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Sligo Introduction

With few crowds and a stunning landscape of rugged mountains, serene lakes and the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean, Sligo is a picturesque escape. The glistening Garavogue River sweeps through the city and provides excellent fishing, while being an inspiring setting for fine cafes and restaurants where you can feast on fresh seafood or savoury curries while watching punters on the river. The coastline is a hotspot for adventure seekers and nature lovers, with thrilling water sports and gorgeous hikes.

Hotels in Sligo

From charming family-run inns and idyllic bed-and-breakfasts to modern hotels and spectacularly restored historic buildings, Sligo has a delightful array of accommodation for families, couples and business travellers alike. Start on the banks of Garavogue River for clean, modern hotels with in-house bars, restaurants and excellent river views. Head to the outskirts of town for cosy inns and lodges where you'll find gardens, delicious homey meals and rooms filled with hand-crafted furniture. For historic hotels and resorts on a grand scale, the seaside is your destination, with elegant rooms, spectacular ocean views and lavish spa treatments.

Where to stay

The heart of Sligo is set on the banks of the broad Garavogue River and boasts fine hotels with excellent in-house service for business travellers, as well as discount hotels with free parking and access to inspiring river walks. Luxury hotels in Sligo will be found along the river, as well as in the Left Bank and Abbey neighbourhoods. The Left Bank is a bustling neighbourhood that also has modest guesthouses close to live music venues. The Abbey is close to Sligo Abbey and is home to the Italian quarter, where you'll find hotels with private balconies and kitchenettes.

Things to see

Ireland may be the last place you think of as a surfing mecca, but the city of Sligo provides fabulous surfing on the white-crested waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Water lovers will also find excellent kitesurfing and paddle boarding in the invigorating surf. Landlubbers can head for the hills for meandering hiking trails with inspiring views up the nearby mountains of Knocknarea, Benbulben and Truskmore. Devotees of history and literature can visit the Yeats Memorial Building and Art Gallery to learn about the life and work of poet William B. Yeats, or the Lissadell House and Gardens to pay homage to Countess Markievicz, a revolutionary and tireless advocate of the poor. Remnants of Sligo's early history can be enjoyed by exploring Sligo Abbey, or taking a boat to nearby Coney Island to see the unique star-shaped forts, drink a beer in the island's only pub and keep watch for fairy rings.

How to get to Sligo

Visitors to Sligo can arrive by bus, car, train or plane. International flights arrive at Ireland West Airport Knock, about 140 km away, and you can take a domestic flight into Sligo Airport, located 25 km from town. If you fly into Dublin or Belfast you can easily catch a train to Sligo's Mac Diarmada Station. The most economical route is by bus, which you can catch in any major city. If you wish to travel by car, drive from Belfast, Galway, or Dublin and enjoy the beauties of the countryside as you travel at your leisure to Sligo.