We get lots of messages asking us for suggestions of things to do in Sligo. Here are our tips for North Sligo, in no particular order.
Take the road less travelled. Whether you hop on a bike or go for a drive there is some stunning scenery around North Sligo so head off exploring and see where the road takes you. One of my personal favourites is the Gleniff Horseshoe, it’s just so beautiful there and well worth a walk, drive or cycle.
Rathcormac Artisan Food and Craft Market is on every Saturday from 10am – 3pm. It’s a lovely friendly market and is undercover so no worries about the rain. It’s also well worth checking out the Rathcormac Craft Village there too, there are some very talented artists and crafts people there. Perfect to find that special gift.
To the beach. You really are spoilt for choices when it comes to beaches in North Sligo. Whether it’s surfing or sunbathing you are after follow the signs for the Wild Atlantic Way or just head off and find some hidden ones. You can read more about beaches in Sligo here.
Horse-riding along the Wild Atlantic Way. Island View Riding Stables is well with a visit, from an hour length treks to day trips to a deserted island.
Go walking. The Sligo Walks website is brilliant to tell you all about the various walks including the level of fitness required. If you’d like a guided walk with a maritime archaeologist Seatrails is recommended.
Explore Mullaghmore. There’s so much more here than just a beach, the harbour is home to various activity providers from sailing to stand-up paddling and lots more besides.
Talk to the animals. A visit to Atlantic Sheepdogs is well worth a visit for all ages. It’s fascinating watching these clever animals doing their job.
If you fancy something a bit different you can walk an alpaca at Wild Atlantic Way Alpaca Farm! You can find out more details here.
Visit Lissadell House and gardens. Lissadell House was once home to Constance Markievicz and at the moment there is an exhibition taking place so you can find out all about Constance. You can also take a tour of the house, explore the beautiful gardens or enjoy tea in their tea rooms.
Discover the history of North Sligo. Stepping back in time to visit the Spanish Armada Visitor Centre in Grange, open from 12-4pm at the weekends. Or even further back in time with a walk around Creevykeel Court Tomb.
Climb Benbulben. Depending on your level of fitness there’s either the Benbulben Forest Walk which is a looped walk at the base of the mountain or if you are an experienced walker you might want to climb the mountain. It’s always advisable to go with an experienced guide as with any mountain walk it can be dangerous.
Yeats Grave. I think everyone who visits Sligo pays a visit to this grave and do check out the round tower, celtic crosses and beautiful church when you are there.
Go on a food workshop with Gaby at Neantog. You can take part in courses from growing and using herbs, wholefood cooking and baking, and living foods.
Enjoy your time exploring North Sligo.