Bluebells in Sligo – and beyond

We’ve been on the hunt for bluebells this week. They seem to be later this year or maybe it just feels that way. We put a shout out on our Social Media channels to see where our readers suggested and here are some of them:

Benbulben, bluebells and a lone sheep by head chef Margaret from the Yeats Tavern. Beautiful photo and I’d love to know how to find this exact location.

Valli suggested Inishmurray Island – that is an amazing place to find bluebells but there is an issue getting a boat there now which I’ll cover in another post.

Ann suggested Union Wood and I went there to check it out. Stunning! In fact I was blown away by this one. Really worth a visit and why not walk up Union Rock at the same time?

Ann Marie suggested Cairns Wood and sent in this lovely photo. This is a place I haven’t been to – yet.

Mags suggested Church Island, this is another lovely place but you’d need a kayak to get there.

Jacintha suggested Lissadell. I went there last week and it’s very pretty. There’s also a lovely beach walk and a hide for bird watching.

Ballisodare Community Council suggested their new walkway which I’ve yet to do but will soon.

We had lots of suggestions for Hazelwood Forest. It’s lovely there, well worth going for a walk. Mike sent in the photo above.

The Glen, just down the road from Knocknarea is another place for bluebells. You might need to wear wellies though as it’s usually muddy there.

Not quite Sligo – in fact not Sligo at all but in Roscommon you will find the magical bluebell woods. This was suggested by Rita and Barry and I have to agree with them. Well worth a visit. To get there head on the N4 and take the turn for Ardcarne Garden Centre/Knockvicar. Carry on down that road and you’ll see a small layby signposted Derreen Wood on the right….that’s the place.

Let us know any more suggestions and happy walking.

2 thoughts on “Bluebells in Sligo – and beyond

  • May 18, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    Excellent article and photos
    Last chance this year to see native irish blue bells

    • May 19, 2018 at 7:37 pm

      Thank you Shane


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