Top things to do

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 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 Pub Food in Sligo Town

Hargadons

You'll have a hard time leaving this superb 1868 pub with its winning blend of old-world fittings and gastropub style. The uneven floors, peat fire, antique signage, snug corners and bowed shelves laden down with an…
Top Choice Gallery in Sligo Town

Model

The Model houses a really impressive collection of contemporary Irish art including works by Jack B Yeats (WB's brother and one of Ireland's most important modern artists) and Louis le Brocquy. There are also galler…
Top Choice Seafood in Mullaghmore

Eithna's by the Sea

With a view over the bay at Mullaghmore, this bright-blue seafood restaurant is a joy, with tables outside for sunny alfresco dining on lobster, shellfish, crab, squid and roasted seaweed. Food comes straight from t…
Top Choice Ice Cream in Sligo Town

Fabio's

Fabio is a local hero for making Ireland's best Italian gelato and sorbets. He uses mostly local and natural ingredients for his changing line-up of flavours. His coffee is good, too, and service comes with a smile.
Top Choice Modern Irish in Strandhill

Trá Bán

With a relaxed atmosphere, this justifiably popular 1st-floor restaurant above the Strand Bar serves excellent pasta, steaks and seafood. If in doubt, the seafood linguini is gorgeous. Book in advance.