Mullaghmore Head is Signature Discovery Point 4 on the Wild Atlantic Way and has dramatic views over Donegal Bay towards Sliabh Liag. Take the 5km walk, drive or cycle around Mullaghmore Head to discover it’s real beauty.
Streedagh Beach is a 3km sandy stretch of strand with a large abundance of well preserved fossils. 3 Spanish Armada ships were wrecked here in 1588 and a replica of a ships bow commemorates their plight.
Take a coastal walk between the beautiful secluded 2 mile beach at Dunmoran to the small picturesque fishing harbour at Aughris keeping an eye out for the fossilised coral fauna.
Strandhill Beach is well renowned for it’s surfing with it’s Wild Atlantic Rollers.
Rosses Point Beach
An old seafaring village steeped in maritime history. To compliment its beauty, there is a blue flag beach and an 18 hole championship golf club, home to the West of Ireland competition.
Knocknarea & Meave’s Cairn
Maeve’s cairn is by far the largest monument on Knocknarea, being 10m high and 55m across at the base. It is estimated that the stones used in the construction of Meave’s Cairn would weigh approx’ 40,000 metric tons. It probably covers a passage tomb similar to those at Carrowkeel and in the Boyne valley and would have been built by Neolithic peoples about 3000 BC.
Sliabh Liag (Slieve League)
At the third Signature Discovery Point you will discover some of the highest sea cliffs in Ireland which you can explore on foot or by boat.
A long 3.5km strand with exceptional views to the coast. Inland the views for the most part are contained with the exception of Kildoney Point and high ground in the distance. Rossnowlagh seafront is an active and vibrant seaside resort defined with built form and bustling streets.
Benbulben is known as County Sligo’s ‘Table Mountain’ and is part of the Dartry Mountains.
Coney Island is accessible by boat from Rosses Point or by driving or walking over the causeway (guided by the 14 pillars) at low tide.
Visitors to Coney Island like to frequent the local pub, spot the faerie ring and napoleopic star shaped forts, visit Carty’s strand (the secluded beach to the rear of the island) for a swim or walk around the island to spot rabbits or the schoolhouse and other famine structures which remain.
Drumcliffe Round Tower & High Cross
View the remains of a 10th-century high cross and a fragment of a plain high cross. There are also some remnants of a round tower or bell tower.
The Model in Sligo Town, home of The Niland Collection, is one of Ireland’s leading contemporary arts centres.
This picturesque lake is surrounded by woods and contains about 20 small islands, including the Lake Isle of Innisfree made famous by poet William Butler Yeats.
Mighty Mullaghmore Head is home to big wave surfing by professionals and Mullaghmore Beach is a great spot for both novices and amateurs.
Mullaghmore is a great spot for offshore fishing where you can catch numerous species such as Coalfish, Cod, Dogfish, Flounder, Conger, Mackerel, Monkfish, Mullet, Pollock, Whiting & Wrass.
Explore Sligo’s Wild Atlantic Way on horseback. Local stables provide beach and coastal trekking packages.
Having both competed in and judged sheepdog trials throughout Ireland, Europe & America, Martin Feeney is a well known sheepdog handler. On a visit to Atlantic Sheepdogs, Martin will demonstrate the skill of sheepdog handling with the help of some of the world’s smartest sheepdogs. Visitors will learn the history of the working sheepdog, as well as how these remarkable dogs are trained.
Inishmurray is an uninhabited island situated 7 km off the coast of County Sligo, Ireland. It covers 228 acres (0.9 km2).
On the island are remains of an early Irish monastic settlement. Saint Molaise founded a monastery here in the 6th century. The island’s ecclesiastical settlement was attacked in 807 by the Vikings.
The enclosure wall is impressive – reaching 15 feet (4.6 m) in height at its highest point and up to 3 meters thick. The site contains various ecclesiastical buildings including enclosures, a stone-roofed oratory, two churches, a clochan, a large beehive-shaped cell and other remains including cross slabs suggesting foreign influences.
The whole complex is composed of what is probably local limestone rubble.
The local population peaked at just over 100 in the 1880s but the last residents moved out to the mainland on 12 November 1948. Some of the buildings are still visible including 15 houses and the island’s only school.
The site remained a pilgrimage destination right up to recent times.
Explore Sligo’s Wild Atlantic Way from a bike. Local companies provide packages and trips.
Explore Mullaghmore’s underwater sea life on a snorkeling trip.
Go for a swim off Mullaghmore’s Sandy Green Flag Beach.
Afine riverside amenity, Doorly Park is around 15 minutes walk from Sligo town centre.
Creevykeel Court Tomb
Creevykeel Court Tomb is one of the best examples of a court tomb in Ireland. It consists of a long, trapeze shaped cairn, enclosing an oval court and a burial chamber of two compartments. The court was where rituals were performed.
Benbulben (Gortarowey) Walks
Benbulben is Ireland’s table top mountain and is part of the majestic Dartry range of mountains that overlook Mullaghmore. To get a better view of the mountain we recommend going on the Benbulben walk at Gortarowey (Red Loop). This walk takes about 50 minutes and there are also some great views of Mullaghmore, Streedagh beach and Inishmurray island from the trail.
Cashel loop (Blue) is a new walking trail that has been added to Gortarowey and takes about an hour. This trail has lovely views of Sligo and Donegal bay and brings you past a cashel ringfort dating to the early medieval period. For more information check out the Sligo Walks website.
Glenade Lake Drive
The Glenade Lake Drive takes you through the beautiful scenery around Glenade Lake which is a result of millions of years of Earth history, the most recent of which was the last Ice Age.