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Sligo will enchant you. It is a county that celebrates its independent spirit. A place steeped in history and mythology, with a creative tradition that lives in the music, art, poetry and expression of its people. From lakes and rivers to beaches and dramatic limestone mountains, Sligo is a place where ancient sites, spectacular landscapes and rolling waves inspire stories, trails and adventures that will open your mind and invigorate your body. Come and join us in Sligo and set your spirit free.
Sligo, capital of the North West region, is one of Ireland’s largest towns. The county offers a unique destination with the dramatic backdrop of Benbulben, glimmering beaches, rolling green hills, and magical woodlands, with unsurpassed leisure activities.
Sligo has a wealth of attractions .. Take a tour of the 13th century Sligo Abbey; watch eagles soaring at
Ireland’s largest sanctuary for birds of prey; visit Drumcliffe, the final resting place of W.B. Yeats; experience rural life and heritage at the turn of the late 19th century at the Sligo Folk Park, and lots more.
Sligo boasts magnificent links courses along the Atlantic seaboard, and parklands over fairways adorned with ancient mature trees, and unspoiled views of the county. From water sports to seaweed baths and horse riding or even some leisurely fishing, the county has so much to offer you whatever your interests may be.
Catch a wave... the seaside village of Strandhill, is one of Ireland’s most popular beach breaks. West Sligo is renowned for its quality surf, takes in Aughris, Easkey and Enniscrone. From the myths and legends of ancient Ireland to the poetry of Yeats and the music of Coleman, Westlife and Dervish, Sligo’s cultural and
literary heritage is world famous and still actively celebrated. Sligo’s archaeological and mythological heritage is incredibly rich, the landscape is peppered with monuments, stretching back 5,000 years; including Carrowmore the largest megalithic cemetery in Ireland and amongst the oldest and most important in Europe. Many of the walking routes incorporate sites of archaeological and historical significance.
STRANDHILL, beautiful seaside resort situated on the Knocknarea Peninsula, 8km west of Sligo Town in the heart of the Yeats Country, between Knocknarea Mountain and the great Atlantic Ocean. Attractions to enjoy include surfing at this internationally renowned venue, an 18 hole golf course with all up-to-date facilities, horse riding, hill walking, sea angling, mountain biking and camping.
Knocknarea mountain (1078 ft.) dominates the Peninsula, and the cairn on the summit is the legendary burial place of Queen Maeve of Connacht. The summit can now be reached from both sides of the mountain. The area is extremely rich in archaeological remains from the stone age onwards. The Office of Public Works Interpretative Centre nearby is well worth a visit.
Lisnalurg Churches - Sligo Town. T: +353 (0)71 9161201 - Just north of Sligo Town, Lisnalurg is home to a large, megalithic monument that features embanked enclosures used for ceremonial purposes. The structure dates from 2,500 to 1,800 BC.
Kevinsfort House Sligo Town. T: +353 (0)868542541 - Kevinsfort House is a classically proportioned Georgian Regency house within the borough of Sligo. It is conveniently located less than one mile west and within easy walking distance of the centre of Sligo Town.
Rathcarrick House - Sligo Town. T: +353 (0)719128417 - Georgian landowner's residence originally built in the 1790's, beautifully restored from ruins to a functioning family home. Approx 5 km from Sligo Town, off the Strandhill road, overlooking Sligo Bay.
Sligo Abbey - Sligo Town. T: +353 (0)719146406 - This Sligo Town landmark was founded in 1252/3 and contains a great wealth of carvings including Gothic and Renaissance tomb sculptures and the only sculptured 15th Century high altar to survive in any Irish monastic church.
Deerpark Court Tomb - Sligo Town, Co. Sligo T: +353(0)719161201 - Deerpark Court Tomb is considered by many to be the finest example of a central court tomb in Ireland. It occupies a magnificent position on top of a limestone ridge overlooking Lough Gill in Co Sligo.
Hazelwood Sculpture - Trail Sligo Town. T: +353(0)719161201 - Half Moon Bay curls around the northern shore of Lough Gill 3km from Sligo Town. Hidden within the woods is Hazelwood Sculpture Trail, a 3km forested trail dotted with sculptures by Irish and international sculptors.
Lough Gill - Sligo Town, Co. Sligo T: +353(0)719161201 - Lough Gill is a large lake, nearly six and a half miles long and two and a half miles wide. There is public access to the lough from a pier on the south shore at the mouth of the Garavoge River, at Inishfree Pier and at Shriff Bay.
Benbulben Natural Landscape - Benbulben is known as County Sligo’s 'Table Mountain' and is part of the Dartry Mountains. It is a spectacular iconic geological feature hosting a unique variety of flora. The Sligo Tourism Office do not recommend climbing Benbulben. There is however a looped walk around Benbulben and Sligo Tourism Office can give you details of this.
Sligo Secret Gardens - Sligo Town. T: +353(0)863375741 - Secret Gardens Sligo consists of a group of gardens open to the public for charity on selected dates throughout the summer. Some of the gardens offer light refreshments and are also open on additional days by appointment.
