Its’ always a curious thing this fascination with visiting famous people’s graves but most of us love to do it, W.B Yeats knew what he was doing when he picked Drumcliffe as his final resting place and it’s sure worth a visit.
2. DOWN A PINT ON CONEY ISLAND
Coney Island can be accessed by boat, or foot when the tide is out. The pint in McGowan’s pub is legendary and don’t worry about getting lost: it’s the only pub on the island.
3. ARISE AND GO … TO INNISFREE
Innisfree Island on Lough Gill is not accessible but there is a boat trip out to it from 17th Century Parke’s Castle or you can drive around the edge of the lake.
4. GET MEDIEVAL
Sligo has some of the best examples of megalithic and Neolithic tombs in the country – Carrowmore and Carrowkeel are two of the best.
5. CATCH A WAVE, DUDE
Sligo has a seriously cool surfing scene with the heart located at Strandhill and Enniscrone. Or head up towards Mullaghmore and watch how the big boys and girls do it (from the safety of your car parked on the headland).
6. GO STRANDHILL
Even if you are not into surfing you have to visit Strandhill; walk the beach, chow down at Shells, chill out in a seaweed bath at Voya, relax in front of the fire or take in a session at The Strand or lick an ice cream from Mammy Johnston’s.
7. VISIT QUEEN MAEVE
Hike up to visit Queen Maeve’s grave at the top of Knocknarea. Don’t forget that it’s bad luck to take a stone from the cairn but good luck if you bring one with you to place on it: just make sure it’s not too heavy.
8. WALK THIS WAY
There are countless beaches across the county for long, solitary walks but try to find some of the hidden gems, including Culleenamore, Streedagh and Dunmoran. Or try some of the countless woodland trails including breath-taking Hazelwood and Union Wood.
9. STEP BACK IN TIME
Sligo Folk Park in Riverstown provides a true experience of rural life and Irish heritage at the turn of the late 19th century. Dolly’s Cottage is also worth a visit: it is a 200-year old traditional, thatched cottage in Strandhill.
10. DRIVE THE HORSESHOE