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!
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
Stroll the beaches of Normal People
Sligo boasts world class beaches, & now with the advent of their big screen premiere in Normal People, call it a sign and hop on over here! The best thing about these beaches? You ask.. Well apart from their obvious beauty, they’re usually empty! Streedagh Bay was the show stopper in the hit show but we can’t fail to mention the white sands of Dunmoran in South Sligo to the popular Strandhill and Rosses Point beaches.
Sligo Food tour
With an appetite worked up, steer to the Sligo Food Tour! Spend a delicious 2.5 hours buffeting in Sligo’s finest Cafés and restaurants. Whisked off on the vibrant food scene, come share in Sligo’s delectable palate! You’ll be tickled with delight! For all our Vegan friends, there’s also a tailored Sligo Vegan Food Tour.
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. A little heads up, the site is opened from March – 1st Novemeber 2020.
After an exuberant day, no doubt you’re feeling peckish. With Artisan locally sourced Irish food, dinner never sounded so appealing eh? Hooked Bistro is a must to set your hunger sailing!
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.
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County Sligo Golf Club
Waste away a few glorious hours on one of Ireland’s most prestigious golf courses – County Sligo Golf Club. As you manoeuvre around the 18-hole circuit, be hit with the stunning backdrop of Benbulben Mountain on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other.
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 to a 5 or 6-hour ride with picnic or pub lunch.
Take a Hike!
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 looking to recharge 45 minute walk should do the trick! Great idea to snack on those tasty treats pickedup in the market!
Knocknarea Trail: 1.5 – 2hrs (Strenuous) (15 mins from Hotel)
Queen Maeve’s Trail, is pouched with breath taking views over Sligo Bay, expect lots of steps & a steep incline! 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!
Coney Island – 2 Hrs (Easy) (20 mins from Hotel)
Like a step back in time, this magical island lies in Sligo Bay between Rosses Point and Strandhill and gave its name to the famous Coney Island in New York, USA. Accessing is based on tidal times
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Visit WB Yeats Grave & Drumcliffe Churchyard (10 mins from the hotel)
One of Sligo’s “must see” tourist spots, Drumcliffe Churchyard is world famous as the resting place of Nobel Prize Winning Poet WB Yeats. In this tranquil setting, framed by the dramatic sweep of Benbulben Mountain, oogle at history. A monastic settlement lies nearby, dating from 574AD. It features the remains of Sligo’s only round tower and a high cross with scenes from both the Old and New Testaments.
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.
Dining in Classiebawn
End your wonderful trip with dinner in the Award Winning Classiebawn Restaurant with stunning views overlooking Sligo Bay!