Saturday, October 2, 2010

Sligo for fun and relaxation

Things to see and do

There is a lot of things to do in Sligo such as surfing where surfers can take advantage of the pristine rollers at Strandhill, Easky, Enniscrone and Streedagh. Wind surfers and Kite surfers have endless hours of fun on windy days. Sligo offers great diving from Mullagmore Harbour where the wonders of marine life can be explored. There are lessons for all of these sports for anyone that would like to give it a go. You can also go on fantastic boat trips where you can go seal, dolphin and bird watching. Then of course there is big game angling where you can fish for giant bluefin tuna and shark. Fresh water fishing is also a great day out at Sligo’s lakes such as Loughs Gill, Arrow or Gara. Silgo also offers great walks in the woodlands, golfing, cycling and horse riding.

Music and art

Ceolaras Coleman for traditional Irish music, song and dance from the region. It has a theatre, a large audio-visual display depicting the traditional culture of the five counties. It has interactive touch-screen facilities to provide information on traditional music, instruments and a selection of music preformed by musicians from the region.

At Rulabula you can paint your own pottery you just choose your item and you can start to paint it, once it has been glazed & fired you can take your masterpiece home. For inspiration there are lots of stamps, stencils and idea books to choose your design and you can work away at your project.
Sligo Yacht Club is located in Rosses Point on the edge of Sligo Bay and is ideal for inshore racing in the country. The club has about 25 G.P.14's, Mirrors and Cruiser Class. The club also has a junior section as well as Sail Training Courses. run under the auspices of the Irish Sailing Association.


Based at Strandhill beach, Strandhill Surf School is an exciting place to learn to surf or improve your surfing skills. There are lessons everyday and the waves are consistant, great fun and experience for all ages. Group lessons are available for beginners instructed by a qualified instructor as well as lessons for kids, intermediate and private lessons.

Kite boarding

The Leitrim, Sligo and Donegal region have an incredible variety of large, sandy beaches. You have a choice of riding waves or flat water, and can ride in all wind directions. The region can be very windy, and make the region ideal for starting, improving or perfecting your kitesurfing skills.

Angling and boat trips

You can hire rods and tackles on board Ewings Sea Angling and Boat Charters, which are, fully licensed and Department of Marine compliant vessels. You can go out deep sea angling, reef fishing and shark fishing from August to October. If you prefer sight seeing and eco trips you can take a Coney Island taxis or Innismurray Island trips. Full day, half day and evening trips are available.
The MV Spirit is available for charter from Rosses Point, Co Sligo. There are One hour morning and evening trips around Sligo Bay and longer trips to Inishmurray and other islands. Seals, dolphins, basking sharks and porpoise can be sighted on these trips.


Castle Dargan Golf Hotel and Wellness is a luxurious, four star, resort hotel, its only a few minutes drive from Sligo town.

Radisson SAS Hotel and Spa
Is just a five minutes drive from Sligo city centre, the hotel offers the Benwiskin Bar, Classiebawn Restaurant and Healthstyles Leisure Club offering superb facilities and a fantastic solas spa and wellness centre. The Hotel has one hundred and thirty two luxurious bedrooms, offering free WI - FI, twenty four hour room service, minibar and more. There is also a leisure club with pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, gym and outdoor hot tub.

Clarion Hotel Sligo
The Sligo Hotel over looks the majestic Benbulben Mountain a 4 star hotel which is about 15-20 minutes’ walk from the town centre. You can relax in the Sanovitae Health & Leisure Centre which incorporates a 20m swimming pool, gym, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. The Spa offers a wide range of facial and body treatments.


Tobergal Lane Café is in the centre of Sligo where you can enjoy fresh bread, real butter croissants, French patisserie and scones including gluten free delights. Or you can enjoy a cappuccino made using carefully sourced coffee beans, or for a glass of beer brewed in Carlow and Roscommon. They offer three-course menus you can choose from French, Italian, Polish, Czech and Traditional Irish.

Over looking the Strandhill Golf Club and the Atlantic Ocean is The Venue restaurant, you can enjoy their extensive A la Carte menu which includes Lissadell mussels, crab claws, chowder and prawns. Non seafood dishes are also available such as steak, pasta and chicken dishes..

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