Scenic Sligo

Date: February 2021
Scenic Sligo

Trace the footsteps of one of Ireland’s literary legends with a trip to Yeats 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.

Sample fresh food at farmer’s markets, watch soaring waves at Mullaghmore Head and explore the enchanting historical sites dotted across Sligo.

Visitor Highlights:

Mullaghmore Head

Home to some of the best big-wave surfing on the planet, Mullaghmore Head is a world-renowned destination for surf lovers. Grab a seat and watch daredevils ride giant waves, some as big as 30ft, or take a stroll along the cliffs and beaches with the striking Classiebawn Castle and Benbulben in the distance.?

Lissadell House, Lissadell. T: (071) 9163150

On the shores of Sligo Bay visit the recently restored Lissadell House & Gardens, which has played an integral part in Ireland’s recent history. The childhood home of Countess Markievicz, one of the leaders of the 1916 Rising, it was also a favourite place of the great WB Yeats, who drew inspiration for his poetry from Sligo’s landscape. Spend a relaxing afternoon touring the house and unique Alpine Garden before stopping by the tea rooms for a homemade treat.

Sligo Food Trail

Sligo may be best known for its landscape but it’s also a place to enjoy great food. The Sligo Food Trail has stops dotted throughout the county and includes fresh farmers markets, cute cafés and award-winning restaurants. Think fresh seafood, stunning scenery and an incredible atmosphere and you’ll understand what the Sligo Food Trail is all about.

Coney Island

At low tide, you can drive or walk across the 5km long causeway from Rosses Point and escape from it all on Coney Island. Keep an eye out for the rabbits that give the island its name. With sweeping sandy beaches, lush green fields and gentle hills, Coney Island is a proper hidden treasure.

Sligo Abbey, Abbey Street, Abbey Quarter North, Sligo. T: (071) 9146406

In the heart of Sligo town, explore Sligo Abbey, a medieval Dominican monastery built in 1252 and destroyed by an accidental candle fire in 1414. Home to Gothic and Renaissance works of art, legend has it that its silver bell was thrown in Lough Gill and only those living sin-free lives can hear it ring.

Drumcliffe Church, Drumcliffe, Co. Sligo. T: (071) 9144956

In the foothills of his beloved Benbulben (Benbulbin) in Drumcliffe Church, lies the final resting place of the poet WB Yeats.This picturesque and quiet place is a must-visit if only to read for yourself the poet’s famous epithet: ?"Cast a cold eye on life, on death Horseman, pass by."

Carrowkeel, Castlebaldwin, Co. Sligo

Step back into Neolithic times on your trip to Sligo with a visit to Carrowkeel. This collection of tombs is one of the largest and most important ancient sites in Ireland, with stone structures standing here for over 5,000 years. Visitors are welcome to explore, but please don’t climb on or damage the tombs.


The iconic flat-topped Benbulben mountain has dominated the landscape in the west of Sligo for over 300 million years. Visible throughout the west of the county, you can really get a feel for its sheer size and otherworldly shape by exploring the trails and laneways at its base.
Eagles Flying, Portinch, Co. Sligo. T: (071) 9189310

Add a dash of excitement to your Sligo holiday with a trip to Eagles Flying but check before you visit as there are restricted opening hours. Watch as the handlers show off the laser-focused hunting skills of falcons, eagles and hawks.

Hotel Offers:

Valid Spring 2021

Clayton Hotel Sligo, Ballinode, Sligo. Tel: +353 71 911 9000

A perfect getaway for the over 50's at Clayton Hotel Sligo from €109.00 per person

Enjoy our safe and spacious public areas and bedrooms, on-site leisure facilities including a 20-metre pool and a delicious evening meal on a night of your choosing.

The package includes:

- 2 night bed & breakfast stay with 1 dinner.
- Complimentary transfer from/to bus/train station.
- Tea, coffee and a fresh scone on arrival.
- Complimentary access to the on-site pool and gym.
- Preferred rates at Dex & Pam Hair & Beauty located on the hotel grounds.
- Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi and car parking.
- 10% entrance discount at Strandhill Golf Course – valid Mon-Fri when paying in the Golf Club shop.
- Easy access to Sligo town with local transport. Bus stop is located a bare 5-minute walk away from the hotel.

Sligo Park Hotel & Leisure Centre, Pearse Road, Sligo. T: (071) 9190405

Over 50’s Mini Break – 2 Nights B&B and Dinner Each Night from €165 per night

This superb package has been specifically created for the over 50’s and includes full Irish breakfast each morning and a fabulous 3 course evening meal every night in the award winning AA Rosette Hazelwood Restaurant. Facilities include a 16 metre swimming pool and gym. Our Safe Stay programme is in place to ensure guests have a safe and comfortable experience.

Yeats Country Hotel, Spa & Leisure Club, Rosses Point. T: (071) 9117100

Autumn Staycation - Sligo by the Sea
Enjoy 3 Nights B&B plus 2 Evening Meals plus Complimentary Spa Bath
Total €327 based on 2 sharing
Use Promo Code: Fab20 for €20 off your booking.
• Leisure Club × Spa
• 5 minutes walk to Beach
• Stunning Wild Atlantic Way Views

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