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
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.
Go Surfing – 10 minutes from 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!
Sligo Kayaking Tours
You can always opt for Sligo Kayak Tours. Paddle along the beautiful coast and sweep into tranquil lakes. Slip into Sligo’s untouched nature and world-renowned landmarks. Come face to face with unique marine, bird and wildlife.
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The Yeats Family Walking Tour
Be whacked with Yeats fantasia with a two hour guided walk visiting the many places and sights immortalised by the Yeats Family while discovering the ultimate muse, Sligo. There is a shorter, 30 minute version of the same tour available.
Free Guided walking Tour of Sligo Town
Take a free guided walking tour of Sligo. Consume the wonderful & numerous buildings and locations dotted in the centre of town. With a mound of history buried into each spot, get ready to Target the Abbey c.1250, the Courthouse, both Cathedrals and others recalling significant events and people in the social, cultural and political history of Sligo.
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.
After an exuberating day, end your wonderful day with dinner in the Award Winning Classiebawn Restaurant with stunning views overlooking Sligo Bay!
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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Closely associated with the great poet WB Yeats, the magnificent Lissadell Estate with its celebrated place in the history of modern Ireland, and featuring some of the finest gardens and architecture in the country is a “must-see” destination. The landmark Estate is famous as a childhood home of Constance Markievicz, Revolutionary, Artist, Activist for the poor and one of the leaders of the 1916 Rising. In addition you can stroll around the Historic Alpine Gardens created in 1740 as a pleasure garden.
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.
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.
Boat Tour of Lough Gill with Yeats Poetry and Music – approx. 10 mins from the hotel
William Butler Yeats love of Sligo is well documented and much of his poetry is inspired by the locality. In the poem titled “The Lake Isle of Innisfree”, Yeats talked about one of the Islands on Lough Gill here in County Sligo. The Island is not accessible but may be viewed from land or by boat. Take a tour of Lough Gill on the Rose of Innisfree.