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48 Hours in Sligo

See what makes Sligo so special

With so much to do in Sligo, we thought we’d cram the best bits into a 2 day initinery so you get the most of out of your trip. Thank us later!

Day 1

Morning

Enjoy breakfast in Classiebawn Restaurant

Relax and enjoy the renowned Radisson Super Breakfast with your loved ones whilst soaking up the stunning panoramic views across Sligo Bay 

After Breakfast

Go for an amazing walk!

Sligo is home to over 300KM of Walking Trails through stunning forests, unspoiled beaches, lakes and mountains.  Below is a selection of the Top Walks in Sligo you can choose to do.

Culleenamore Beach 45 – 90 mins (20 mins from Hotel) 

This Beach is the perfect place to start your morning. Take in the fresh air & be blasted into the present! If you’re booted with energy tackle the 90 minute excursion or if you’re dealing with some groggy little ones a 45 minute walk should do the trick! 

Knocknarea Trail: 1.5 – 2hrs (Strenuous) (15 mins from Hotel)

Queen Maeve’s Trail, is pouched with breath taking views over Sligo Bay! Steeped in myths, travel on this historic adventure up the northern slopes of Knocknarea, past Megalithic and Bronze Age remains, through a forest and a ‘bog bridge’ leading to the summit. Water is a must on this trek which works up a thirst!

Benbulben Forest Walk – 1.5hrs and buggy-friendly

This walk is a great way to get up close to the majestic Benbulben Mountain. This walk is 5.5km around the base of the mountain.  

Lunch

While in Sligo, it would be a shame to miss out on all the flavours culled in our vibrant streets. Here are some hot spots we highly recommend to fill your tummy before another round of activity.

Shells Cafe:along the shore front in Strandhill and one of the hippest places with a variety of regular menu options, as well as delicious daily specials. With freshly baked breads and locally sourced ingredients you’ll get a real taste of Sligo.

Mammy Johnstons: Award Winning Ice-cream Parlour and Café based in Strandhill bringing you traditional Gelato Ice-cream made fresh daily with the finest milk sourced locally on the Atlantic Coast.. fresh as the sea breeze. They also serve delicious sweet and savoury crepes and home-made scones

Lyons Café: Known for its warm hospitality, this 1920’s Tea Rooms is in the heart of Sligo Town and operates as a Café, Bakery and Cookbook Shop

Afternoon

Choose from one or two of the below options:

Eagles Flying – approx. 25 mins from the hotel 

Eagles Flying is a thrilling experience featuring more than 100 magnificent birds of prey including falcons, hawks, vultures and eagles, some with a wingspan of up to 3 metres. The birds will sail above you, swooping right over your head, and, if you fancy, land on your arm!

Carrowmore Megalithic Tombs – approx. 15 mins from the hotel

Get a grasp on history with a trip to Carrowmore Megalithic Tombs the centre of a prehistoric ritual landscape.  Before your trip, here’s a glint of trivia. Did you know that the largest & oldest collection of stone circles & dolmens are housed in Sligo? Carrowmore is the largest  of the four major passage tomb cemeteries in  Ireland. These monuments unrivalled in age, even give the pyramids a run for their money!  A guided tour of 45 mins – 1 hour runs throughout the day or self-guided information is available in over 15 languages. 

Horseriding at Island View Riding Stables

Trot into an equestrian adventure where you explore the rugged coastline and the wild countryside at the foot of Benbulben Mountain on horseback. Groups can take part in all their rides, from a gentle 30-minute stroll for the kids or a 5 or 6-hour ride with picnic or pub lunch.

Visit Dolly’s Cottage-approx. 15mins from Hotel

A traditional 19th century Irish cottage now run as a folk museum by the Irish Countrywomen’s Association. The turf fire is still alight and visitors are welcome during the holiday season.

Evening

Sligo Abbey – approx. 10 mins from the hotel

Let your thirst for adventure lead you to Sligo Abbey. Founded in the mid – 13th century, the site contains a great wealth of carvings including Gothic and Renaissance tomb sculpture, well preserved cloister and the only sculptured 15th century high altar to survive in any Irish monastic church.

Day 2

Morning

Visit the Weekend Markets & grab some grub! It’s a hard ask to pick just one, so we’ve included them all below, happy eating!

