Information Sligo Ireland

Welcome To Sligo!

Sligo's name - 'the Place of Shells' comes from the fact that there was an abundance of shellfish found at the river and estuary - the river was also called the Sligeach (now called the Garavogue River).

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The county of Sligo is also known as Yeats County. The famous poet William Butler Yeats is buried at the Drumcliffe Churchyard, under the loaf-shaped Benbulben Mountain. The place is also considered to be the main source of inspiration by the poet, because it has beautiful sceneries and long coastlines.

Located in the west coast province of Connacht, Sligo actually translates to “the place of shells,” as the prehistoric people of the town is known for their huge appetite for the crustacean shellfish. Archaeologists and historians found the remains of shellfish buried all over Sligo. It is the largest town in the northwest of Ireland, and its history can be traced back to as far as 6,000 years ago.

Sligo is popular for its rich Irish history, heritage, folklore, and mythology. Almost every stone and hill in the county has its own and unique story to tell.

The magnificent mountains, winding rivers, and uneven coastline make Sligo popular among tourists and backpackers. As a striking contrast to the rugged uplands and terrains of the county, the lakes around Sligo are well-known for their very still waters and marshlands. The summit of Knocknarae is known for its imposing Neolithic cairn and is also identified by the locals as Queen Maeve’s grave. In neighboring Carrowmore, visitors will find the largest megalithic cemetery in Ireland.

The county’s scenic coast has some excellent surfing beaches like Strandhill, Rosses Point, and Enniscrone. The Lissadell House is a good family attraction with a very beautiful beach nearby. It is once the home of Countess Markievicz. Golf courses are also found in the county. Other activities for tourists include horse riding, cycling, fishing, and other water sports.

When you are in Sligo, you can find a refuge in its small hotels, self-catering accommodation options, and bed and breakfasts.

General information Sligo

Sligo(from the Irish Sligeach meaning "shelly place") is a county in the north east of Ireland.

The megalithic cemetery of Carrowmore is located in County Sligo and forms part of a huge complex of Stone Age remains connecting Carrowkeel in South Sligo to the Ox Mountains, to the Cuil Irra Peninsula. Queen Maeve's tomb dominates the skyline of the peninsula from the crest of Knocknarea Mountain.

The poet and Nobel laureate William Butler Yeats spent much of his childhood in northern Sligo and the county inspired much of his poetry. Yeats said, "the place that has really influenced my life most is Sligo" and he is buried in North the north of the county, "Under Ben Bulben", in Drumcliffe.

County Sligo has a rich and long history of traditional music. The county has several traditional music festivals, including the Queen Maeve International Summer School, a traditional Irish Music summer school of music and dance, held annually in August in Sligo Town.

Accommodation in Sligo

Bed & Breakfast, Guest Houses, Hostels, Hotels and Farm Houses are some of the possible options for your stay in Sligo. The county provides a range of accommodation to suit any budget.

Hotels in Sligo

The hotels of Sligo provide visitor to the county with modern, convenient accommodation to allow them to rest after a day of exploring Irelandís history and countryside. Hotels include the Radisson Blu in Ballincar near Sligo Town and Murphys in Tubbercurry.

Bed & Breakfast in Sligo

Bed & breakfast accommodation in Sligo combine comfortable and affordable accommodation with a deliciously cooked breakfast to suit your budget. B&B in Sligo include names such as The Cruiscin Lan in Sligo Town and Tara Farmhouse in Enniscrone.

Sligo Restaurants

Sligo restaurants serve good hearty Irish meals as well as tasty international cuisine to suit all tastes and wallets. Popular restaurants in Sligo include Cesares Restaurant in Sligo Town and Castle Dargan in Collooney.

Shopping in Sligo

Sligo Town is the biggest shopping centre in the North West Ireland. The many original and traditional shop facades combine with bustling new shopping centre developments. The smaller towns around the county will provide a quaint and endearing side of country shopping with a more relaxed, personal service.

Sligo Car Rental

Car rentals in Sligo allow you to set your own course in a vehicle to suit your needs and budget. Some of prime car rentals in Sligo include Sligo City Car Hire, Sligo Airport Car Hire, Ballincar Car Hire and Inniscrone Car Hire.

Sligo Golf

Sligo has a number of top quality links golf courses including Enniscrone, Strandhill and Rosses Point Golf Clubs, with Castle Dargan offering excellent parkland golf.

Attractions Sligo Ireland

Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery - Sligo

4Km from Sligo. This is the largest cemetery of megalithic tombs in Ireland and is also among the country's oldest. Over 60 tombs have been located by archaeologists - the oldest pre-date Newgrange by some 700 years. A restored cottage houses a small exhibition relating to the site.

Culkin's Emigration Museum - Dromore West

Cannaghanally, Dromore West, relives a poignant era when emigration was the only hope for a better life and when families were scattered all over the world. The museum brings back to life this landmark, in a purpose built modern museum, with a host of fascinating artifacts and features, such as the original shop it self, now restored and housed within the building.

Drumcliffe Village - Drumcliffe

Drumcliffe is the final resting place of W. B. Yeats, one of Ireland's greatest writers. When visiting Drumcliffe, take the opportunity to view the film animation 'Saint Columba and Drumcliffe' and discover Drumcliffe as an important sixth century Christian site.

Lisadell House - Drumcliffe

The Gore Booths have lived near Drumcliffe since the time of Elizabeth I and the present house, built by Sir Robert Gore Booth in 1830s is still their home. Lisadell holds the legacy of generations of colourful Gore Boths including pictures and artifacts collected by Sir Robert on the Grand Tour. Lisadell is a fine but austere example of Greek Revival architecture and as a lot of the house was last refurbished 100 years ago visitors can expect an atmosphere of faded grandeur.

Sligo Abbey - Abbey Street, Sligo Town - Sligo

Known locally as the Abbey, this Dominican Friary was founded in the mid-13th century by Maurice FitzGerald. The site contains a great wealth of carvings including Gothic and Renaissance tomb sculpture, well preserved cloisters and the only sculptured 15th century high altar to survive in any Irish monastic church. This enigmatic Friary will inspire and enlighten its visitors.

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