Visit Sligo: Your travel guide

Things to do in Sligo
Drumcliffe High Cross and Round Tower
St. Colmcille founded a monastery here about 575 on lands given by King Aedh Ainmire. Not far away, at Culderimne, the saint had been heavily involved in a battle in 561 in a dispute over the ownership of a book! The monastery seems to have been well known from the 9th to the 16th century, and was plundered by Maelseachlain O'Rourke in 1187. It was plundered again in 1267 and 1315, and the last known abbot died in 1503. The Church of Ireland church stands on the site of an older church of which nothing remains, and in front of this church the poet W.B. Yeats lies buried. Beside the road is the stump of a Round Tower which was struck by lightning in 1396. Tradition says that it will ultimately fall on the wisest man who passes it (so, if it falls on you, your wisdom will have been recognised - but too late!) To the right of the path leading from the road to the Church of Ireland church is a High Cross, consisting of what were two separate parts originally.
Sligo Riding Centre
Nestled between Knocknarea mountain and Union forest, 3 km from Sligo city (pop.25,000), on the Atlantic coast of Ireland sits Carrowmore, site of one of the oldest collections of Megalithic tombs and burial chambers, some dating to 3500 B.C. This area is said to be the first site settled by man in Ireland.This beautiful corner of Ireland is not only home to prehistoric tombs but also to Irelands foremost equestrian facility,Sligo Riding Centre.It’s success and popularity among guests and local riders alike is due to it’s excellent facilities, sympathic instructors, safe and well trained horses, friendly staff, but mainly to it’s beautiful and diverse riding terrain. From the endless Atlantic beaches for galloping to the mountains and pine forests for gentle hacking, this truly is the horsemans paradise.

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Traveller's reviews and photos

10
Exceptional
The scenery is breath taking- the people very friendly and the town had a lovely buzz about it. I would recommend visiting Glencar Waterfall, Yeats grave and Strandhill. The seaweed baths at Voya are amazing and a visit to Lisadell a must.
Clare
Ireland
14 March 2017
8
Very good
Compact city. Very friendly, so lovely individual shops, and Doorlay park great for running around despite being flooded in parts due to such wet recent weather.
Catherine
United Kingdom
11 March 2017
10
Exceptional
Beautiful scenery, good restaurants and night life. All the amenities are are close. The road surfaces are good. No road signage at times in rural areas.
Kevin
Ireland
13 March 2017
10
Exceptional
Sligo has everything that you would want for a holiday! Stunning scenery and beautiful views. It's our favourite place for family holidays.
Brid
United Kingdom
19 March 2017
8
Very good
Sligo is a nice town with everything you need within walking distance. Whether it's for a quiet weekend or party time Sligo can cater for all your needs
james
United Kingdom
14 March 2017

Accommodation and hotels in Sligo

Riverside Hotel

9.1 Superb

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The Glasshouse

8.8 Fabulous

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£74

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Clayton Hotel & Leisure Club Sligo (formerly Clarion Hotel Sligo)

8.1 Very good

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£60

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Sligo City Hotel

8.4 Very good

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£60

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Great Southern Hotel Sligo

8.1 Very good

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£56

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Radisson BLU Hotel & Spa, Sligo

8.9 Fabulous

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£77

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Sligo Park Hotel & Leisure Club

8 Very good

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£77

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Strandhill Lodge and Suites

9.5 Exceptional

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£60

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Yeats Country Hotel, Spa & Leisure Club

7.6 Good

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£48

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Recommendations for Sligo

Has to be heading of with Auriel from Seatrails on her guided walks full of knowledge and history delivered in a fun way and out in the beautiful landscapes of Sligo.

Most beautiful county in Ireland, not at all discovered or promoted by Bord Failte over the years but visitors always tell me they found it to be the most beautiful

There is a wide variation of shops and small cafe's. Easy parking and near shops also not expensive.

Plenty of individual shops, different from the main high streets.

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What was your best surf session in Sligo like?

strandhill and Bundoran has greate beaches for surfing.

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What made the beach in Sligo unforgettable?

long stretch of sandy beaches ideal for walking

a few more rest seating areas

Plenty of music around

Dargan castle

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