Sligo’s mix of incredible history and breathtaking scenery is hard to beat.. Read more
Trace the footsteps of one of Ireland’s literary legends with a trip to W. B. Yeats’ home county, escaping to another world entirely. Sligo’s scenery is unrivalled, from remote islands to tranquil beaches. Magnificent Benbulben rules the landscape, make time for a day trip to walk the laneways and trails at its base. Sligo’s mix of incredible history and breathtaking scenery is hard to beat
Sligo is one of the northwest’s most scenic counties and was the inspiration for poet WB Yeats, whose final resting place is beneath the beautiful Benbulben Mountains. As well as some truly beautiful mountainous scenery, Sligo is also blessed with still glassy lakes, and some beautiful beaches perched right on the edge of the Atlantic.
Sligo boasts a stunning, uninterrupted and wild coast, which attracts surfers and water sport enthusiasts year-round. The Ox Mountains, Benbulben and Knocknarea provide breath-taking, well-marked routes for walkers, and there is an abundance of scenic driving and cycling routes.
Sligo’s mix of incredible history and breathtaking scenery is hard to beat
Resounding with literary history, Sligo is one of the northwest’s most scenic counties and was the inspiration for poet WB Yeats, whose final resting place is beneath the beautiful Benbulben Mountains.
As well as some truly beautiful mountainous scenery, Sligo is also blessed with still glassy lakes, and some beautiful beaches perched right on the edge of the Atlantic.
Sligo Town, on the other hand, is a buzzy, atmospheric spot filled with great restaurants, shops and pubs, while the county’s smaller villages are excellent places to escape the frenetic pace of life.
And if you’re interested in ancient history then you’ll be pleased to find the largest megalithic site in Ireland at Carrowmore.
Ireland West Airport is located 6km from Charlestown in Mayo about 50 minutes drive from Sligo and Shannon Airport is located in Clare. Scheduled services are operated by major Irish and International airlines to and from the UK, mainland Europe and USA out of Shannon. Sligo can also be easily accessed by Dublin Aiport
The main ports of entry are Cork, Dublin and Rosslare – all of which are betwen 3 and 4 hours drive from Sligo. Brittany Ferries operates a service between Cork-Roscoff (France). Clare is also accessible via ferry from Rosslare and Dublin. Both ports offer daily services between Ireland-UK and services to France and Northern Spain. The following companies offer ferry services into Ireland – Stena Line, Irish Ferries, P&O Ferries, Kintyre Express, and Isle of Man Steam Packet
Bus Éireann provide services to County Sligo from Dublin, Clare, Galway and other areas
There are three railway stations in Sligo, that serve a direct train line to Dublin – Sligo Mac Diarmada Station (Sligo town), Collooney Station and Ballymote Station through Irish Rail.
No visit to Sligo is complete without a visit to the surfing mecca of Strandhill, just a short 10-minute drive from town. The beach is the star attraction here, with people travelling from all over the world to experience it. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the strand or settle into the dunes to watch the sunset.
Drive the 5km across the causeway at low tide to Coney Island. The island gets its name from the Latin word for rabbit, thanks to the abundance of furry inhabitants there. Teens can explore the beach in search of the washed-up whale remains, while little ones are enchanted by folklore tales of mermaids and fairy forts
Carrowmore Megalithic Centre
Discover Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, one of the most important megalithic sites in Europe. Over 30 tombs have been discovered here by archaeologists; take some time to explore these fascinating monuments. The cemetery is accessible by foot. Explore the tombs and stop off at the restored cottage to see a small exhibition relating to the site. Check out the boulder circles with central dolmens and rudimentary passages that are among the earliest megalithic chambers built in Ireland.
The Rose of InnisfreeVoyage through the tranquil scenery of Lough Gill with a cruise on the Rose of Innisfree. Setting sail from Sligo town, the 72-seater boat makes its way along the Garavogue and out to beautiful Lough Gill, the town fading into the landscape as you’re transported to utter calm. Enjoy tea and homemade scones as you sail past ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’ – the inspiration for the famous poem by W.B. Yeats. Sailings go year-round thanks to the all-weather boat and kids under four go for free
The childhood home of Countess Markievicz, one of the leaders of the 1916 Rising, and Eva Gore-Booth an active suffragette, it was also a favourite place of the great WB Yeats, who drew inspiration for his poetry from Sligo’s landscape. Today the estate has been near fully restored by the current owners with the large courtyard complex now serving as a multipurpose Visitor Centre which houses a new exhibition “The March of a Nation” featuring a series of expertly crafted life size 1916 Rising sets that lets the visitor follow in the rebels footsteps from the GPO to the stone breakers yard in Kilmainham.
We offer guided walking and hiking tours in Co. Sligo, in the northwest of Ireland along the Wild Atlantic Way which focus on Archaeology, Geology, Local History and the Natural Environment.
You will be taken to places far off the beaten track! You can choose a refreshing coastal walk, an adventurous mountain hike offering you spectacular views or an interesting mythology trail.