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.
5 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.
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.
Sligo Town: Sligo is the vibrant heart of the North West of Ireland and the biggest town in the region. Built on the banks of the Garavogue River it connects Lough Gill to the Atlantic Ocean and boasts the magnificent backdrop of Benbulben Mountain.
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.
Mullaghmore: The village is a favourite holiday destination boasting great surf and dominated by the monolithic shape of majestic Ben Bulben Mountain.