Things to do in Sligo

With people planning holidays in Ireland this year I thought I’d write a post of some of my suggestions of things to do in Sligo.

Knocknashee

Go for a walk
These aren’t any old walks, these are Sligo Walks. Whatever your level of fitness and whatever your preference – forests, beaches, urban, rural – there’s a walk for you. Sligo Walks is a fantastic resource to find out all about the walks in the county. https://sligowalks.ie/ Take a walk on the dark side with the Sligo Dark Tales Walking Tour.
Seatrails run guided walks in County Sligo, you will hear the history from a maritime archaeologist. Go walking up the Caves of Keash and check out the village and also nearby Ballymote Castle. North West Adventure Tours host regular climbs up Benbulben.

To market!
Sligo is home to a number of markets that take place weekly. It’s always lovely to meet stallholders and locals and find foods and crafts that you won’t find anywhere else. Every Saturday you will find Achonry Farmers Market, Beltra Country Market, The Farmers Market at the IT Sligo. There’s also Rathcormac and Cliffoney Markets but they aren’t on at the moment. Strandhill People’s Market will reopen on Sunday June 6th 2021.

Go for a drive.
If you are interested in castles or cottages Sligo has them all. The photo above was taken at the Gleniff Horseshoe drive. You can see an old schoolhouse in the shadow of Diarmuid and Grainne’s cave. This is a spectacular drive in any weather – just mind the wandering sheep! Or drive around Lough Gill stopping off at Hazelwood Forest, Dooney Rock, Slish Wood and more – it’s easy to see why the poet W.B. Yeats got his inspiration. The Mullaghmore drive is another spectacular one, with Classiebawn Castle and Benbulben providing the backdrop to the Wild Atlantic Way. Lough Easkey is also another fabulous drive, along with the Ladies Brae. Be sure to take the road less travelled, you never know what you’ll see.

Talk to the animals.
There are a number of animal adventures for all the family to enjoy. Quarryfield Farm Experience, walk alpacas and meet the animals on this working farm. Atlantic Sheepdogs, this whole experience is just brilliant and great for all ages. Eagles Flying, birds of prey, and a wide range of animals for you to meet. Atlantic Way Alpaca Farm, walk an alpaca and meet the other animals.

Eat, drink and be merry
We have some of the most amazing restaurants, coffee shops and pubs in County Sligo. There are too many to list but I suggest you go exploring and see what you find. Check out Sligo Food Trail as well for lots of foodie experiences.

Sligo Folk Park

Step back in time
Sligo Folk Park has undergone a huge transformation and will reopen to the public in June. This really is not to be missed and is the perfect place to visit on a rainy day too. The cafe there is pretty special too. Keep an eye on their Facebook page to find out more.
Visit the megalithic cemeteries – there’s Carrowkeel and Carrowmore. Sligo Abbey in the centre of town is another place worth visiting.

Grab the buckets and spades
Sligo is home to so many beautiful beaches and is located on the stunning Wild Atlantic Way. Look out for the Wild Atlantic Way signs and visit one of the many beaches.

Irish landscape aerial photo

Visit a queen.
Climb up Knocknarea Mountain and see Queen Maeve’s final resting place. Did you know she was killed by a lump of cheese? But that’s a whole other story.

Off you trot.
You can visit so many fantastic stables in Sligo, suitable for all levels and most ages. Choose from beach or forest rides. Island View Riding Stables do some lovely beach treks near Streedagh, it’s like a little bit of heaven being on horseback along the golden sand, surrounded by breathtaking scenery.

Sligo has some real gems when it comes to shopping, some lovely independent shops, as well as some well known ones. I have to mention Michael Quirke, not just a shop, an experience. Michael is a woodcarver and a great teller of myths and legends of Sligo. He will chat away to you as he works.

A Taste of Adventure
Sligo is the adventure capital of Ireland. You can choose from surfing, kayaking, mountain climbing, free diving, scuba diving, stand up paddling, boat trips, fishing trips and more. Suitable for all abilities and a great way to see the county. Plan your next adventure here.

Enjoy some culture.
Sligo is home to The Model Sligo, one of Ireland’s leading centres for contemporary art. You can also visit The Hamilton Gallery and the Hyde Bridge Gallery who host regular exhibitions. Whatever your interests Sligo has something for everyone.

And relax….
Enjoy some rest and relaxation. Sligo is home to two seaweed bath centres, Voya in Strandhill or Kilcullens in Enniscrone. You can also enjoy yoga, spa treatments, reiki, beauty treatments, and so much more. Sligo Hub has a post about spas in Sligo for some inspiration https://sligohub.com/spas-in-sligo/

I hope this blog post has given you a few ideas of places to visit in our beautiful county. Enjoy your visit.

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  1. Reading through this wonderfully told account of Sligo…I cannot believe how lucky I am to call this place home. I feel there is a renewed awakening happening, let’s all (hopefully) be part of it. Thank you, Val, for sharing.

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