Doorly Park National & Forest Parks - Sligo Town. T: +353(0)719161201 - Doorly Park is located along by the riverside in Sligo Town. About 15 minute walk from the town centre. In the 19th Century Colonel W. G Woodmartin of Cleveragh developed this wetland on his estate.
St John's Cathedral - Sligo Town. T: +353(0)719157993 - St. John’s Cathedral is an Anglican house of worship found in Sligo Town and 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.
Sligo County Museum- Sligo Town. T: +353(0)719111679 - The Sligo County Museum in Sligo Town is divided between the Yeats Collection, Countess Markievic memorabilia and local artefacts. Pride of place is given over to Yeats' Nobel Prize medal and citation.
Yeats Art Gallery Art Galleries - Sligo. T:+353(0)719142693 - The Yeats Art Gallery is in heart of Sligo Town in the Yeats Memorial Building at Douglas Hyde Bridge. This gallery houses contemporary and traditional paintings, drawings and sculpture. It also aims to encourage artistic endeavour in the community.
Yeats Society Literary Ireland - Sligo. T: +353(0)719142693 - The Yeats Society operates at the Yeats Memorial Building in Sligo Town. It includes the Yeats Photographic Exhibition, the Yeats Art Gallery and a café. The building also serves as the administrative centre of the society.
The Hawk's Well is a 340 seat theatre in Sligo, North West Ireland. It hosts a diverse programme of arts and entertainments including comedy, professional and amateur drama, a wide range of music from traditional and jazz to opera, plus dance, pantomime and children's theatre. The theatre also hosts exhibitions by local artists. The newly fitted intimate interior, fully licensed bar and top of the range sound and lighting equipment make this theatre one of the best in Ireland. For details of what’s on, visit www.hawkswell.com
Tour De Humbert Route
Linear Cycle Routes - Sligo Town. Telephone: +353(0)719161201 - The Tour De Humbert route runs from Kilcummin, County Mayo, to Ballinamuck in County Longford. The route is approximately 225 kilometres with many shorter alternatives available and is suitable for cyclists of all ages and levels.
North West Trail Cycling
Trail Linear Cycle Routes - Sligo Town - The North West Trail is a 326km circular cycle route through counties Donegal, Tyrone, Fermanagh, Leitrim, and Sligo in the North West of Ireland. Cyclists will experience travelling through a variety of scenery and utilising quiet country roads.
Lough Gill Cycle Loop - 40km on-road route Lough Gill, passing through some of the most scenic areas of Counties Sligo and Leitrim
Jim McMorrow Walking Guide - Sligo.
T: +353(0)719856229 - Leitrim and Sligo Local Guides
Founder member of the North Leitrim Glens Walking Group with 20 years experience leading walks for the North Leitrim Glens Walking Festival.
The Sligo Way Long Distance Way Marked Ways - Sligo Town - The Sligo Way is a 74 km route that traverses the County of Sligo in the northwest of Ireland from Lough Talt, in the Ox Mountains near the Mayo border, to the town of Dromahair in County Leitrim.
Free Guided Walking Tours of Sligo Town June through to August www.sligotourism.ie. Free Sligo Walking Guide – a series of suggested walks available from the Tourist Office and www.sligotourism.ie
Origin Farmers Market - is held every Saturday in Sligo town, County Sligo.
Stalls offer organic meat, fruit and vegetables as well as home-baking, cheese and fresh fish.
Sligo Farmers Market - T: +353(0)719147007 - Every Saturday Sligo Farmers Market sells organic produce directly to the public in Sligo town, County Sligo. Stalls offer organic meat, fruit and vegetables as well as homebaking, cheese and fresh fish.
Beltra: Country Market - Every Saturday 10am - 12 noon, Beltra Hall.
Rathcormack: Benbulben Craft Village - Every Saturday 10am - 2pm.
Strandhill: Strandhill Peoples’ Market - Hangar 1, Sligo Airport every Sunday 12 noon - 4pm
North West Angling Services Game Angling Guides - Sligo Town. T: +353(0)872149960 - North West Angling Services is owned by Ken Henry, a qualified guide who is also the founding member of the Professional
Angling Guides of Ireland. The business is based in Sligo Town.
Lough Gill Sligo Fisheries - Sligo Town. T: +353(0)719142530 - Lough Gill is a large lake, nearly six and a half miles long and two and a half miles wide. There is public access to the lough from a pier on the south shore at the mouth of the Garavoge River, at Inishfree Pier and at Shriff Bay.
Garavogue River System Fisheries - Sligo Town. T: +353(0)719161201 - The Garavogue River drains Lough Gill through Sligo and is about three and a half miles long. It produces occasional spring salmon and the grilse fishing can be good in June and July.
Colgagh LoughFisheries - Sligo Town. T: +353(0)719161201 - Clogagh Lough lies three miles east of Sligo on the Manorhamilton Road. It has a good stock of brown trout averaging nearly 1.5lb. FISHERIES