Sligo Travel Guide

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Sligo Things to Do

  • Benbulben Mountain

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Benbulben or more correctly Ben Bulben is a huge formation of shale and limestone which is believed to have been formed during the Ice Age 320 million years ago. It can be seen for miles around as it dominates the countryside a little north of Sligo. Many a Celtic Legend had its beginnings on or around Benbulben and when you see it and its...

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  • Knocknarea Mountain

    Overlooking the megaliths at Carrowmore is the legendary Maeve's Cairn. It sits on top of Knocknarea, the only mountain around so easy to spot. The site is Neolithic and about 5000 years old. It is the alleged burial site of the Iron Age queen of Connaught, Maeve, who supposedly watches over Connaught from her vantage point to be ready for invaders...

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  • Rosses Point

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Following the N15 North out of Sligo takes you to the seaside town of Rosses Point. There are great views of Sligo and the Ocean. The area has many restaurants, especially some good fish eateries. Plenty of caravan space and hotel accomodation locally make this a good spot for a break.

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Sligo Hotels

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Sligo Restaurants

  • Ask for the Rhubarb Pudding

    Here the best drinks are served along with great value in Freshly cooked quality Food.Check out the great dinner.Open Seven Days per week from 7.30am – Late serving BreakfastCarvery Lunch, and an extensive a la Carte evening Menu at very reasonable prices To StartBaked Goats Cheese with cranberry reductionSeafood cocktail; mussels, crab and prawns...

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  • Get in early or you'll be waiting all...

    This is a very Italian restaurant in the middle of a very Irish town. The food is fantastic and the atmosphere really great. The only problem is that they don't take bookings, so you have to turn up and line up and believe me, you'd better behave yourself and take your proper turn on the queue or you could have a physical fight on your hands. The...

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  • INteresting Fast Food Option!

    When you have been out drinking in Sligo, your munchie options are limited as the food places close fairly early. When all else fails you turn to fast food chains to appease your appetite and the popular franchise "Abrakebabra" comes into this catagory. There is a branch in the main road into Sligo (near to McHugh's bar) and it is open when some of...

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Sligo Nightlife

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  • Pubs..

    Great bar located in the centre of sligo. Modern decor with a terrace at the front overlooking the river. Spend an afternoon having some delicious food and sipping cocktails. Came back that night and the place had a great athmosphere live band on followed by a dj . It is a late night bar with no cover charge. Highly recommend Casual but neat. Over...

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  • Sligo Nightlife

    Great bar located in the centre of sligo. Modern decor with a terrace at the front overlooking the river. Spend an afternoon having some delicious food and sipping cocktails. Came back that night and the place had a great athmosphere live band on followed by a dj . It is a late night bar with no cover charge. Highly recommend Casual but neat. Over...

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  • Sligo Student Bar

    For the complete night out come to Shenanigans where you can Eat, Drink and Dance the night away. For great music, great food, great drinks and a great atmosphere what ever the occasion, you'll find it all at Shenanigans were we combine top quality with great value.

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Sligo Transportation

  • Train and Bus times

    We took the train from Dublin Connolly direct to Sligo in a little over 3 hours. Nice train, comfortable and on time. It was a one-way ticket for 27 Euros (2008). The train is much faster than the bus. We bought snaks at Connolly Station next door on Lord Edward Street, less expensive than on the train.

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  • Travelling from Sligo to Galway

    With only five days to travel around I would be inclined to stay in the same region in the west and not try to cover too much ground. Imo you need to hire a car as travelling by bus will take a lot of strategic planning in order to link up with services from each town, also you will have luggage to haul around. I suggest you hire a car in Sligo,...

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  • Sligo Airport is at Strandhill

    Sligo airport is about 8 km (5 mi) west of the town, in Strandhill, but public transportation links are not great. Bus Éireann run buses (route 472) seven times a day (five times on Sa, not at all on Su) starting across the road from the bus station, picking-up and setting-down at the airport only on request. A taxi will cost you between €10 to...

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Sligo Shopping

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  • Shopping in Sligo Town

    As it's quite a small town, all the shops in Sligo are within walking distance of one another, but there is still a very large variety of them! In particular there are lots of shops that sell small trinkets and jewellery, and I think there are almost as many book shops as there are in Central London!You'll also notice that there are lots of of...

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  • big cheap crisps!

    The shop is found on Rosses point oposite where the river leads into the ocean. its a small shop, opening from 8am-6pm. I went in there one day and because i wasnt going into town (i wanted to explore the countryside, woods and mountains), i thought I'd buy some food there. I ended up buying a massive 2 bags of crisp which only cost less than 1...

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Sligo Local Customs

  • Gaelic language

    Ireland has a strong gaelic culture. To promote the irish gaelic language, most roadsigns are bilingual: english and irish gaelic. The irish gaelic language is usually known just as irish. The photo shows the bilingual sign of Sligo Station.

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  • W.B.Yeats

    The Wild Swans At Coole by W.B.Yeats. THE trees are in their autumn beauty, The woodland paths are dry, Under the October twilight the water Mirrors a still sky; Upon the brimming water among the stones Are nine-and-fifty Swans. The nineteenth autumn has come upon me Since I first made my count; I saw, before I had well...

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  • Smirting & The Smoking Ban

    Smirting is a combination of the words smoking + flirting, geddit? It started when people had to go out for a ciggie after the ban was enforced, and got chatting to fellow smokers outside on the street, eyes meeting across a cloud of blue nicotine... ;) So you may just meet a local hottie in this way!!REMEMBER - Since March 2004, you CANNOT smoke...

