Sligo places to visit

Benbulben, Co. Sligo on the Wild Atlantic Way Route

Discover the best places to visit in Sligo

Sitting in the midst of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, Sligo is an awe-inspiring county boasting sweeping landscapes and magical natural wonders that would stir feelings of joy in just about anybody. In fact, Sligo was even given the nickname ‘Yeats country’ as so many local areas inspired the famous poet’s works.

So, if you’re ready to feel the sand between your toes, the fresh waves of the Atlantic ocean and the welcoming charm of the locals, base yourself in Clayton Hotel Sligo and prepare to spend an adventurous 48 hours in Sligo. 

Places to visit in one weekend in Sligo

Day 1 in Sligo

Breakfast in Shells Cafe, Strandhill

15-minute drive from the hotel

Start out your first day in Sligo with a quick drive from the hotel to the charming seaside village of Strandhill and breakfast in Shells Cafe – a lifestyle store and cafe sitting along the Strandhill coastline. Specialising in the simple things in life like great customer service and even better homemade food, this cafe is the perfect spot to grab an avocado toast or good old sausage sambo before you immerse yourself in Ireland’s very own slice of surfers paradise. Make sure to enjoy a relaxing walk along the coast before diving into your next activity!

Dust off the cobwebs with Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP), Strandhill beach

15-minute drive from the hotel

Less than a minutes walk from Shells Cafe is Strandhill beach – argued by many surf and watersports enthusiasts to be one of the best places to try your hand at watersports in Sligo. So if you’re chasing an adrenaline rush or can’t think of anything better than spending an early afternoon in the North Atlantic, then make sure to check out the surf lessons or the stand-up paddleboard classes! Both are suitable for complete beginners or those looking to brush up on their skills.

Take a quick trip to Coney Island

Once you’ve made it back to solid ground, take some time to relax before you venture to Coney Island, which got its name from the number of rabbits that inhabit it! While you can make your way there on foot at low tide, it’s recommended to have good quality waterproof gear on to ensure a smooth journey. When the tide is high, there are boat trips in Sligo and of course, Strandhill which will take you to the island. While there, make sure to grab a pint of drink in McGowans – the only pub on the island.

Grab lunch at Strandhill People’s Market, Strandhill town

15-minute drive from the hotel

After a morning and afternoon packed with adventure, it’s probably safe to presume that you’re ready to chow down on some local favourites for lunch. And for that, there’s really no better place than Strandhill People’s Market! Located just a short walk from the beach, the market specialises in local crafts and delicious food – think baked treats, delicious sandwiches and a plethora of European and Asian cuisines.

It’s important to note that the market only runs on a Sunday however there are plenty of other options for lunch if you happen to be there any other day including Sweet Beat Cafe and The Strand Bar.

Back to Sligo town for a wander

5-minute drive from the hotel

With a full stomach in tow, it’s time to make your way back towards Sligo town for a relaxing wander around the charming streets. Choose to drop in and out of the endearing shops or drop into a local pub for a drink and a bite to eat to end your night. If you’re looking to experience a traditional trad session or live music – make sure to visit The Snug which is said to offer some of the best Guinness in the county!

Day 2 of visiting Sligo

Take a trip to Rosses Point

10-minute drive from the hotel

Begin your second day in Sligo with a delicious Clayton Vitality breakfast to kick start your day of adventure. Next up is a short trip to Rosses Point, a delightful seaside town that sits against a stunning backdrop of the famed Dartry mountain range and Sligo Bay. Once you’ve arrived take the time to stretch your legs on the Rosses Point loop walk – a short trail of 2km that will take you along the coastal paths of the town. Finish up your walk with a stroll along the beach where you’ll be sure to spot plenty of locals surfing, swimming or kitesurfing!

Lunch in the Little Cottage Café, Rosses Point

10-minute drive from the hotel

After relishing in the delightful scenery of this popular coastal town, it’s time to savour the delightful local produce in the (very) popular Little Cottage Cafe. We emphasise popular because you can expect to wait in line to eat at this cafe but the freshly made lunch options are more than worth it! If the weather permits, grab a seat outside to enjoy the views of Knocknarea and Sligo bay.

Visit Sligo Abbey

5-minute drive from the hotel

Make your way back to Sligo town to visit Sligo Abbey – a Dominican friary created by Maurice FitzGerald who just so happened to also be the founder of the town itself! Although it was accidentally burnt down in 1414 and underwent further damage in 1641 during the rebellion, the abbey is still home to an impressive collection of Gothic and Renaissance tomb sculptures which are well worth checking out!

Dinner and drinks in Sligo town

5-minute drive from the hotel

End your adventure-filled 48 hours in Sligo with dinner and drinks in one of Sligo towns popular restaurants. For a good old fashioned burger and chips, check out Flipside Sligo, for unique tapas using locally sourced ingredients, get a table at Knox, and for a modern take on traditional pub grub, visit Hargadons. If you’re looking to end your 48 hours in Sligo trying out dishes made using the finest ingredients in a relaxing atmosphere, spend your evening in Clayton Hotel Sligo’s Sinergie Restaurant.

Family dining at Clayton Hotel Sligo

After a day exploring Sligo, relax with a dip in our in-door heated pool. Spend the evening over a delicious meal in our bar & bistro before enjoying a comfortable night’s sleep in our special offers.

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