Sligo, located in the northwest of Ireland, is a county known for its rugged beauty, rich cultural heritage, and friendly locals. From the dramatic cliffs of the Sligo Way to the tranquil Lough Gill, Sligo offers visitors a chance to experience the best of what Ireland has to offer.
One of the top attractions in Sligo is the Sligo Way, a scenic driving route that takes in some of the county’s most stunning scenery. The route passes through small villages, along rugged coastline, and through the Yeats Country, the area where the famous Irish poet W.B Yeats was inspired to write some of his best-known works. Visitors can also take a walk along the Sligo Way and enjoy the natural beauty of the area.
Another must-see attraction in Sligo is the Lough Gill, a beautiful lake that is located just a short drive from the city of Sligo. The lake is known for its tranquil waters and beautiful scenery, and it’s a popular spot for fishing, boating, and hiking. Visitors can also take a boat trip to see the lake’s many islands, including the famous Innisfree Island which was also an inspiration for W.B Yeats poem.
For those interested in history, Sligo is home to a number of historical sites, including the Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, one of the largest and oldest megalithic cemetery in Ireland and the Creevykeel Court Tomb, a megalithic tomb dating back to the Neolithic period. The county also offers a number of castles and ruins, including the ruins of the medieval Sligo Abbey and the 16th century Castle of Markree.
Sligo Festivals & Events in 2023
The county is also home to a some unique festivals throughout the year, including:
- The Sligo Festival of Baroque Music (22nd to 24th September 2023)
- The Yeats International Summer School (July 27th – August 4th 2023)
- Wild Roots – an independent music festival with over 10,000 people on the shores of Lough Gill, Co. Sligo. This year British electronic group Rudimental will headline. (June 2nd – June 4th 2023)