County Sligo is a coastal county in the western part of Ireland. It is part of the Connacht province in the Borders region, which is in the northwestern half of Ireland. Sligo is the county seat, while Tubbercurry, Strandhill, Ballymote, and Collooney make up the remaining large towns. County Sligo is bordered by counties Leitrim, Mayo, and Roscommon, and the Atlantic Ocean to the north.
Sligo is one of the towns that make up the tourism campaign Wild Atlantic Way; this was successfully launched in 2014 to bring awareness to the western coastal regions of Ireland and increase tourism numbers in the region.
Budget accommodation, like hostels, in the region Sligo is concentrated in the town of Sligo; there are several high-ranking hostels within walking distance of the city centre and train station. For a more upscale or authentic Irish experience, consider a guesthouse or b&b in one of the smaller villages. For travellers interested in surfing or other water-based activities, there are hostels and other accommodation on the coastal side of the county that offer surf lessons as well as close proximity to hiking and outdoor explorations.
Sligo is actually quite a large town, so there’s plenty to do once you have your hostel sorted. Explore the thriving old city: from local bookshops to cafes and bars, from galleries and museums to farm parks and golf courses. Sligo is one of the larger cities on the western side of Ireland and it shows in the booming culture.
There is also quite a bit of history in Sligo. The poet WB Yeats was inspired by the county; travellers can visit his grave in Drumcliff and the museum of the Yeats Society in Sligo proper. For the visitor interested in prehistoric sites, there is Carrowmore and Carrowkeel megalithic cemeteries which include cairns, stone circles, and dolmens. Knocknarea Cairn is another intriguing site. It is reputedly the tomb of Queen Maeve and has never been excavated despite the legends and belief that the tomb could yield a wealth of archaeological importance. Climb to the top for panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and Benbulben.
With one of the most energetic towns in western Ireland, extensive hiking, great beaches, and important archaeological sites, Sligo ranks as one of the top destinations in Ireland. Whatever you choose to do here, you will enjoy it!
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