Top Sligo Secrets

Gleniff Horseshoe Valley - Spectacular valley about a mile north of Cliffoney on the N15. Getting there is easy. Just drive north from Sligo on N15 to Cliffoney (22km). From Cliffoney, continue north 2km to the first crossroads. Turn right as the sign indicates for a straight shot of 6km. Now, you’re primed for formidable masses of rock in the form of precipitous cliffs that have been in place for thousands of years. It doesn’t matter which way you go around the loop. Like many, you may have the urge to do it both ways. You’ll see more if you do! Either way feel, not just see, the presence of the giants: TieveBaun, Trushmore, King’s, Benbulben and Benwiskin.

Canter along the beach with Island View Riding Stables - Toying with the idea of picking up the reins yourself? Driving is a wonderful sport suitable for all ages. Instruction involves all aspects of driving: knowledge of horsemanship, harness and vehicle safety. You will learn to get an independent seat in the vehicle, the use of voice, whip, hands and reins, and develop spatial awareness and clear intent in steering. You will be taught all the important aspects of road safety.

Visit the site of the Spanish Armada Shipwrecks at Streedagh Beach - This linear coastal route takes the walker along a narrow strip of Atlantic coastline and provides access to various rocks embedded with fossils as well as the famous Spanish Armada shipwreck site.
Private Beach at Coney Island - Take a water taxi to Coney Island with Sligo Boat Charters and get up close and personal with the metal man on your way. It is said he is the only man in Sligo never to have told a lie! The island is approximately 400 acres and is so named because of the vast quantity of rabbits which can be spotted on the island at any time. It is said Coney Island in New York is named after its Sligo counterpart. Take a picnic and explore the secluded private beach. Or call into the local pub for a taste of island life. The owner and his family have lived on the island since the 1700s.

Catch 'n Cook WIth Sligo Boat Charters - Hop on board with Sligo Boat Charters for a full day, half day or evening trip to track down and catch your dinner! Trips depart Rosses Point. The skipper will take you out to the local fishing grounds where you will catch some fresh fish to either have cooked for you at the nearby restaurant of Austies in Rosses Point. You can get up close to the seal colonies and watch them duck and dive as they paddle towards the boat.

Surf & SUP along Sligo's rivers and beaches - Perfect Day Surf School, Strandhill; Stand up Paddle boarding is the fastest growing water sport in the world. Here at Perfect Day we offer, Flatwater paddle lessons, Exposed water paddle lessons, Coastal exploration, River and Lake tours.

The Beach Bar - Enjoy a Steaming Seafood Chowder with a Pint of Guinness. This old world traditional thatched Irish pub sits peacefully on the unspoiled Aughris beach in Sligo bay, with the Atlantic waves rolling in outside the front door and the Ox mountains overlooking behind. The majestic peaks of Knocknarea and Benbulben compete for your attention to the east. Ten steps from the front door and your toes are in the Atlantic!

Secret Gardens of Sligo - Many of Sligo’s Secret Gardens have seaside locations with breathtaking views. Collection of private gardens open to the public from May to September. Admission by voluntary donation, all proceeds go to charity. All gardens are happy to welcome visitors outside of advertised visiting times by arrangement. The owners of some gardens may provide light refreshments and plants for sale.

Breeogue Pottery Studio and Gallery - Breeogue Pottery is nestled in beautiful landscape, between Knocknarea mountain and the shores of Ballisodare Bay. The megalithic site of Carrowmore, one of the oldest in Europe is close by. Here in a converted 18th Century stone building, potter Grainne produces a high-fired stoneware table-top range and also contemporary lighting. She applies various layers of different coloured glazes over her simple and uncomplicated vessels. In the final firing (1280 ’C), the glazes react with each other, resulting in exciting swirling patterns, reminiscent of images found in nature.
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