Ireland: Gleniff Horseshoe and a Grave

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While hiking Slieve League the day before our guide, Barry, suggested that we should drive through the Gleniff Horseshoe on the way to Galway. We could see one of the mountains, Benbulbin, – a large flat topped mountain, from the top of Slieve League across Donegal Bay. We decided this would be a reasonable stop along our road trip, the only issue was, Barry just called it a horseshoe and we had to figure out where it was exactly. This wasn’t too difficult but we did wander down some back country lanes and wonder if we were going in the right direction.

Ruins in the Gleniff Horseshoe

Yes, we were going in the right direction and yes, the side trip was worth it. The Horseshoe is beautiful but it is a popular road with drivers and cyclists alike and the road is narrow. Just drive with caution and you will be fine. Visitors can hike around the Gleniff Horseshoe and a route can be found here.

While touring the Lough Eske Castle, our guide suggested stoping by the writer, W.B. Yeats, grave just north of Sligo town. This was an odd stop I will admit but it was easy to find because we just followed the signs.

Yeats is known for his poetry, some of his better known poems are:

  • The Second Coming
  • He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven
  • Long-Legged Fly
  • An Irish Airman Foresees His Death
  • Sailing to Byzantium
  • Easter 1916
  • The Lake Isle of Innisfree
  • Among School Children

These were both fun and different little excursions in County Sligo. Both the horseshoe and visiting the grave site are free which is wonderful as things on any trip can get expensive quickly. Do you have a favorite Yeats’ poem? Let me know in the comments. Remember to leave no trace and safe travels!


Thank you KW Photography for allowing me to use your wonderful photos!

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