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With over 5,000 recorded archaeological sites, the largest of which is the Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, Sligo has one of the richest concentrations of prehistoric monuments in Western Europe. And all of this history provides a insatiable draw to bring visitors from all over the world. They love the great simplicity of its past, and the natural manner in which it is presented. Sligo was the centre of power of the famous warrior Queen Maeve of Connaught In Celtic folklore, and this along with Sligo's legacy of ancient sites show that the county was quite densely populated in the Celtic era.

The beautiful scenery of County Sligo inspired much of the great works by W.B. Yeats and the sheer beauty of the place is clear to visitors when they spend time exploring county's fine mountains, lakes and golden beaches. The poet William Butler Yeats, one of Ireland’s most famous personalities, had close associations with Sligo, and indeed the wonderful topography of his county was one of the great inspirations of his work. He is now buried in Drumcliff Graveyard, beneath the shadow of beautiful Benbulben Mountain.

The bustling capital of the North West is Sligo Town. Is has a rich cultural and historic heritage stretching back 6,000 years. To the west of the county lie The Ox Mountains which provide a backdrop to the coastal plain. About 8 miles north of Sligo Town, the landscape is dominated by Benbulben, Sligo's most famous mountain.  It is part of the Dartry Mountain range, and is distinctive for its unusual loaf-like shape.

There are some excellent surfing beaches in Sligo at Strandhill, Mullaghmore, Rosses Point and Enniscrone.

Whether you're into Indoor and outdoor activities, there is plenty to do in County Sligo.

How to get to Sligo

By aircraft, train, bus, or car. There are currently no scheduled services to Sligo airport. Iarnrod Eireann provide daily services to Sligo Train Station. Alternatively take the M4/N4 from Dublin directly to Sligo.

Where to stay near Sligo

Sligo has fine selection of places to stay in the area including hotels, hostels, self-catering holiday homes, guesthouses and B&B's.

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Sligo is surrounded by beautiful coastal towns. Don't miss Rosses Point and Raghly Point Harbour if travelling north, and Ballysadare Bay, and Enniscrone, if travelling south.

Things to do in Sligo

  1. Enjoy the Sligo Town Walking Tour. A walking trail is available which takes you through all of the treasures of Sligo town. It begins at Stephens Street and is signposted throughout the town. A free map is also available of the trail from the Tourist board. Guided tours can also be arranged.
  2. Visit beautiful Sligo Abbey. An official heritage site of the Office of Public Works now combining the ruins with an exhibition centre. It is a Dominican friary which was founded by Maurice Fitzgerald and dating from the mid thirteenth century. It is known for its tomb carvings and preserved cloisters and is one of the few buildings remaining with traces of the original medieval structure as well as later periods of Renaissance and Gothic rebuilding. Apart from the historical insights it gives into the history of the area and Sligo, it is the source of the Legend of the Silver Bell, which only the pure can hear.
Armada Lodge
Armada Lodge is a fine 4 star holiday home...
Co. Sligo
Arrowrock Lodge Hostel
ArrowRock Lodge is situated on the eastern...
Ballymote Heritage Weekend
Ballymote Heritage Weekend, organised by the...
Co. Sligo
Cairde Arts Festival
Celebrate diversity in Sligo with the Cairde...
Sligo Town
Co. Sligo
Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery
Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery is the largest...
Co. Sligo
Ceol Na Mara Guesthouse
Welcome to Ceol Na Mara Guesthouse, where you...
Co. Sligo
Clayton Hotel Sligo
The Clayton Hotel Sligo is situated on the...
Clarion Road
Co. Sligo
Coach Lane Restaurant
Nestled above Donaghy’s Bar, this restaurant...
1-2 Lord Edward Street, Sligo Town
Co. Sligo
Colmans Music Centre
The Colmans Music Centre is a visitor centre...
Co. Sligo
Cromleach Lodge Country House Hotel
Cromleach Lodge is situated in rural county...
Co. Sligo
Diamond Coast Hotel
The Diamond Coast Hotel is a 4 star hotel...
Co. Sligo
Eagles Flying Sligo
The Irish Raptor Research Centre a.k.a Eagles...
Co. Sligo
Harbour House Hostel
Harbour House Hostel provides budget...
Finisklin Road
Lough Gara Lodge
Lough Gara Lodge modern guesthouse in the...
Co. Sligo
Markree Castle Hotel
Markree Castle in Collooney, Co. Sligo, set is...
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Moygara House
Moygara House is a superb newly refurbished,...
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Top Attractions of Ireland's North West

If it is a leisurely or action packed holiday you require then you can be guaranteed that the counties of the North West of Ireland including Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo can provide for your every need. These counties offer you choices of the best accommodation and eateries along with lively evening hotspots to keep you entertained during your visit. The region has excellent sporting amenities with some of Ireland's best golf links courses, along with excellent fishing spots, horse riding, mountaineering, mountain biking, river and sea cruises, famous surfing beaches and much much more.

Visitors are also sure to experience a warm welcome or "céad mile fáilte" from those you meet on your travels in the area along with a strong sense of the Irish heritage and culture in some of the least explored parts of the country.

Ireland's North West is easily accessible from every corner of the world through the regional airports serving the region at Knock or Shannon and you'll find there is a lot to see and plenty to do once you arrive. Below are just some of the main attractions ready to be discovered. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Croagh Patrick in Mayo

Croagh Patrick

Croagh Patrick, one of the highest peaks in the West of Ireland is situated five miles from the picturesque town of Westport in the village of Murrisk, and the mountain’s conical shape soars majestically above the surrounding countryside. More details +
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Glenveagh National Park Donegal

Glenveagh National Park

Glenveagh National Park can be found about 24km north west of Letterkenny in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains. With its pristine lakes, mountains, boglands, moorlands, rivers and wilderness, this remote and peaceful national park is hauntingly beautiful and serene. More details +
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Slieve League Cliffs

Slieve League Cliffs

Towering high above the raging Atlantic Ocean, the Slieve League Cliffs are one of the highest sea-cliff faces in Europe. Their incredibly steep slope to the sea is perhaps even more hair-raising than the Cliffs of Moher with its shear drop. More details +
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The Céide Fields in Mayo

The Céide Fields

The remarkable neolithic site at Céide Fields in County Mayo holds the oldest known stone-walled fields in the world. They date back almost 6,000 years, more than any other early agricultural site to date. More details +
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The Giant’s Causeway

The Giant’s Causeway

The Giant's Causeway’s unique rock formations have, for millions of years, stood as a natural rampart against the unbridled ferocity of north Atlantic Ocean. The rugged symmetry of the columns, and their uniform planshape, never fail to intrigue and inspire the curious admirers who come so far to witness them. More details +
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Grianán of Aileach

Grianán of Aileach

The great Grianán of Aileach is believed to have been built in the 1st century AD, on the site of an ancient Iron Age hillfort, and the outline of the original Iron Age fort can still be seen on the hill to this day. More details +
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Doagh Famine Village

Doagh Famine Village

Doagh Famine Village contains a wide selection of full size attractions, including some original dwellings which were still inhabited up to 20 years ago. Some of the buildings of Doagh Famine Village, such as the Orange Hall, Presbyterian Meeting House, Mass Rock and Hedge School and a Republican Safe House, depict the diverse history and culture of this corner of the Inishowen peninsula. More details +

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