Sunshine and seasides

It’s been a fantastic few days here in Ireland. It’s just the most beautiful place in the world when the sun is shining.

In the last week we’ve been to four beaches in Co. Sligo and there were still so many more we could have visited. Sligo is right on the Wild Atlantic Way so you are never far from the seaside, no long drives, no hassle parking, great food and friendly faces.

I love being down by the sea, I find it so relaxing listening to the waves crashing on the rocks and the seagulls crying. Sand between your toes and the wind in your hair as the sun beats down. A little bit of heaven.

So far we’ve been to Enniscrone and had a bag of chips at the beach. This is a perfect place for families, there’s a great playground and crazy golf there. Miles of sandy beach for long walks and perfect for swimming. There’s also surfing, stand up paddling, water world, horse riding and a golf course. If you want to relax a seaweed bath is a must.

I’ve been to the top of Easkey Castle – for the first time ever, the views are amazing and worth the narrow, steep, steps up to it.

I was told that years ago a cow ended up climbing the stairs to the top of the castle, it must have been a very small, skinny, cow! I forgot I don’t like heights but quickly remembered when I got to the top! Luckily I managed to get back down again in one piece.

I have to say a big well done to the people of Easkey, it’s looking absolutely beautiful this year. I love the boat as you drive in from the Enniscrone side, so colourful and vibrant. Easkey is a popular village for surfers and in recent years has become a foodie destination with the award-winning Pudding Row.

We’ve been to Strandhill twice this week, this place is always buzzing and there’s such a great atmosphere there. It’s not safe for swimming or paddling due to dangerous rip tides. Even though there are plenty of signs there it amazes me that not many people take any notice and allow themselves and their children to swim there.

Strandhill is a great place for award-winning food; Tra Ban is a gorgeous restaurant with an emphasis on fresh, local, produce. Shells is a quirky seaside cafe and bakery with a lovely gift shop too. Mammy Johnson’s is the place to go for ice cream – do get the melted nutella on top – yum! For adventures there’s surfing, golf, flying and stunning walks. Strandhill is also home to the famous Voya seaweed baths so you can wash your cares away.

The Strandhill People’s Market is on every Sunday from 11am – 4pm. A great place for gifts and great food. Our village choir sang there on Sunday and it was great craic, check out the video the market did:

Today we went to Mullaghmore. I was hoping to see cows on the beach but they weren’t sunbathing today, probably just as well as there were a lot of people there. So here’s a pic from a visit some years ago.

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We had a drive around Mullaghmore Head, it’s a stunning drive with the imposing Classiebawn Castle on one direction. ┬áSlieve League, some of the highest cliffs in Ireland, are visible across the Atlantic on a clear day.

If it’s adventure you are looking for you can take boat trips, go coasteering, fishing or stand up paddling. A visit to Eithna’s by the Sea is a must if you are a fan of sea food. If you are looking for a place to relax check out the beautiful Peace Garden, a little haven of calm in this bustling seaside village.

So that is just a brief guide to four of the many Sligo beaches. We are very lucky to live in such a beautiful county.

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