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Secrets of Sligo

You’ll find Sligo located in northwest Ireland and it’s a real hidden gem of the Wild Atlantic Way. Here are some fascinating facts about the secretive, stunning Sligo County:

  1. Irish national poet

WB Yeats, as well as his brother Jack were from Sligo, and most of WB Yeats’s poems are about the Sligo region. William Butler Yeats and his brother Jack, both were born here, and windy landscapes, lush forests and tranquil lakes had a profound effect on Yeats’s work. Being renowned for romantic poetry, much of Sligo has been immortalized by the famous work of Yeats – such as famous poems based on an island in Lough Gill, for example.

  1. Overshadowing Sligo is Ben Bulben

The huge, iconic Irish mountain shaped like a table and the most stand-out feature of Sligo. This crowded area is full of lovers of nature and amazing views to explore. Whether you choose to climb the challenging Ben Bulben, or you prefer softer coastal walks in Mullaghmore or maybe take a walk in the woods at Union Wood, Sligo is the place to get outdoors.

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  1. Sligo in Gaelic Irish is Sligeach meaning ‘shelly’

And you will still find the remains of this important industry here as shellfish Lissadell is a traditional dish in Sligo. Since the megalithic era, the inhabitants of Sligo have mostly lived on shellfish. At present, Lissadell Mussels (and oysters) are famous in Sligo and across the world.

  1. Beaches in Strandhill and Easkey have some of the best waves for surfing in the whole of Europe

Because of the way the coast is configured, both Strandhill and Easkey beaches get some of the most effective winds and the resulting waves, some of the best on the Wild Atlantic Way – and surfers come from far and wide to experience the local surfing at Sligo, dubbed the Irish Surf Beach! Get to Sligo with Irish Airports like

  1. Sligo is an older megalithic site than the pyramids

Areas to visit include Knocknarea, Carrowkeel and Carrowmore, with some two dozen ancient graves adorning the hills at Carrowkeel, Sligo. Humans have inhabited the Coolera Peninsula and surrounding areas since megalithic times, which means more than five thousand years ago. They created monuments, tombs, pyramids, and other sites that are still scattered around the rural Sligo which actually existed before the pyramids were built!

  1. Queen Maeve’s legendary burial site

The large pyramid perched on the top of the Knocknarea hill is the legendary burial site Queen Maeve – mythical warrior. Indeed, Sligo is bursting with legends and Knocknarea hill is said to be home to the burial site of Queen Maeve, a strong warrior famed in the Connaught region, the giant enemy of the mythical Cuchalainn who is credited with forming Giant’s Causeway.

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  1. Follow the Sligo Food Trail

This region is fast becoming known for being an upcoming destination for culinary lovers as part of contemporary Irish culinary culture. Although most people think of potatoes, stews, and chowders when they think of Irish cuisine, Ireland is actually an important destination for food lovers. The Sligo Food Trail plays a role in the reputation of newly discovered and developed Irish culinary as a collection of restaurants working together to focus on using fresh local products to create interesting and healthy dishes.

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