Events & Activities in Sligo
Sligo, capital of the northwest region, is a lovely, historic town on the banks of the Garavogue River and on the Wild Atlantic Way. The Glasshouse Hotel is right in the centre of the town, where all of the attractions, shopping and nightlife are within easy walking distance. The backdrop of towering Ben Bulben gives a dramatic setting surely unsurpassed by any other town in Ireland.
Heritage and culture are very much a part of Sligo and the strong connections with poet and author W.B. Yeats are very visible. This is Yeats Country after all. Sligo is a lively town with an excellent calendar of festivals and events – every week of the year has something different going on and visitors are welcome to join in.
Sligo has always had an exceptional reputation for good food and Sligo Food Trail draws together top food venues under one umbrella. Our Executive Chef Alan Fitzmaurice leads the way, showcasing the best of Sligo food and winning awards at home and abroad. Markets, artisan producers and craft beer breweries compete for attention with cafés, restaurants and gastro pubs. One thing is for sure – you won’t go hungry.
Sligo is a compact county and every point is within an hour’s drive of Sligo Town. The scenery is outstanding and surprisingly diverse within a relatively small geographical area. Glorious sandy beaches and craggy shores rim the coastline while inland lakes and rivers are a tranquil contrast. Distinctive Ben Bulben, Knocknarea and Benwiskin are all popular climbs.
Activities include surfing, wild swimming, SUPping, kayaking, rock climbing, walking, fishing horse racing and horse riding. The area is renowned for excellent golfing, both on links and parkland courses. There’s no shortage of choice at any time of year.
The history of the county is written on the landscape and reveals over 5,000 archaeological sites. Outstanding features like the megalithic tombs of Carrowmore and Carrowkeel are renowned throughout the world.
It’s easy to get to Sligo by road, rail or air. There are direct rail and bus services from Dublin. The nearest airport is Ireland West – Knock which has good connections to the UK and Europe. It’s about 45 minutes from Sligo Town. Driving from Dublin to Sligo takes less than 3 hours.