What should I bring?

You only need to bring things for your own comfort while outdoors for 2 hours.


Ireland is known for its inclement range of weather conditions, so check the local weather forecast and dress accordingly. Best to bring a rain jacket or umbrella just in case. Where possible we will try to conduct some of the tour stops in a sheltered location. In extreme weather conditions the tour will be cancelled or rearranged and you will receive a refund (minus booking engine fee).

Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

How to book a tour?

Sligo Walking Tours runs private group tours (1 to 30 people), which need to pre-booked a week in advance. Please email or use the contact form on the website, stating the tour date required and the numbers in your group.  

Where can I park?

Parking is available at a number of locations throughout the town, see Sligo County Council parking for more information and locations. Parking is available nearby to our meeting/finishing points at the Abbey Street car park, Stephen Street car park and John F. Kennedy Parade. Parking in the evenings after 6.30 pm is free and on Sundays/Bank Holidays. Tours conclude in the centre of town near O’Connell Street.

How long is the tour?

The walking tours on average run for 1.5 hours to 2 hours depending on the pace of the participants and covers about 3.5 kilometres or 2 miles. Be prepared to be on your feet and standing for that length.

Is this a ghost tour?

Sligo Dark Tales is not a ghost tour. It is a walking tour with a dark history theme which focuses on social history, crime and punishment stories and macabre tales. At Halloween, we run a tour that has a mix of history, macabre and ghost tales. 

If you are interested in a ghost tour, you can book a private tour, please request ghost stories when you book.

Is the tour suitable for children?

The dark tales tour is not recommended for kids under 12. There is a lot of standing and walking. It’s darker history-themed more than ghosts, so it may not hold younger children’s attention for too long. Parental discretion is advised. 

Where is the tour meeting/finishing point?

On booking a private tour you will be advised of the meeting point. Many of the tours start in the area known as Riverside in Sligo town. This meeting point is next to the Riverside Hotel and Ripples Cafe on the Riverside road, Sligo town, in front of the blue curved pedestrian footbridge called John Fallon bridge which is a 10 minute walk from the town centre. The tour finishes in the town centre near the main street called O’Connell Street. If you’re driving there is car parking nearby at the Abbey Street car park, Stephen Street car park and also on John F. Kennedy Parade near to the start and finishing points.

Can I cancel?

Private tours can be cancelled on the same day, we would appreciate if you can give as much notice as possible, if you have you will receive a refund (minus booking engine fee where applicable).