County Sligo Things to Do

  • Sligo Abey
    Sligo Abey
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  • View of Lough Allen from Arigna Mine
    View of Lough Allen from Arigna Mine
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  • Carrowmore Methalithic Cemetery
    Carrowmore Methalithic Cemetery
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County Sligo Things to Do

  • Benbulben Mountain

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    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

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    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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  • Sligo Abbey

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    The Baron of Offaly, Maurice Fitzgerald, founded the Dominican Friary in the 13th century. The Abbey has been destroyed by fire in 1414 and has been attacked and ravaged in both the Tyrone War in the 16th century and in the Ulster Uprising in 1641. The Friars vacated the abbey in the 17th Century and later on in the 1850s, it was restored by Lord...

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  • Yeats Memorial

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    For those of you who are fans of the work of W B Yeats, Sligo is the place to be! The grave is way out in Drumcliff but here in the town itself is the Yeats Memorial Building (run by the Yeats Society who work for free to highight the works of Yeats). The building was given to the society about 50 years ago. Look out for the very funky statue of...

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  • Rosses Point

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    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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  • Parke Castle

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    Parkes Castle on the shores of Lough Gill, was built in the 17th century and was the home of Robert Parkes and family. In the courtyard there are what seem to be remains of a Tower House structure believed to have been built in the 16th century. This Tower House was owned by Sir Brian O'Rourke who was executed in London at Tyburn in 1591 for...

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  • Lissadell House

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    Visiting Lissadell House, the childhood home of the Countess Constance Markievicz is a fascinating study of modern Irish history. Constance was friend to Yeats and participant in the 1916 Easter Rising. Papers relatant to her life are displayed.

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  • Carrowmore Cemetary

    Hi yes unfortunatly you are correct about the Megalithic Cemetary; the visitor centre is closed until March/April. However the area is predominantly fields and while privately owned it is possible (if you're willing) to still explore the area at your own risk. However there is also creevykeel and carrowkeel cemetaries closeby which also have...

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  • Creevelea Abbey

    This was one of the occasions where I just saw one of these tell-tale brown signposts which mark points of interest, pointing down some laneway. So I made the split-second decision that this was something we should have a look at and turned off the main road, once again leaving my long-suffering and bewildered travel-companion wondering what on...

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  • Tobernalt Holy Well

    This is a holy site which had been used a place of worship since ancient times and was later christianised. During the times of the Penal Laws when Catholicism was suppressed in Ireland it was forbidden to celebrate mass, and it had to be held secretly. Tobernalt was one such a place where such secret masses were celebrated those times.It is very...

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  • Glencar Waterfall

    While this waterfall is not spectacularly high or big it is very scenic, and instead of cascading down a mountain, like most other waterfalls in Ireland it is free-falling and resembles a veil.What else really is there to say about a waterfall...???

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  • Lissadell House

    After years of neglect and disrepair during which Lissadell House had been slowly crumbling away it has changed owner in recent years, and a big effort has been made to restore it to its former glory. When the Lord and Lady of Lissadell House were out and about enjoying the grounds around the castle they seem to have considered the sight of...

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  • Yeats' Grave

    Drumcliffe is probably most famous for the cemetery where the poet William Butler Yeats is buried. Yeats spent a lot of time in Sligo and the area north of Sligo town is also known as “Yeats’ Country”. His unassuming grave and the tombstone with the famous inscription is right next to the church. The high cross in the other section of the graveyard...

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  • Parke's Castle

    Parke’s Castle was one of the stopping points on our drive around Lough Gill. It was built on the site of an old tower house, the foundations of which can still be seen in the yard.One of the interesting features was the underground tunnel which was the ancient equivalent of an emergency exit and led from the yard to the outside wall by the...

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  • Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery

    Being a fan of old stones this was very interesting site to wander around in, even though it is a bit of a pity that it is cut in half with a road running through it. What made made this place fascinating was the large area that it covers and the amount of stone circles, tombs and dolmens it contains, making Carrowmore the largest megalithic...

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  • Celtic Seaweed Baths, Strandhill, Sligo

    Seaweed baths, as the name implies, are baths full of hot water and seaweed freshly brought up from the Atlantic coast of Ireland. I tried the ones at Strandhill, as recommended by a local. It was 20 euro, and well worth it. First, there is a steam sauna to open your pores, then the bath itself where you relax for an hour. Your skin and psyche feel...

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  • The mountains in County Sligo

    There are some spectacular mountains in County Sligo - you have never seen anything quite like them!!Benbulben is the most well known one. It is an amazing limestone plateau that dominates the surrounding countryside.It was a little tricky to take a decent photo out the car window....perhaps we shpuld have pulled over and really taken in the view;

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  • The Irish Seaside

    When in County Sligo you can get a feel for the Irish Seaside by paying a visit to the beach at Strandhill, 8km's from Sligo Town.We stayed across the road, and enjoyed a walk by the beach.Although it was pretty windy, the sky was blue, so that made up for it!!

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  • Yeat's Grave

    Poetry Lovers and English students visit here to see Yeats Grave, But is he here?Yeats died in France, and was buried in a local cemetry. An englishman died in the same village and was buried in the same Cemetry. During the war the cemetry was damaged, and some residents were moved and buried again, including Yeats and the Englishman. After the war...

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