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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.
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.Sligo County Museum Sligo Town. T: +353(0)71 9111679 - In Sligo Town is divided between the Yeats Collection, Countess Markievic memorabilia and local artefacts. Deerpark Court Tomb - Sligo Town, Co. Sligo - 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 - 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 & Doorly Park- Sligo Town, Co. Sligo - Is a large lake located along by the riverside in about 15 minute walk from the town centre. There is public access to the lough from a pier on the south shore at the mouth of the Garavogue River, at Inishfree Pier and at Shriff Bay. In the 19th Century Colonel W. G Woodmartin of Cleveragh developed this wetland on his estate.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. It is not recommended to climb Benbulben as there is no official trail. Logonto www.sligowalks.ie for the gortarowey looped walk.Sligo Secret Gardens - Sligo Town. T: +353(0)86 3375741 - 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.St John's Cathedral - Sligo Town. T: +353(0)71 9157993 - 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. Not always open to the public but there are services here on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month at 10am.Cathedral of Immaculate Conception - Sligo Town. T: +353(0)71 62670 -Located in Sligo City on Temple Street, close to the junction with John Street. Log onto www.sligocathedral.ie for more information.Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery - +353 71 9161534 - firstname.lastname@example.org heritageireland.ie Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery in County Sligo is the largest and one of the most important, megalithic sites in EuropeSligo Folk Park - This community based attraction provides a true experience of rural life and Irish heritage at the turn of the late 19th Century. Admission applies. www.sligofolkpark.com
North West Angling Services Game Angling Guides - Sligo Town. T: +353(0)87 2149960 - 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)71 9142530 - 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 - 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 Lough Fisheries - Sligo Town - Clogagh Lough lies three miles east of Sligo on the Manorhamilton Road. It has a good stock of brown trout averaging nearly 1.5lb.
Tour De Humbert RouteLinear Cycle Routes - Sligo Town - 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 are June to September inclusive Mon.-Sat. at 11am departing from the Sligo Tourist Information Office www.sligotourism.ie. Free Sligo Walking Guide – a series of suggested walks available from the Tourist Office and www.sligotourism.ie
Hyde Bridge Gallery - Sligo. T:+353(0)71 9142693 - 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 Hyde Bridge Gallery and a café. The building also serves as the administrative centre of the society.
The Hawk's Well - 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 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 or see local press.
The Model - Built in 1862 as a Model School, this impressive building is home to The Niland Collection, which includes the second largest collection of Jack B. Yeats paintings, as well as many leading twentieth century Irish and International artists. Along with The Niland Collection exhibitions we host leading cutting-edge contemporary shows. Check out our website for further information on current exhibitions and events; www.themodel.ie
Hamilton Gallery - www.hamiltongallery.ie - On Castle Street which is part of the Cat and the Moon have great exhibitions. Blueraincoat Theatre - www.blueraincoat.com