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Sligo – Worlds Best Holiday Destination according to Vogue Magazine, Yes, Sligo has been chosen as the world’s best holiday destination, therefore pack your bags but don’t forget your jacket of course It’s Ireland!

 

A town fill packed with rich history of literature and plenty of activities, memorable sites and a nightlife of unforgettable experiences. Furthermore, is a perfect destination for families, romantic trips or even just a night or two out on the town.  Although the town is not heard of as often as Dublin or Galway it still has just as much to offer.

 

Scarlett Conlon, British Vogue Editor fell in love with the Yeats county choosing it as the “place to be” for a trip away. Amongst Conlon’s recommendations were the fishing-village town of Easkey, Strandhill were you can relax and forget all worries in a refreshing seaweed bath in the one and only Voya, or take a long walk and embrace the nature in Hazelwood Forest. However the list is endless of activities to do in Sligo. From surfing, horseback riding, climbing tours, golfing and cycling there’s something for everyone.

Attractions

Why not take a hike on Sligo’s well-known mountains or just embrace the outdoor attractions in particular:

Knocknarea

Is a large hill west of Sligo town in County SligoIreland. The 327-metre (1,073 ft) high limestone hill is visually striking as it is monolithic in appearance and stands in a prominent position on the Cúil Irra peninsul between the bays of Sligo and Ballysadare.

Benbulben

Is a large rock formation in County SligoIreland. It is part of the Dartry Mountains, in an area sometimes called “Yeats Country”.all

Coney Island 

Is the largest and the most famous of the three islands off the northern coast of the Coolera peninsula.

It lies in Sligo Bay between Rosses Point and Ben Bulben in the north, and Strandhill and Knocknarea to the south.

Rosses Point

Is a village in County SligoIreland and also the name of the surrounding peninsula.

Rosses Point is at the entrance to Sligo Harbour from Sligo Bay with Oyster island being the long thin landmass notable when entering the village from Sligo town and Inishmulclohy (or Coney Island) being the second and larger island that is encountered

just to name a few.

While out in the open make sure to also visit some of Sligo’s famous Landmarks and historic sites especially:

Sligo Abbey

Sligo Abbey is a ruined abbey in Sligo, Ireland, (officially called the Dominican Friary of Sligo) was originally built in 1253 by the order of Maurice Fitzgerald, Baron of Offaly. It was destroyed in 1414 by a fire, ravaged during the Nine Years’ Warin 1595 and once more in 1641 during the Ulster Uprising.

Lissadell House 

Lissadell is famous as the childhood home of Constance Markievicz, her sister Eva Gore-Booth and her brother Josslyn Gore-Booth.

Tobernalt Holy Well 

Tobernalt Holy Well is a place of reflection and nurturing serenity.

It predates the advent of Christianity to Ireland in the fifth century.

Yeats’s Grave

Found in the churchyard, his grave is marked with a simple headstone with the inscription,

“cast a cold eye on life, on death, horseman, pass by.”

This was Yeats’ self penned epitaph together with the instructions that the grave consist of “no marble, no conventional phrase”. The graveyard also contains a high cross and nearby is the site of a 6th Century Columbian monastery.

Tobernalt Holy Well

 

Creevykeel Court Tomb

This monument is situated at the foothills of Tievebaun Mountain, near the sea at Mullaghmore, and is one of the finest examples in Ireland of what is known as a full-court tomb.

Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery

Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery is one of the four major passage tomb complexes in Ireland. It is located at the geographical centre of the Cúil Irra peninsula in County Sligo and 3 km west of Sligo town.

This is one of the largest (in terms of number of monuments) complexes of megalithic tombs in Ireland and is also among the oldest used passage tombs, the earliest depositions approximately 3700 BC.

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Looking to quench that thirst of yours? Sligo has many relaxed and welcoming pubs not to mention the finest pints.

Call into these ones if you’re passing by:

(Conlon’s choice) Hargadon Bros
Lillies
Thomas Connolly Bar
The Railway Bar
McGarrigles
Shoot the Crows
Swagman
The Snug

Feeling hungry after all that fresh air? Don’t worry Sligo has plenty of restaurants to fix your cravings, here’s a few for instance:

Blind Tiger
Fabbrica
Hooked
Indulge
Bistro
Rugantino
Eala Bhan

Interior Hargadons, Sligo
Bistro

Next day hangover?

Take a visit to some of Sligo’s most relaxing and rejuvenating Spas:

Voya – Seaweed Baths and organic treatments are especially recommended for those who are over worked,stressed or simply seeking an effective natural detoxifying process for the skin. VOYA Seaweed baths,
based in the beautiful Irish coastal village of Strandhill, County Sligo, will delight and relax.

Sólás Spa – Raddison Blu Sligo – Indulge in a selection of relaxing, holistic spa treatments from soothing thermal suite to the dry flotation tank,their hotel spa facilities are designed to rejuvenate.

Essence Spa – Clayton Hotel Sligo – Enjoy a full body peppermint, sugar and coconut exfoliation followed by a lime and coconut oil body wrap, a soothing Indian head massage and eye contour treatment.

Icon Spa – Castle Dargan Sligo – Escape from it all with luxury Icon Spa retreats.

Oasis of tranquillity and secluded location will ensure that the hustle & bustle and stresses of everyday life are left at the entrance to the Estate grounds.

All packages include refreshments,complimentary use of robes, slippers and access to Hydro Spa Facilities.

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