Sligo is often overlooked as a holiday destination but as soon as you set foot in this beautiful county, you will see why the poet WB. Yeats took much of his inspiration from the place. Below is ten amazing things to do in this little county.
1. Go for a drive.
If you are interested in castles of 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!
2. Eat, drink and be merry.
Check out the Sligo Food Trail for an idea of some of the wonderful food experiences you can avail of. Nothing could be nicer than eating fresh mussels on the beach.
3. To the Waters and the Wild!
You can choose from surfing, kayaking, 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.
4. 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.
5.Get on your horse.
You can visit Island View Riding Stables and have a trek along the beach overlooked by Benbulben. At Markree Riding Stables you can ride alongside a castle and trek into a forest. Both stables cater for all levels and ages.
6. Go walking.
There are so many different walks in Sligo for all levels of fitness and abilities check Sligo Walks for more details. The Sligo town walk is free and leaves the Sligo Tourist Office every day – check with them for times.
Seatrails run guided walks in County Sligo, you will hear the history from a maritime archaeologist. Go walk up the Caves of Keash and check out the village and also nearby Ballymote Castle.
7. To the Market!
Sligo is home to many markets. On Saturday you can visit Sligo Farmers Market at the IT, the Rathcormac food and craft market, Beltra Country Market, Drummartin Market.
On Sunday the Strandhill people’s market is on at Sligo airport. All the markets are the perfect places to pick up gifts and try some fabulous food.
8. Have a seaweed bath
Nothing is nicer than a seaweed bath. Your skin will feel wonderful after you’ve immersed yourself in your hot water bath. Check out Voya in Strandhill or Killgallens in Enniscrone.
9. Visit a queen.
Take a hike up Knocknarea Mountain to visit the cairn of Queen Maeve. It’s well worth the climb for the spectacular views over Sligo. Be sure to bring a stone to leave on the cairn, it’s said to be good luck.
10. Get cultural.
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.
This article was contributed by Val Robus of Magnumlady. To contribute an article, send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.