two football fields in length). Just wear good hiking shoes, and off season dress for wind and cold. And for females who like myself have small bladders, drink sparingly. There are no restrooms on the climb and no trees for privacy! If you are modest, you might need to use a cow for a screen!!