Everything you need for outdoor adventure and activity is right here in Sligo. Nature has been kind – the glorious coastline and Wild Atlantic Way, rivers and lakes, mountains and hills all lend themselves to getting out there and having fun. Add in some of the best activity providers in the business and it’s easy to see why Sligo is so popular with bikers, hikers, surfers, suppers, paddlers and climbers. Here are a few ideas – there are plenty of options out there.
The Atlantic coastline is a magnificent resource and offers so many options for enjoying the outdoor life. Sligo has some great surfing beaches, Strandhill and Mullaghmore with its famous Prowlers Wave are particularly well known and have several options for lessons and equipment rental.
Sea angling is a great day out. Fishing trips go regularly from Rosses Point and Mullaghmore. The skippers will take your group sightseeing instead if that’s your preference. If you’d prefer to keep two feet on firm ground, you can still learn shore angling from the beach (and the kids can too).
SUPping (stand up paddleboarding) is a fabulous way to see the coastline from a different perspective. No experience is necessary and the learning curve is swift. What’s not to like?
If you’re feeling brave, coasteering is an exhilarating way to enjoy the Atlantic shoreline.
Lakes and rivers
SUPping and kayaking are also available inshore on scenic Lough Talt or Lough Easkey where you don’t even need to deal with waves! Or you could try your hand paddling a Canadian canoe where your lunch definitely won’t get wet.
Choose from galloping along a sandy beach or trekking on quiet lanes and mountain trails. Being on horseback really gives a different perspective to the countryside. Riding stables are located in Grange, Cloonacool, and Tubbercurry.
Walking and hiking
Sligo is a beautiful county and walking, particularly in the hills and mountains is a lovely way to see it in detail. Choose from self guided walks or go with one of the walking guides. Just make sure you’re dressed for the walk you’re going to do.
Seeing Sligo by bike is a great option – either road bike or mountain bike. The Innisfree Wheelers or Ox Mountain Cycling Club suggest lots of lovely routes. They also host the scenic (and challenging) 4 Passes Sportive each June.
Coolaney National Mountain Bike Trail Centre www.coolaneymtb.com
Choose your experience, visit www.sligotourism.ie