Our most recommended things to do in Sligo

From Killybegs: Sliabh Liag Cliffs Coastal Boat Tour

From Killybegs: Sliabh Liag Cliffs Coastal Boat Tour

Board a well-outfitted vessel with capacity for 97 people at the new Killybegs Marina. Marvel at the passing super trawlers as you sail out through Killybegs Harbor. Check out the two lighthouses stationed at the harbor's mouth which are over 170 years old. Pass Drumanoo Head, once the loading point for passengers boarding the Lusitania before making the long journey to the USA. From there, head by Fintra's blue flag beach, the island of Inisduff, and Muckross Head, a popular spot for rock climbing with its dramatic rocky overhangs. Hug the coastline until you reach Carrigan Head with its characteristic Napoleonic tower. As circle the tower, catch your first glimpse of the amazing Sliabh Liag Cliffs, standing at 601 meters above sea level. Travel along the cliffs before turning back. Take in views of the vast Donegal Bay, which affords views of four different counties at once. Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife, including various species of birds, dolphins, tuna, and whales.

Best of Ireland 6-Day Backpackers Economy Tour

Best of Ireland 6-Day Backpackers Economy Tour

Discover the highlights of Ireland’s 4 corners, including all the sights of Northern Ireland. Enjoy a night at a traditional Irish pub, plenty of opportunities to dance the night away, hikes through bogs and castle ruins, and much more.  Day 1: Dublin - Belfast Visit Belfast and discover Titanic Belfast and the historic downtown quarter. Spend the night in Belfast. Day 2: Belfast - Derry Explore the Antrim Coast with visits to Dunluce Castle and Giants Causeway and photo opportunities at the Dark Hedges and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Enjoy a historic walking tour in Derry. Spend the night in Derry. Day 3: Derry - Galway Depart Northern Ireland and road trip along the Wild Atlantic Way to Galway. Stop in surfing hotspot Strandhill for lunch and enjoy a walk on the beach. Enjoy a free walking tour in Galway. Spend the night in Galway. Day 4: Galway - Dingle Head to Annascaul via the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren. Spend the night in Annascaul on the Dingle peninsula. Day 5: Dingle - Killarney Enjoy a full day of touring on the Dingle Peninsula, one of Europe’s most spectacular road trips. Spend the night in Killarney. Day 6: Killarney - Dublin Depart Killarney for Dublin. Enjoy a tour of the Killarney National Park and a visit to Blarney Castle in Cork. The tour ends in Dublin by the early evening.

Northern Ireland 3-Day Tour from Dublin

Northern Ireland 3-Day Tour from Dublin

Explore some of North Ireland's highlights on a budget 3-day tour from Dublin. Visit Belfast and see some of the city's most important sights. Marvel at the Giant's Causeway, discover Dunluce Castle, take a walking tour of Derry, and more. Day 1: Dublin - Belfast city (overnight Belfast) Choose from one of two central Dublin collection locations and you'll be on your way. Your first stop this morning is at Monasterboice, a monastic settlement dating back to 501 AD. By late morning you'll arrive in Belfast. Discover why Lonely Planet regards Northern Ireland's capital as one of the top 10 'must-visit' cities on Earth. Your driver will show you highlights including City Hall, Queen's University, Albert's Clock, Botanic Gardens, and much more.  With plenty of time at leisure to explore the city, the political “Black Taxi” tour (optional) is strongly recommended to view the Peace Wall and infamous political murals. The drivers are locals and can explain what life was like in Belfast during the conflict of 1969-1998. This evening you'll stay downtown, in a most lively area with great pubs and restaurants catering to all tastes and budgets. Live music venues are plentiful, and Belfast is well known for its great nightlife. Day 2: Belfast - Giants Causeway - Dunluce Castle - Derry A glorious touring day cruising the beautiful North Coast. You will initially visit the Dark Hedges, famed by Game of Thrones. Then it's the jackpot visit of the day: the Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Trace the footprints of Celtic giants as you walk the Giant's Causeway, the proud location of an estimated 60,000 hexagonal columns of basalt rock formed by cataclysmic violent volcanic eruptions a long, long time ago. Listen to your guide wax lyrical about the giant warrior-hero Fionn McCool. Afterward, explore the amazing Dunluce Castle ruins with paid entrance. You'll continue to the nearby city of Derry where you'll spend the afternoon. There will be plenty of time at leisure after an excellent in-depth walking tour of Derry's walls with a local guide. Learn why the city is officially known as Londonderry and the story of the long bloody siege here in 1689. Head down to the well-known Bogside district, the scene of the Bloody Sunday massacre in 1972, and the inspiration for U2's classic anthem 'Sunday, Bloody Sunday'. Overnight in Derry. Day 3: Derry - Sligo - Galway - Dublin After breakfast this morning, you'll head down a portion of the west coast's Wild Atlantic Way in the Republic of Ireland. Further along the road lies Ireland's premier surf venue and beach at Strandhill, Co. Sligo, and you will have some leisure time here for lunch. Perhaps enjoy a walk on the amazing surfing beaches and check out The Strand Bar. Your final stop before returning to Dublin is Galway where you have free time to explore. Perhaps you might like to visit some wonderful local seafood eateries, or try a pint in one of the fantastic pubs. You then take a scenic drive back to Dublin, arriving back at approx. 7:00 PM.

