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Shrouded in mystery and legend for centuries, Knocknarea is one of Sligo's most distinctive landmarks. A large stone cairn caps the mountain and is visible from miles away. This is the reputed final resting-place of warrior Queen Maeve. According to legend, she was buried standing up to face her enemies for eternity. The grave consists of approximately 40,000 stones, is 200ft at the base, and 100ft at the top. Archaeologists believe it is more likely the work of Stone Age farmers, dating from 3000BC. It has never been excavated, so the mystery remains.
The climb up the 1078ft mountain takes about 45 minutes and rewards hikers with stunning views of the Bay and surrounding hills. Contact the local tourist office for further information.