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Sligo


In Irish; Sligeach “Shelly Place” and is immersed in history and mythology.  With it’s clear lakes and rivers, beaches and mountains such as Ben Bulben, Sligo is the perfect destination. It’s incredibly rich archaeological and mythological heritage stretches back 5000 years.  Some of these include Carrowmore - which is the largest megalithic cemetery in Ireland and also is amongst the most important and oldest in Europe.


This county offers a very unique destination.  With it’s impressive backdrop of Benbulben, glistening beaches, lush green hills and beautiful woodlands, Sligo will enchant all visitors.


Places to visit in Sligo:


Strandhill

Strandhill is truly a surfers paradise and is renowned for being one of the main attractions for surfers worldwide. It is an area of great natural beauty, which is located 5 miles west of Sligo town with beautiful panoramic views of Knocknarea and Benbulben.


Sligo Abbey

This Sligo town landmark was founded in 1252/1253. It contains a great wealth of carvings, thyat include Gothic and Renaissance tomb sculptures It also houses the only sculptured 15th century high altar to survive in any Irish monastic church.


Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetry

Here, visit the Megalithic site of Carrowmore - which is some 700 years older than Newgrange.  It is set in this

stunning part of Co Sligo, that overlooks the Atlantic and Ben Bulben. Carrowmore is situated 4km from Sligo.


Sligo County Museum

The Sligo County Museum in Sligo Town, is divided between the Yeats Collection, Countess Markievic memorabilia

and a range of local artefacts.  Pride of place is given to Yeats' Nobel Prize medal and citation.


Drumcliffe Round Tower and High Cross

In the village of Drumcliffe, which just a 10-minute drive from Sligo Town, people can visit the site of a 6th-century monastic settlement and also the burial place of famous Irish - poet W.B. Yeats.


Saint John’s Cathedral Sligo

St John’s Cathedral is an Anglican house of worship that is found in Sligo Town and is thought to be located on the site of a 13th-century hospital and parish church. German Richard Cassels designed the present cathedral in the mid-1700s.


Enniscrone

Enniscrone, is a lively and bustling seaside resort on the shores of Killala Bay. The beach has been awarded both Blue and Green Flags.


Sligo City

Sligo City gets its name from the Gaelic translation of Sligeach, which means Shelly River, which refers to the abundance of shellfish found in the surrounding waters. Located at the mouth of the Garavogue River, Sligo City with an estimated population of 17,547 people is the largest town in the Northwest. Sligo Town is a budding marketing and commercial industrial centre as well as an outdoor adventure paradise for people looking to get away from it all.


Places to visit in Sligo town include: Doorly Park, Sligo County Museum, Deerpark Court Tomb, LoughGill and Benbulben.