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Rosses Point/Ireland

Introducing Rosses Point

Rosses Point is a picturesque seaside town with grassy dunes rolling down to the golden strand. Benbulben (525m), Sligo's most recognisable landmark, looms in the distance. Offshore, the unusual – and jaunty – 1821 Metal Man beacon points the way into harbour. In the distance are ride-free Coney Island and Oyster Island.

Rosses Point has two wonderful beaches and one of Ireland's most challenging and renowned golf links, County Sligo Golf Course, which attracts golfers from all over the world. Fringed by the Atlantic and lying in the shadow of Benbulben, this is possibly Ireland's greatest and most picturesque golf links.

Try to nab a terrace table at Waterfront, an old pub that has been transformed into a stylish place for a meal. Lunches are simple but nighttime fare focuses on the best local seafood. There's a good bakery for snacks through the day and music on Friday nights.

Harry's Bar (on your right as you enter town) has a historic well, aquarium and maritime bric-a-brac.

Rosses Point is 8km northwest of Sligo on the R291. There are regular buses from Sligo.