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Sligo Warnings and Dangers

  • Swimming

    Sligo Town rests at the coastline of Northwest Ireland, and therefore it can have a very beautiful sea, particularly at sunset. However, as tempting as it is, swimming is not recommended at all. Several locals warned Wayne and I not to go swimming in the sea, as the Atlantic current is very strong and could easily pull you away from land. However,...

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  • Hillwalking Advice

    In the winter if you decide to climb be aware thats the mists roll in quickly and it becomes cold very quickly and when they come in you wont be able to get down the mountain easily. So it becomes dangerous very quickly.Just be careful and let someone know where you are going.

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  • Knocknera Mountain sligo

    In the winter if you decide to climb be aware thats the mists roll in quickly and it becomes cold very quickly and when they come in you wont be able to get down the mountain easily. So it becomes dangerous very quickly.Just be careful and let someone know where you are going.

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Sligo Tourist Traps

  • Rosses Point

    Unless you're going out here to go to the beach, then I'd say don't bother going out to here. I didn't think it was all that scenic really, and the wind just whips in off the water here. I tried to read my book sitting on a bench, and fought the wind the entire 2.5 hours I sat there. At which time it was later in the day and time to go. Traffic...

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  • Friendly Irish

    There aren't many tourist traps in Ireland. Every Irish person i met was very friendly and welcoming. However, watch out for the leprechauns! They'll trick you and rob you! However, if you are quick and alert, you might be able to find their pots of gold!

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Sligo What to Pack

  • Rain Gear

    If you are going to be camping, then try and pack your bags as light as you can. It was very annoying for me leaving London with heavy luggage. make sure you bring a rain-coat, something warm, and something like a T Shirt. When i was there, the 1st 2 days it rained, the next days were very hot (in july), but got VERY cold in the evenings. You can...

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  • Books

    The book * Round Ireland with a fridge * written by Tony Hawks is an useful companion for an Ireland trip. It tells the true story of a bet that Tony cannot hitch hike around the circumference of Ireland with a fridge within one calender month. On his trip Tony visits many irish places and their unique people. The book is easy to read and gets you...

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  • Warm Days and Cold nights.

    If you are going to be camping, then try and pack your bags as light as you can. It was very annoying for me leaving London with heavy luggage. make sure you bring a rain-coat, something warm, and something like a T Shirt. When i was there, the 1st 2 days it rained, the next days were very hot (in july), but got VERY cold in the evenings. You can...

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Sligo Off The Beaten Path

  • Rosses Point

    Don't forget to visit the seaside resort of Rosses Point which is served by local buses regulary. Roses Point is home to two fine sandy beaches, a yacht club and a few pubs. Apart from that you will get a spectacular view of the mountains (including Benbulben) and the beauty of Sligo Bay.

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  • Parke's Castle

    Parke's Castle is a little 1/2 drive east of Sligo. It's situated on a lake and there are some nice pull-off spots with pretty views along the way. The castle itself is kinda ho-hum. Nothing really fancy, but there is an escape route to the lake that's now overgrown with weeds. The west lawn is long and well shaded. You can walk through yourself or...

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  • Knocknashee

    Knocknashee is known as the legendary "Hill of the Faeries" and is one of Ireland's seven most sacred hills. The name comes from the Irish "knock" (cnoc) meaning "hill" and "shee" meaning "fairy". Its older name is Mullinabreena or "Fairy Palace". The hill fort is located near Lavagh, Ballymote, and rises 900 feet high with a flat top, green and...

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Sligo Sports & Outdoors

  • Running and cycling

    When i was in Sligo, i was staying at Rosses Point for some time. Because I was on a Budget travel on my Ireland Journey, me and J.I.M walked into town most days. But on the way, we saw Runners and Cyclers all the time. But then again, it is a great place to run. The roads are farely straight, and you pass lots of scenery just on the one long road!

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  • Sligo RFC

    If you like Rugby it is handy to be aware that Sligo has a thriving rugby team/club that are based in Strandhill, just to the North of Sligo Town.The club is very old and has variable degrees of success.Check the website to see when they are playing and against whom.Connacht has its own provincial team who are quite successful too and you may be...

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  • Sligo Golfing Opportunities

    Sligo has many opportunities for the golf mad person (like my partner!!). There are lots of 18 and 9 hole courses all over the county and as I am not a player I will list the courses and the rest is up to you...* Sligo Golf Club - 18 holes (Championship course)Rosses Point - North of Sligo Town, near super beaches and great scenery...

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Sligo Favorites

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  • Glencar Waterfall

    Glencar waterfall is well signposted - you can't miss it! After our little walk around Deer Park, my friends were not ready to trek to another site so they waited for me to walk to the waterfall. Unlike our previous walk, this one was a very short jaunt on handicapped accessible walkways. This is an easy site to see, and quite beautiful - the...

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  • The Cairn

    As you approach the Cairn you traverse an area of pine woods. It seems a fitting surrounding for the ancient burial grounds. Was it just my imagination or did these trees lend a sense of tranquil protection and watchfulness to the cairn?

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  • Yeats Memorial

    Besides being a good base to tour the surrounding area it's a nice walkable city. If you stay in a hotel near Stephen Street you can walk to transportation, the Abbey, the Mall and the Tourist office located on Temple Street and The Lungy. The Yeats statue is located on Stephen Street (where it turns into Low Knox St) and Markievicz Road (is that...

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