Sligo is located in the northwest of Ireland, about forty miles from Enniskillen and the border with Northern Ireland, and 135 miles from Dublin. Once a major port city located at the mouth of the Garavogue River, the name Sligo means “Shelly River” in Gaelic. The city is the 12th largest city in Ireland and the 2nd largest in the West behind Galway. Nestledbetween majestic Benbulben mountain to the north, ancient Knocknarea mountain and the Atlantic Ocean to the west, beautiful Lough Gill to the east, and the rugged Ox Mountains to the south, Sligo is one of the most picturesque places in all of Ireland. It’s rugged landscapes rival those of tourist destinations like Killarney and Wicklow, but have gone largely un-noticed and therefore, provide the beauty without the crowds.
Sligo is more than just a pretty place. As one of the main cities of the West of Ireland, Sligo is host to a wide array of amenities:
- Local attractions
- Regional and International Business
- Cultural and artistic endeavors
- Historical sites
From clear lakes and rivers to dramatic mountains, Sligo is a place that will stimulate all of your senses, whatever the weather. Let the ancient sites, spectacular landscapes and rolling waves inspire you. The stories, trails and adventures will open your mind and invigorate your body. Let Sligo set your spirit free.
Despite its size it has a huge array of things to do and see, whether It is your first time or you’re a regular visitor. Activities range from the adventures of golf, riding, walking, cycling, surfing and fishing to the more passive pastimes of sightseeing, seaweed baths and wellness spas as well as the many cultural and spectator events.
Each season brings its own rewards and perspectives. Although the main season runs from May – September, there is still plenty to do and events taking place outside of these months. The Gulf Stream and Sligo’s location on the Atlantic coast means that the winter months can be milder than you would expect.
Sligo has numerous lovely places to eat:
Coach Lane: Wines are carefully selected to compliment the wonderfully prepared dishes while informative and polite staff are always on hand with helpful advise if required.
First time visitors can be sure of a memorable dining experience in one of Ireland’s leading restaurants as Coach Lane continues to set the standard 21 years on.
Eala Bhan: The food is classic with a contemporary twist and offers everything you could possibly want. All of the local seafood is hand-selected and artistically prepared to perfection. All of the steak cuts stand tall with the superb flavor of aged beef that is cooked to your liking. Produce is organic whenever possible, sourced from local suppliers and direct form local producers.