Surf Lessons in Co. Sligo, on The Wild Atlantic Way

Surf Lessons in Co. Sligo, on The Wild Atlantic Way

We provide beginner and intermediate Surf lessons for ages 8 and up. All equipment is included at no extra cost, all you will need to bring along is a towel and swimwear. All Surf Lessons are guided by our Fully qualified Irish Surf Association Surf Instructors. Surf lessons last 2.5 hours in total and there are showers and changing rooms on site for use before and after your Surf Lesson. On arrival you will be greeted by a member of our team who will check you in. Once the group is together, a member of our team will give everyone a quick introduction to our location, our team and how the duration of the activity will go. You will be given a wetsuit and a pair of surf boots and shown to the changing area. Once the group is ready to go, you will be taken to the most ideal part of the beach where the lesson will take place. (Don't worry, our instructors carry your boards to the beach, so you can save your strength for surfing) On the beach you will be given your Surfboard and we start our 15 minute introduction to surfing on the sand. Here we will learn the basics of Surfing before hitting the water. When we hit the water, you will be guided by our fully qualified Surf Instructors. Throughout the Lesson our instructors will give you valuable tips and encouragement to make sure you get the most out of your Surf Lesson. We understand that surfing is different for everyone, so we encourage our clients to take the lesson at their own pace, nothing is expected of you, but we do our best to make sure you are leaving the beach with a smile on your face. When the Lesson is finished, we return to our location on the beach front where you have access to our showers and changing facilities. When you are finished, we recommend checking out some of the local cafes, restaurants and bars, where you will find some amazing food and drinks with a cool and relaxed vibe.

From Dublin: 3-Day Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way Tour

From Dublin: 3-Day Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way Tour

Depart Dublin and journey back to the 11th century with a visit to Ireland’s second Cistercian Abbey. Now in ruins, Bective Abbey is a maze of dead-end passageways and staircases to nowhere. Let your imagination take you back to when this abbey was built and imagine what daily life might have been like. Next, it’s off to Trim. Sitting snuggly along River Boyne, the town is home to Trim Castle, the largest Norman castle in Ireland. Feel free to explore the castle as well as the town at this stop before heading to Cavan for lunch. Continue across the border into Northern Ireland to the island town of Enniskillen, where you can spend time exploring the cozy pubs and the castle, or simply stroll the charming streets at your own pace. Finally, travel back across the border and enjoy the beautiful scenery of County Donegal as you drive to Donegal Town, your base for the next two nights. After a night's rest, your first stop on day two is Slieve League Cliffs along the Wild Atlantic Way. These dramatic sea cliffs are the second highest in Ireland and three times the height of the Cliffs of Moher. Keep your cameras ready for the drive with its breathtaking coastal views. Journey through the stunning and windy Glengesh Pass, passing by mountains and steep valleys that will make you feel small, in the best way possible. After a quick photo stop here, it’s time to head to Leo’s Tavern for lunch. This pub is a popular local watering hole and many famous artists have performed here, including Clannad, Moya Brennan, and Enya. The day's final stop is a trip to the Glenveagh National Park Visitor Center. This national park lies in the heart of County Donegal and is home to protected wildlife in several pristine habitats. Explore the center before returning to your accommodation. Your first stop on the final day is Mullaghmore Beach, walk along the beach and capture photos of the sandy shores. Carry on to the coastal seaport of Sligo for lunch and a little exploration. This town is full of history, from its literary heritage that can be seen at the Sligo County Museum, to the medieval ruin of Sligo Abbey. After lunch, enjoy a relaxing drive through the heart of Ireland as you make your way to Belvedere House and Gardens. This hunting lodge was built in 1740 and you will have time to soak up the dramatic architecture, the Victorian walled garden, and the surrounding forest. After an eventful and informative few days head back to Dublin with cherished memories and plenty of pictures to look back on.

