North Sligo Wild Atlantic Way Activities

Summer season is upon us! With the kids out of school and tourists flocking to our Emerald Isle there are so many things to do and see in Sligo. We’ve put together just a taster of the activities and places to visit along the Wild Atlantic Way in Sligo.

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The grand historic Lissadell House is an example of Georgian House and has strong connections to the poet WB Yeats and Constance Markievicz, a key leader in the 1916 Easter Rising. With carefully tended private gardens, this expertly restored home offers tours, tea rooms and exhibitions to their visitors. Situated in stunning grounds, Lissadell House also sits atop the peaceful beach of the same name, where locals and tourists take advantage of the scenery and gentle waves all year round. With WB Yeats’ grave nearby, along with the Drumcliffe Tea House this area is a poetry lover’s dream.

Carrowmore Cemetary offers the chance to explore the megalithic past of Sligo.  This is the largest cemetery of megalithic tombs in Ireland and is also among the country’s oldest, with monuments ranging from five and a half thousand to six and a half thousand years old. Archaeologists have recorded over 60 tombs of which 30 are visible. A restored cottage houses an exhibition relating to the site. Visitors to the site have the chance to walk the site and visit the indoor exhibition area. The centre open to visitors from 3rd April to the 8th October 2014, daily 10.00 – 18.00.


Mullaghmore is full of great fishing and sailing opportunities, but you may not know that Scuba Diving is also on offer. At Off Shore Watersports in Mullaghmore taster sessions are offered to beginners in a pool or the ocean. It’s the perfect way to discover unknown worlds, make new friends, and enjoy a unique passion. There’s nothing like it. Scuba Diving is much easier than you might think! Be ready to enjoy a new challenge and dive into a new underwater world! A competent, professionally trained PADI Divemaster will teach you everything you need to know. Under his guidance you will learn all required skills and become completely comfortable with the equipment you’re using during your first underwater adventure.

SUP For All is adventure packed activity is a great way for the whole family (and even pets!) to explore the waterways of Sligo, with expert guides and tutors. Stand Up Paddle boarding is less weather dependant than other water sports as there is no requirements for waves and can be enjoyed by novices and experts alike. This activity is the ideal way to take in the great Sligo scenery along our part of the Wild Atlantic Way.

Seatrails walks are another unique way to explore the Sligo coastal landscape. Guide Auriel Robinson hikes with visitors around many locations in Sligo – from the Inishmuray Island Walk to the Streedagh Spanish Armada Walk. Guided through these walks, you’ll also have the chance to hear the local histories and legends surrounding the areas from anywhere between a few hours, half days or full days. This is a great activity that can be tailored to any age, fitness level or area of interest.


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