Sligo will Enchant You
It is a county that celebrates its independent spirit. A place steeped in history and mythology, with a creative tradition that lives in the music, art, poetry and expression of its people.
From lakes and rivers to beaches and dramatic limestone mountains, Sligo is a place where ancient sites, spectacular landscapes and rolling waves inspire stories, trails and adventures that will open your mind and invigorate your body.
Wild Atlantic Way
The Wild Atlantic Way is the world’s longest defined coastal touring route. It’s inspiring, renewing, relaxing and invigorating. It’s yours to experience however you choose.
Mullaghmore Head: Signature Point
Mullaghmore is a small fishing village that should be on any outdoor enthusiast’s itinerary. The sandy beach here stretches as far as the eye can see and is ideal for a spot of swimming or windsurfing. You can also venture out into the Atlantic for an excursion to Inishmurray Island or a sea angling trip. If you’re more of a landlubber, there’s plenty here for you too. Go for a leisurely stroll and take in panoramic views of Sliabh Liag or watch the waves crash under Classiebawn Castle. You can also enjoy surfing as a spectator sport, remaining on the beach while watching top international surfers ride some of Europe’s best waves. Many come for Prowlers – a famous spot where swells can reach up to 30m – and practice the towing technique involving jet skis. These skilled big wave surfers are exciting to watch, but the waves tend to be best in the winter months, so you’ll no doubt want to hurry back into a cosy pub where you can warm up by the fire.
6 Wild Atlantic Way discovery points in County Sligo:
Easkey: The unspoiled village of Easkey enjoys a spectacular setting along the Easkey River estuary and is a great place for surfing, angling and walking.
Aughris : Aughris Head is a discovery point which provides scenic views over Aughris and Dunmoran strand. Enjoy views of Sligo Bay and Knocknarea in the distance. There are several walking routes along the beach or along the coastal path to the west. Enjoy dramatic views of the wild Atlantic Ocean.
Strandhill: The stunning seaside village of Strandhill lies at the foot of Knocknarea mountain. It is regarded as one of the top surfing spots in Ireland.
Rosses Point: The quiet seaside village of Rosses Point is set against the backdrop of beautiful Sligo Bay and the Dartry Mountain Range. Only a short drive from Sligo Town the village is popular with golfers who tee up at the County Sligo Golf Club.
Enniscrone: Enniscrone is a small seaside town located along the Wild Atlantic Way. It is recognised as being one of Ireland’s top surf spots and has a beautiful beach which stretches for 5km. Dive off Enniscrone Pier, visit the world famous seaweed baths or enjoy a round of golf at the 27 hole golf links course.
Streedagh: Streedagh Strand is a beautiful 3km stretch of sandy beach and is located on the North Western shore of a sandbar which links Streedagh Point to Connor’s Island. Walk the coastal route along the stunning Atlantic coastline or climb the sand dunes where you can enjoy spectacular views. Streedagh provides ideal conditions for surfers all year round.