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We drove the horseshoe and got out at the old mill to do the small walk.
The area is absolutely stunning.
The day we went was grey and cloudy but that seemed to add to the dramatic site.
There seems to be walks in the...More
We were lucky enough to have had our bikes with us and while it was a toughish ascent up to the loop, boy were we delighted that we stuck with it. i am amazed that we had not heard of this loop before as we...More
Some of the most striking scenery I encountered during a 10 day trip to Ireland, and we had it practically to ourselves the entire time. It is also very close to Mullaghmore Head, so you could do those drives back to back.
I have travelled all over Ireland in the past 40 years and was shocked to see that I had missed the Gleniff Horseshoe drive until now. I would recommend you include it on you travels in Ireland. The valley opens up as you drive along...More
One misty day in November, my friend and I drove the Gleniff Horseshoe and absolutely loved it. There was no traffic which helped us enjoy this narrow road scenic delight. The backdrop is breathtaking and the strong wind that day added to the enchanted feeling...More
North of Sligo, this is a six-mile loop of single lane road that’s located in the center of a mountain range. Absolutely incredible scenery; not to be missed. It takes about an hour, and there are plenty of places to pull off and take photos....More
Off the beaten track but wow. The views around the horseshoe were just stunning! The mountains and the waterfalls. And we found the magic bit of the road where when you take the handbrake off you go up the hill. So weird!!
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We only drove the loop - and although there were tiny pull offs, I would not have left the car because it did feel like private property. There is something to be said about leaving this land as unspoiled as... More
We only drove the loop - and although there were tiny pull offs, I would not have left the car because it did feel like private property. There is something to be said about leaving this land as unspoiled as possible...
Anyway, my research indicates parking at the Benwisken Centre (in an article dated April 2017) - noting that the hiker was still only able to walk the roadway because of atmospheric conditions.
I also saw mention of roadside parking at Trailhead - but, if you will be staying in Sligo, you may want to reach out to your host for specifics.
Worth noting, I also read in an article dated 2007 that states that hiking access is strictly restricted by Mr. “Bull” McSharry and recommends driving the loop. 2018 is 11 years later, but if “Bull” is no longer in charge, I would not be surprised if his kin are.
I still say, there is something to be said for leaving this land alone - and the land itself seems to protect itself and gives warning to back off.
The drive is wild, worthy and wonderful - but I hope it remains a hidden gem rather than a regular haunt.
Be mindful, good luck, and enjoy!