  • Strandhill People’s Market – 15 mins from the hotel (Sunday 11am-4pm) located at Sligo Airport, it’s a favourite Sunday destination for locals and visitors alike.
  • IT Sligo Farmer’s Market – 10 mins from the hotel (Saturday morning 10 am – 1 pm) – the best in fresh produce, you will find fishmongers, fresh-baked bread, baked goods, great veggie stalls, a creperie. 
  • Rathcormack Market – 5 mins from the hotel (Saturday mornings from 10 am – 2 pm) – don’t worry about the rain as this market has you covered. Expect to find fresh produce, local craft, baked goods, cheeses and much more. 
  • Cliffoney Market – 20 mins from the hotel  (Held on the first and third Sundays of each month) The market takes place in Cliffoney village hall between 11.00 am and 1.00 pm. Each Country Market features a live traditional music session featuring local musicians. 

After Breakfast

Choose from one or two of the following:

Atlantic Sheep Dogs – 15 mins from the hotel

Atlantic Sheep Dogs Experience, run by Martin Feeney. Martin and his border collie, Jack is ranked 3rd in Ireland at sheep herding, and 23rd in the world. One of the only such experiences in the country, Martin gives visitors an insight into how he, his father and grandfather before him have herded sheep on 20 parcels of land around Sligo and the training methods the family use with their 9 dogs. Hearing Martin talk eloquently about how his father used to rise at dawn to tend sheep on top of Benbulben before school, and how Martin was taught this family tradition from the time he could walk and talk, gives a context and history that anyone who has been stuck behind a herd of sheep while driving down a rural country road will appreciate. 

Lissadell House & Pet Farm – 15 mins from the hotel 

Lissadell House and Gardens is situated on the shores of Sligo Bay, 7 km north of Sligo on the Bundoran/Donegal Road. The historic and literary associations of Lissadell and the natural beauty of its setting with sea, woodland and mountains make Lissadell one of the North West’s premier tourism attractions. 

Explore Mullaghmore Headland & Fishing Village – 25 mins from the hotel

Allow time to drive around Mullaghmore Headland, a signature Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way and view the splendor of Classiebawn Castle with the majestic Benbulben in the background.  An ideal photo stop. 

Glencar Waterfall – approx. 15 mins from the hotel

Glencar Waterfall is situated near Glencar Lake and is particularly impressive after rain and can be viewed from a lovely wooded walk. There are more Waterfalls visible from the road although none quite as romantic as this one which is mentioned by WB Yeats in his poem “The Stolen Child” 

Afternoon

Choose from one or two of the following:

Explore the pristine beaches

We cannot over-describe how stunning Sligo’s beaches are and the best thing? They are usually empty! From the white sands of Dunmoran in South Sligo to the popular Strandhill and Rosses Point beaches and further north to Lissadell and Mullaghmore, you are never short of a beach to explore. NB you cannot swim at Strandhill. 

  • Rosses Point (Blue Flag) – 5 mins from the hotel  
  • Enniscrone – 40 mins from the hotel 
  • Lissadell Beach – 15 mins from the hotel  
  • Dunmoran Beach – 25 mins from the hotel 
  • Mullaghmore – 25 mins from the hotel  
  • Streedagh – 20 mins from the hotel  
  • Strandhill Beach – 15 mins from the hotel  

 Go Surfing – 15 minutes from the hotel  

Throw your body on a board & cruise along the coast of the Wild Atlantic Way! Roll with the waves & bash your skills on the choppy water. If your more of a beginner, don’t worry Sligo has plenty of surf schools, eager to get you up on your feet!

Stand Up Paddle Boarding – approx. 10 mins from the hotel

If you’re feeling adventurous, try Stand Up Paddle Boarding &  see Sligo from a different viewpoint. Slip down beautiful coastal estuaries and tranquil inland lakes.

Sligo Kayak Tours

Paddle into unbelievable experiences, with Sligo Kayak Tours. Thread into world renowned landmarks from the comfort of your own sea kayak.

Evening

Relax and unwind after a very active day & chomp into a  delicious dinner in Classiebawn Restaurant & a Night Cap in Waves Bar