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Sligo 2018-04-30T15:39:37+00:00


Knocknarea hike dominates the skyline over the Coolera peninsula and is one of the most striking landmarks in the entire country. The giant rocky cairn of “Queen Maeve’s grave” is clearly visible atop the mountain from various approaches to Strandhill.
On a clear day, you can witness a panoramic view that is breath-taking. Overlooking Strandhill, you can see the ocean to the west and the coastline towards Easky. Away to the north, east and south you can see mountains including Ben Bulben, rivers, lakes and woodlands.

Important Information

Car Park
Time Walk: 1h50 to 2 hours, good footwear are recommended as the trail can be both wet and slippery.

Distance to Dublin Airport: 2h35 – 213 km
Distance to Shannon Airport: 2h30 – 215 km

Travel by bus: 

Take the bus Eireann S2 in Bus station in Sligo City direction to Strandhill City

Restaurants around 5 kilometers:

  • The Venue Bar and Restaurant, Top Road, Larass, Strandhill
  • The Strand Bar, Shore Road, Carrowbunnaun, Strandhill
  • Jade Garden Restaurant, Shore Road, Carrowbunnaun, Strandhill

Sligo Abbey

This abbey survives from medieval days. It was built by Maurice Fitzgerald for the Dominicans in 1252 and was accidentally burnt down in 1414, when a candle left carelessly in the building set it on fire.
Legend says that worshippers saved the abbey’s silver bell which was thrown into Lough Gill and only those free from sin can hear it peal. The site contains a great wealth of carvings including Gothic and Renaissance tomb sculpture, It’s the only sculptured 15th Century high altar to survive in any Irish monastic church.

Important Information

Opening Hours: 29th March – 31st October 2018
Daily: 10.00 to 18.00
Average length of visit: 1 hour

Price: Adult: €5; Group/Senior: €4; Child/Student: €3; Family: €13
Toilets, Public car park close to site

Self-guide leaflet in English, French, Spanish, Italian, German and Dutch.

Distance to Dublin Airport: 2h35 – 210 km
Distance to Shannon Airport: 2h30 – 210km

Travel by bus:

Take Bus Eireann Route 23 at the Dublin Airport to go to Sligo City: Adult: €19; Student: €17,10; Child: €13,78

Restaurants around 5 kilometers:

  • Fiddlers Creek Restaurant & Bar, Rockwood Parade, Abbeyquarter North, Sligo
  • The Belfry, Thomas Street, Abbeyquarter North, Sligo
  • Jalan Jalan, 32 Castle Street, Abbeyquarter North, Sligo

Mullaghmore Head

is a small fishing village. The sandy beach is ideal for a spot of swimming or windsurfing. Go for a leisurely stroll on the Wild Atlantic Way and take in panoramic views of Slieve League Cliffs or watch the waves crash under Classiebawn Castle, this beautiful private castle, you can walk around and also enjoy surfing as a spectator sport. A lot of international surfers ride some of Europe’s best waves.

Important Information

It is an easy walk from Cliffoney, still, about 1 hour.

Distance to Dublin Airport: 3h – 221 km
Distance to Shannon Airport: 2h50 – 232 km

Travel by bus: 

Take the company Bus Eireann Route 64 in Sligo Bus Station and stop at Cliffoney and walk around 1hour.

Restaurants around 5 kilometers:

  • Eithna’s by the sea Restaurant, Harbour View Apartments, Bunduff, Mullaghmore

Eagles Flying

Eagles, hawks and other raptors fly around you, to your heads safely during a show-demonstration. The Irish Raptor Research Centre / Eagles Flying is situated on more than 27 ha of mature parklands near Ballymote. Currently it is the home of more than 100 eagles, hawks, owls, falcons and vultures. Altogether there are more than 450 birds and animals, encompassing nearly 100 different species, in the centre.

Important Information

From 24th March to 7th November inclusive

10:30 a.m – 12h30 p.m & 2:30 p.m – 4:30 p.m

BIRD SHOWS start at 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. every day

Free parking for cars and coaches

Price: Adult: €11.90 / Students (with ID €10.90 / Children 3-16 €6.90 / Child under 3 Free / Family (2 adults and 2 children) €35.90

Distance to Dublin Airport: 2h32 – 202km

Distance to Shannon Airport: 2h05 – 189km

Restaurants around 5 kilometers:

  • Coach House, Grattan Street Nearest Knock Airport – 4,1 km from Eagles Flying

Enniscrone Golf Club

The Enniscrone Golf Club has a superb course to indulge your passion! Situated on the edge of the ocean, the terrain alternates between maritime panoramas and impressive dunes. To do for golf lovers!

Important Information:

The proposed course consists of an 18-hole course

The difficulty level is accessible to beginners

Possibility to rent equipment on the spot, to be trained, or even to be accompanied by certified instructors.

Advice: Book in advance, you can then benefit from preferential rates if you stay in a partner establishment of the club.

Opening Times: 8am to 7pm

Distance from Dublin Airport: 3h11 – 255km

Distance from Shannon Airport: 2h21 – 193 km

Travel by bus: Take Bus Eireann Route 458 from Ballina to Enniscrone.

Restaurants around 5 kilometers:

  • Enniscrone Golf Club Bar & Restaurant, Enniscrone, Sligo

Hazelwood Forest

Only 5km outside Sligo Town, the Hazelwood Demesne is located at Half Moon Bay along the shores of Lough Gill. The short walks here are among the most beautiful in the country, with views from the trail toward Church Island, Cottage Island and Goat Island and the full expanse of Lough Gill.

Important Information:

Grade of Walk: Easy, multi-access, 3km approximatively 1hour

Car park

You can rent a bike to go in Hazelwood Forest.

North West Adventure: Price 20€ for 1 day. Situated at Riverside Hotel Sligo.

Distance from Dublin Airport: 2h45 – 218 km

Distance from Shannon Airport: 2h30 – 212 km

Restaurants around 5 kilometers:

  • Fiddlers Creek Restaurant & Bar, Rockwood Parade, Sligo

Lissadell House and gardens

Lissadell House and Gardens is situated on the shores of Sligo Bay, 7 km north of Sligo on the
N15 Donegal Road along the Wild Atlantic Way and is very clearly signposted from both Sligo
and Bundoran. The historic and literary associations of Lissadell and the wild dramatic
natural beauty of its setting surrounded by mountains, sea and woodlands makes Lissadella
must visit heritage attraction in the North West.

Important Information:
Prices: Adults: €14 / Child: €6 / Students or Senior: €12
Prices included a guided tour of the house, woodland and walks.
Opening Times: 10.00 am to 6 pm daily during the season.
Free car and coach parking.

Distance from Dublin Airport: 2h50 – 227 km
Distance from Shannon Airport: 2h37 – 221 km

Travel by bus: Take Bus Eireann Route 474
Departure: Sligo – Arrival: Maugherow

Restaurants around 5 kilometers:

  • Lauras of Carney, Carney
  • Davis’ Restaurant & Yeats Tavern, Sligo
  • Langs Bar & Restaurant, Sligo
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Contact Info

Sligo, Ireland

Phone: 087 3333 828




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