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10 Things to Do in Sligo

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Brimming with gastronomic gems, stunning shorelines, world-famous waves and scenery that’s provided poetic inspiration to a certain WB Yeats, Sligo is a Surf Coast jewel.

From windswept Mullaghmore Head to idyllic Streedagh Strand and at the foot of mighty Ben Bulben, Sligo surrounds you with breathtaking beauty at every turn.

Here are 10 of the best ways to experience County Sligo:

  • Mullaghmore Head

1. Mullaghmore head

Meaning ‘the great summit’, the surf haven of Mullaghmore is one of the most popular places to visit in Sligo. Backed by rocky cliffs, its 2km sandy beach and pretty stone harbour beckon to walkers, while Mullaghmore Head offers stunning views out to Inishmurray Island.

2. Lissadell house

Lissadell House is most famous as the childhood home of Constance Markievicz, and the Gore-Booth family. Constance was one of the leaders of the 1916 Rising, and the first woman to be elected to Dáil Eireann. The depth of history and culture that flowed through Lissadell can be seen through the multiple exhibitions; experienced through the tour of the house and absorbed as you stroll in the two beautifully restored gardens or enjoyed as you relax in The Lissadell Tea Rooms.

3. streedagh

From the Spanish Armada shipwreck site to the fascinating fossils embedded in the rocks, a visit to the golden strand at Streedagh is one of the best things to do in Sligo for kids. With easy walking along its 3km stretch, it’s one of the most tranquil spots in the west.

4. Surfing

From the big wave thrills at Mullaghmore and Strandhill’s consistent breaks to the family- friendly swell at Enniscrone, no trip to Sligo is complete without a go on a surfboard. Surf schools can help newbies paddle out with confidence, while pros can hunt for secret spots.

  • Lissadell House - stroll in the two beautifully restored gardens

5. Sligo Food Trail

Delighting palates and surpassing expectations is what the Sligo Food Trail is famous for. Map your own route with the help of experts to choose the cuisine that you love best and enjoy fresh, nourishing local food that will make you think you’ve arrived in foodie heaven.

6. Coney Island

The original and best, Sligo’s Coney Island is the largest and most popular of the islands in Sligo Bay. Boasting 400 acres of beaches and green fields crisscrossed by old stone walls and populated by an abundance of rabbits, it’s a great place to spend a relaxed afternoon.

7. Sligo Abbey

Looking for something to do in Sligo this weekend? The medieval Dominican abbey in Sligo Town offers a peek into an intriguing past, with artifacts, lore and a rich history dating back to 1252. It’s also one of the best places to see Gothic and Renaissance tomb sculptures.


8. Grave of WB Yeats

Spend some time in the northeast of the county in pretty Drumcliffe, where you’ll find the grave of beloved Irish poet and Nobel Prize-winner WB Yeats. Tucked away in a churchyard, it’s a serene spot, and the nearby round tower, scripture cross, church and gift shop are must-sees.

9. Carrowkeel

The Neolithic cemetery complex at Carrowkeel is one of the finest examples of a passage tomb in Ireland, consisting of 14 cairns dotted across the beautiful hills of the Bricklieve mountain range in the south of County Sligo near the County Roscommon border.

10. Ben Bulben

In the northwest of the county, the distinctive 320 million-year-old rock formation known as Ben Bulben cuts a striking figure above the landscape near Cashelgarran. Part of the Dartry mountains, it’s a popular destination. 

While the Sligo Tourism Office do not recommend climbing Benbulben, there is a looped walk around Benbulben and Sligo Tourism Office can give you details of this.


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