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County Sligo is located on the Wild Atlantic Way in the North West of Ireland. Sligo is a unique coastal destination with some iconic places to visit and explore the great outdoors. There are many opportunities to interact with nature and catch a glimpse of the local wildlife. In terms of outdoor activities, Sligo has it all from boat trips to kayaking, coasteering to rock climbing, diving to surfing, walking and cycling, plus many more outdoor pursuits for everyone to enjoy.  

Sligo Town is a coastal seaport with a harbour area for visiting boats. Sligo is a vibrant town with many wonderful pubs and restaurants on the Sligo Food Trail. Music is of great importance in Sligo, with many musicians coming to play and develop their craft at the many pubs and venues throughout the town.

Benbulben is known as Sligo’s 'Table Mountain' and is part of the Dartry Mountains and home to a large variety of local species. The mountain itself has a distinctive and dominant shape, visible from many surrounding places. Benbulben has flora and fauna not found anywhere else in Ireland.

For the walking enthusiast, Benbulben has a new looped walk called Gortarowey. The trail begins in a secluded forest area before opening out to provide genuinely stunning close up views of Benbulben head. Later in the walk panoramic views of Donegal Bay are also available with the mountains of Donegal including Sliabh Liag highly prominent in addition to Mullaghmore and Classiebawn Castle.

Sligo and its surrounds were a significant inspiration for the great Irish poet and Nobel Laureate William Butler Yeats who composed some of his finest literature while observing the natural environment and wildlife in Sligo such as the "The Wild Swans at Coole" one of his most famous poems. Drumcliffe just outside Sligo Town is best known as the final resting place of W.B. Yeats.

Enniscrone in County Sligo is a popular holiday seaside resort, known for its 5 km stretch of beach, seaweed baths and fossil rocks. Whether beaching, fishing, horseback riding, kitesurfing, surfing, or just relaxing in the spa, it’s a holiday you are certain to remember.

Mullaghmore is a small seaside fishing village situated on a peninsula in the north-western corner of the parish of Ahamlish, County Sligo. On the western side rocky cliffs defy the Atlantic gales while to the East, sheltered from the Atlantic Ocean, lies a golden sandy beach and picturesque stone-built harbour. It is renowned for being a base for licensed angling/passenger boats for charter and trips to Inismurray Island with small and sheltered anchorage for small and medium craft at the harbour.

Streedagh beach is situated on the north Co Sligo coast just outside the village of Grange. Traditionally Streedagh was a semi-secret beach stuck between the two most popular surf towns in the north-west, Bundoran and Strandhill. Streedagh has seen an explosion in popularity in the last five years; now it is one of the area’s most surfed beaches and you will find surfers from all over enjoying its quality beach break waves. At Streedagh beach three ships of the Spanish Armada were wrecked in 1588.

We will soon be giving you hints on great things to do during your holidays in County Sligo. Stay tuned!

Landscapes and wildlife of County Sligo