Attractions

Top Choice Historic Site in Strandhill

Knocknarea Cairn

Sligo's ultimate rock pile and a magical climb, Knocknarea is popularly believed to be the grave of legendary Queen Maeve (Queen Mab in Welsh and English folk tales). The 40,000 tonnes of stone have never been excav…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in South of Sligo Town

Carrowkeel Megalithic Cemetery

With a bird's-eye view of the county from high in the Bricklieve Mountains, it's little wonder this hilltop site was sacred in prehistoric times. But for a few sheep, it's undeveloped and spectacular. Dotted with ar…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in County Sligo

Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery

One of the largest Stone Age cemeteries in Europe, Carrowmore is finally receiving the renown it deserves and is Sligo's must-see attraction. Some 60 monuments including stone circles, passage tombs and dolmens ador…
Top Choice Beach in Streedagh

Streedagh Strand

Streedagh Strand occasionally sees parts of the Spanish Armada washing up on its shores from three wrecks offshore: La Juliana, La Lavia and La Santa Maria de Visón; over 1000 soldiers and sailors drowned or were ki…
Top Choice Beach in Killala

Lackan Strand

Lackan Bay's beach is a stunning and vast expanse of golden sand – it's particularly beautiful as the sun goes down, making it one of Ireland's most gorgeous sights. There's good surf here and plenty of places to ge…
Top Choice Cathedral in Castlebar

Ballintubber Abbey

Established in 1216 next to the site of an earlier church founded by busy St Patrick after he came down from Croagh Patrick, this is the only church in Ireland founded by an Irish king that remains in use. Among the…
Top Choice Monument in Drumcliff

Yeats' Grave

Yeats was long believed to be buried next to the doorway of the Protestant church, but recent evidence suggests that the bones shipped here from France in 1948 were not his at all, owing to the actual bones being sc…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Ballycastle

Céide Fields

This otherwise barren site, 8km northwest of Ballycastle, is considered the world's most extensive Stone Age monument. Stone-walled fields, houses and megalithic tombs – about half a million tonnes of stone – have b…
Top Choice Religious Site in Killala

St Mary's Well

This transfixing place near Rosserk Abbey is an amazing place of pilgrimage, for both Christians and travellers of any persuasion, and is particularly beautiful when the wildflowers are out.The site is near the conf…
Top Choice Museum in Castlebar

National Museum of Country Life

This extensive, engrossing and highly good-looking museum by the Castlebar River delves into Ireland's fascinating rural traditions and skills. Photogenically overlooking a lake in the lush grounds of 19th-century T…