50 Things: Sligo’s Wild Atlantic Way
Welcome to Sligo, located on the Surf Coast of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, a 1,500-mile touring route along the rugged western coastline. At Ocean Heights B&B we have created a list of the best 50 things to do on Sligo’s Wild Atlantic Way.
5 Landmarks to discover
- Benbulben – Benbulben is a majestic mountain overlooking the Sligo Countryside.
- Knocknarea – Knocknarea famous for Queen Maeve’s Cairn is located near Strandhill.
- Mullaghmore Head – Mullaghmore Head is a Signature point on the Wild Atlantic Way.
- Gleniff Horse Shoe – A Valley in North Sligo known for its breath taking landscape.
- Glencar Waterfall – Glencar Waterfall is 50ft high and located in Glencar Lough.
5 Beaches to walk on
- Cloonagh – A lovely quite beach right on our doorstep and just a 2-minute walk away!
- Streedagh – Stunning 3km stretch of strand and site of the famous Spanish Armada wrecks.
- Lissadell – Picturesque walk where you can enjoy gorgeous views of Benbulben mountain.
- Raghly – A remote stretch of strand and the ideal spot if you want to get away from it all.
- Mullaghmore – 3km green flag family beach at Wild Atlantic Way Signature Point.
5 Historical sites to visit
- Lissadell House – Estate associated with W B Yeats and the Gore Booths – 5 minutes away!
- W B Yeats Grave – Famous Poet W B Yeats chose Drumcliff as his final resting place.
- Inishmurray Island – Contains most complete remains of an early monastic settlement.
- Spanish Armada – Streedagh beach is the final resting place of 3 Spanish Armada ships.
- Megalithic Monuments – Carrowmore and Creevykeel are great examples of early tombs.
5 Watersports to try
- Supping – Stand Up Paddle Boarding classes are available with Sligo Bay Sup in Lissadell.
- Surfing – Classes are provided in Strandhill and Bundoran; both good local spots.
- Kayaking – Kayak tours of Glencar lake are available with Sligo Kayak Tours.
- Coasteering – Available in Mullaghmore and Bundoran with North West Coasteering.
- Scuba Diving – Scuba Diving is available in Mullaghmore with Offshore Watersports.
5 Activities to enjoy with friends and family
- Fishing – Fishing trips depart from Mullaghmore with Offshore Watersports.
- Horse Riding – Beach and Bog Trekking with Island View Stables in Cliffoney.
- Cycling – Bike hire with Wild Atlantic Way Cycling in Drumcliff.
- Golfing – There are several great golf courses in Sligo such as Rosses Point.
- Eagles Flying – Eagle’s Flying show at Raptor Research Centre in Ballymote.
5 Ways to connect with the coast
- Star Gazing – Our coastal location is the perfect place for viewing the night sky.
- Photography – The rugged beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way provides the perfect subject.
- Bird Watching – Our area is famous for barnacle geese and many other coastal species.
- Rockpool Rambles – Explore the rockpools and identify seaweeds or simply skim stones.
- Seaweed Baths – Relax and take a seaweed bath at Voya Seaweed Baths in Strandhill.
5 Pubs & Restaurants for a relaxing evening out
- Ellen’s Pub – Sligo’s oldest pub with live music on Fridays – just 3 minutes’ drive away!
- Lang’s Bar & Restaurant – Award winning gastro pub with great pints and quality food.
- Eithna’s by the sea – Famous seafood restaurant in Mullaghmore – highly recommended.
- Yeats Tavern – Drumcliff restaurant – very popular with both locals and tourists.
- Hargadon’s Bar & Restaurant – Sligo’s award winning old world pub – serving food daily.
5 Places to shop
- Rathcormac Craft Village & Market – Local craft market open Saturdays from 10am until 3pm.
- Strandhill People’s Market – Local produce and products every Sunday from 11am.
- The Cat & The Moon – Irish crafted jewellery, textiles and art popular with locals and tourists.
- Mullaney Brothers – Traditional store stocking brands such as Magee and Aran Knitwear.
- Drumcliffe Teahouse & Craft Shop – Charming tea house and craft shop beside Yeats Grave in Drumcliff.
5 Festivals to Enjoy
- Rosses Point Shanty Festival – Sea Shanties every June supporting Local Lifeboat Station.
- Sea Sessions – Surf music festival in Bundoran every June attracting big name acts.
- Sligo Summer Festival– Free festival in August celebrating music, sport and culture.
- Celtic Fringe Fest – Commemoration of the Spanish Armada in Grange every September.
- Sligo Live – Folk, Roots and Indie music festival every October in Sligo.
5 Daytrips to take
- Donegal – Take in Slieve League, Donegal Castle and Killybegs harbour on this scenic tour.
- Giant’s Causeway – Take the Causeway Coastal Route to the dramatic Giant’s Causeway.
- Fermanagh – Visit Belleek China, the Marble Arch Caves and Florence Court Estate.
- South Sligo – Arigina Mining Experience, Keash Caves and Michael Coleman Music Centre.
- Calvary Film Trip – Filming locations include Streedagh, Lissadell, Sligo and Easkey.
For more information about all of these great things and more to do along Sligo’s Wild Atlantic Way please visit the Explore section of our website.
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