Sligo – Great Things to Do & Places to See

Sligo – Great things to do and places to eat and drink 

Being a Sligo man myself and having Emma Brennan who is part of the daveynutrition team also being from Sligo we may be slightly biased on how great we think Sligo is! There is so much beautiful scenery, activities, beaches, places to eat and the people are extremely welcoming in ‘the land of heart’s desire’. I have brought friends from all over the world to Sligo over the years and seeing their faces as you show them around the small but enchanting county never gets old. This is by no means all you can do, or places you can go but it certainly is a good start! Keep reading to discover Sligo – great places to see and things to do!

Sligo – great places to see and things to do 

Quarryfield farm

Visit my cousin Kellys amazing animal farm and meet, their 2 friendly dogs Bob and Marley as well as meeting their amusing alpacas We offer: Self-catering accommodation Language holidays and Alpaca walks.

Great places to see, climb and hike

Knocknashee – ‘The Hill of the Fairies’ 45 minute walk to get up and down, incredible views of all around Sligo from the top. 

Climb Queen Maeve Trail – Knocknarea – Situated just outside Strandhill, why not pop down to Mammy Johnston’s for a delicious icecream afterwards?

Mullaghmore Head


Table-top mountain – a great place to hike and experience incredible views across the county and towards Donegal

Picture: Benbulben Mountain

Keash Hill Trail

‘Keshcorran Mountain is capped by a large un-opened cairn, known as the pinnacle, which can be seen from many parts of Co. Sligo. Seventeen caves are located on the western side of the mountain. The hill and it’s surroundings feature in a number of legendary tales including a story that tells of the birth of Cormac Mac Art. Cormac Mac Art was the most famous of the legendary kings of Ireland and was born at a well beneath the caves’ Taken from –

Picture: The Caves of Keash

Glencar Lake & Waterfall – an extremely breathtaking part of the Sligo, both the waterfall and lake are absolutely stunning. A perfect spot for a picnic and a stroll.

Great activities & things to do

  1. Surf Strandhill – catch a wave in Strandhill. This area is renowned for surfing and spectacular sand dunes!
  2. Eagles Flying – a day out for all the family. Witness raptures and owls in the largest sanctuary in Ireland!
  3. Visit WB Yeats Grave in Drumcliffe – check out the beautiful church here too and grab a delicious lunch or coffee and treat in Drumcliffe Tea House.
  4. Go for a seaweed bath in Strandhill or Enniscrone
  5. Visit Coney Island when the tide is out! Text ‘CONEY’ to 51155 to check safe crossing times.
  6. Drive or walk the spectacular Gleniff Horseshoe

Picture: W.B Yeat’s Grave in Drumcliffe

Great places to eat and drink 

Kates Kitchen

Pudding Row

Shells Cafe Strandhill


Coach Lane Restaurant & Donaghy’s Bar 

Bistro Bianconi

Stoked Strandhill

The Little Cottage Cafe

Eala Bhan

Lyons Cafe

Rugantino Sligo

Sweet Beat Sligo

The Driftwood

Picture: Benbulben in the distance

Great beaches to walk, run, swim or surf

  1. Strandhill – not suitable for swimming but as mentioned, a superb surf spot!
  2. Rosses Point
  3. Enniscrone
  4. Streedagh – swim and surf on this beautiful beach 
  5. Mullaghmore
  6. Lissadell
  7. Dunmoran Strand  

Picture: The Gleniff Horseshoe