Ireland's North Atlantic Coast 5-Day Tour from Dublin

Ireland's North Atlantic Coast 5-Day Tour from Dublin

Day 1: From Dublin, journey north to Belfast, known for its industrial history and tumultuous past. Explore the city's highlights on a short tour covering its triumphs, tragedies, and essence. Afterwards, enjoy lunch and discover the Titanic Quarter, where the famous ship was constructed in 1911. Explore the Titanic museum, board the HMS Caroline, or take a black cab tour. Leaving Belfast, marvel at the breathtaking scenery of the Antrim Coast and Glens, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Continue along winding roads to reach the awe-inspiring Giant's Causeway, where history and myth collide amidst stunning geological formations. Conclude the day in Portrush, a picturesque fishing village where you'll spend the night. Day 2: Go to the walled city of Derry, designated a UK City of Culture in 2013. Enjoy some free time to explore the old city center, and visit one of the many museums or galleries. Then cross the border to the Republic of Ireland, traveling into one of the most remote and unspoilt areas of the country. Explore County Donegal’s dramatic scenery and Gaelic culture. Pass through Glenveagh National Park and the Errigal Mountains, before following the coast through traditional fishing villages. Stop for nature walks along the way, and soak up the local culture before checking into your overnight accommodation in Donegal. Day 3: In the morning, head south along the coast near Donegal into County Sligo, known for its stunning views of the majestic Benbulben mountain. Just outside Sligo Town lies Carrowmore, home to the largest collection of megalithic tombs in Ireland, some dating back over 6000 years. Continuing westward into County Mayo, a region marked by the Great Potato Famine, you'll navigate winding roads through picturesque farmlands, bogs, and open moors, with glimpses of distant hills and the Atlantic coast. Stop at Achill Island to soak in its rugged sea views and tranquil beauty before a short drive to Westport, your base for the next two nights.. Day 4: Today’s itinerary is weather dependent, and your guide will advise the best things to see. Explore the beautiful house and grounds of Kylemore Abbey, or marvel at the wilderness of Connemara National Park. Go to Clifden to see where the first transatlantic flight landed. Other options include the scenic Sky Road and 12 Bens of Connemara. Return to Westport for an evening at leisure, and the chance to sample some local seafood in one of the many excellent restaurants. Day 5: Enjoy a leisurely start to the day, before leaving Westport and going inland through the heart of Connemara. Visit the village of Cong on the shore of Lough Corrib to see where the classic movie “The Quiet Man” was filmed. Explore Cong Abbey, or the Quiet Man Museum, before driving through the Maam Valley to Galway City. Enjoy free time sampling the town's seafood before heading to Kilbeggan Distillery, Ireland's oldest licensed distillery, for a tasting and museum visit. Return to Dublin.

Sligo Walking Tour: Highlights and Macabre Dark Tales Tour

Sligo Walking Tour: Highlights and Macabre Dark Tales Tour

The tour starts on the Riverside in Sligo Town and finishes in the town centre close to the main street O'Connell Street. Embark on a historic journey through the captivating town of Sligo, immersing yourself in its rich dark history with our guided tour. The adventure begins along the Riverside Promenade, a charming pathway that hugs the banks of the Garavogue River. As you stroll, view the Calry Church and Glebe House, the old fishing boats, and witness the picturesque views that set the stage for your exploration. Our journey through time takes a thrilling turn as we visit the Old Sligo Jail, a hauntingly beautiful structure that echoes with tales of the past. Hear gripping stories of the jail's notorious inmates and the events that unfolded within its walls. Continue your voyage into Sligo's storied past with a view of Sligo Abbey, a medieval marvel that exudes an air of mystery and spirituality. These atmospheric ruins are where the whispers of centuries past seem to linger. As we traverse the narrow streets and lanes of Sligo town, view the mix of quaint vernacular townhouses and classical nineteenth-century architectural buildings. Absorb the vibrant energy of the bustling urban centre as the Guide highlights Irish pubs where traditional music can be heard. Take in the gothic architecture of Sligo Courthouse, a majestic structure that echoes the town's crime and punishment history. The Lady of Erin Statue stands as a beacon, a symbol of independence and resilience. Take a moment to reflect and capture the essence of this iconic monument before moving on to St John's Church and Graveyard. Here, history comes alive as you explore the final resting place of Sligo's notable figures. A highlight of the tour awaits at the W.B. Yeats Statue, paying homage to the renowned poet who found inspiration in the landscapes of Sligo. Feel the artistic spirit that permeates the air as you stand in the presence of this literary giant. Our guided tour of Sligo town promises a seamless blend of history, and culture, ensuring an unforgettable experience for every traveller seeking to unravel the layers of this captivating destination.

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The boat tour to see the cliffs was wonderful and great value for money because we also got to see lots of dolphins right next to the boat. Seeing the cliffs from the water gave us a different perspective of their magnificence! It was a very convenient & short walk from where the cruise ship docked to the marina. We are so glad we took this tour. Highly recommended!

Our driver, Steve, was exceptional. Saw everything I wanted and more. Felt safe, entertained, and informed. Steve made the tour fun with his genuine enthusiasm and care.

This was an excellent tour. The guides were friendly and Informative The oat ride was everything I expected and more. I do wish the outdoor seats were spaced out a bit.

The experience was magical. I appreciated the offering of drinks and sunscreen.

We had an exhilarating cruise on a very windy day...wonderful.