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County Sligo

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.

Sligo is the administrative capital and largest town in the county. Sligo County Council is the local authority for the county. The population of the county was 70,198 at the 2022 census. It is noted for its beauty, especially Benbulben Mountain, one of Ireland's most distinctive natural landmarks.


Rosses Point Strandhill

With the seaside village of Rosses Point to the north and surfer's paradise Strandhill to the west, Sligo has a slew of excellent beaches just a short hop from town. And it’s not just the shoreline that’s worth exploring – you can also climb one of Sligo’s distinctive peaks.

Mullaghmore Head

Mullaghmore Head is a renowned surfing spot and is described as Ireland's ultimate big wave destination. Swim in the shimmering blue water or try a spot of windsurfing.

Explore the walking route along the coastline of Mullaghmore Head and after, stop by the small fishing village of Mullaghmore.

Gateway to the northwest

Nestled between 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!


Photo by Denver Saldanha on Unsplash

Atlantic Way

The Wild Atlantic Way, 1600 miles (2600 km) in length, is one of the longest defined coastal routes in the world. It winds its way all along the Irish west coast from the Inishowen Peninsula in the north down to the picturesque town of Kinsale, County Cork, in the south.

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"A slice of heaven along the Wild Atlantic Way"

Céad míle fáilte—a hundred thousand welcomes. The Emerald Isle’s warm hospitality, well of culture, and poetic natural beauty never fail to fill one’s heart. Indeed, the Nobel Prize-winning poet William Butler Yeats was so inspired by County Sligo that he called it “The Land of Heart’s Desire”.

Photo of Mullaghmore Head with Aurora
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