Many of us will know popular spots including Sligo Town, Strandhill and Benbulben mountain in County Sligo. However, South and South West Sligo is still a lesser-known part of the county that lies very much untapped. For adventurers, road trippers and those keen to break the tourist mould, below is a guide to a secret part of Sligo that is definitely worth exploring.
Sligo Town – Tubbercurry
Two to three days of exploring this area is a must, and a good starting point for your journey is from Sligo Town. Driving towards Tubbercurry, the rolling hills and unspoiled views coming into southern Sligo will take your breath away. Along the way, look out for local farmers herding their sheep into rugged lands surrounded by stone walls.
Tubbercurry is a quiet village lined with traditional Irish pubs and a few places to stop for a drink or a bite to eat. Murphy’s and Cawley’s are longstanding restaurants that offer great menus and a homely atmosphere. Cawley’s is, in fact, a stop on the Sligo Food Trail, if you want to experience the restaurant as part of a wider foodie experience.
For a well-earned rest after driving, Coilldara House is a local family-run, four-star bed and breakfast set outside the village that offers beautiful spacious rooms and an award-winning breakfast.
Tubbercurry – Enniscrone
After a night in Tubbercurry, pass through the peaceful area of Banada. Here you will find the increasingly popular Banada Stables, a horse riding school and bed and breakfast. Stop here for a breath-taking horse ride into the deeper parts of southern Sligo, where forests, rivers and captivating hillsides lie waiting.
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Driving towards Enniscrone, it is hard not to stop at some of the hilltops and loughs along the way. One of the loughs worth stopping at is Lough Talt, which is situated right at the heart of a wonderful walking trail if you’re tempted to abandon the car and discover more of this unique part of Ireland.
At Enniscrone, head to the town’s pretty beach for a surf lesson with 7th Wave Surf School. The savvy surf instructors will not only give you a great lesson but also fill you in on local gems. One such gem is Ait Eile, a restaurant with delicious contemporary food and an impressive drinks menu.
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An experience of Enniscrone (or Sligo for that matter) is nowhere near complete without taking the time to luxuriate in the area’s magnificent seaweed baths. The family-run Kilcullen Seaweed Baths, originally built in the early 1900s, is an incredible place and worth spending a few hours at. It is still possible to immerse yourself in the historic baths, which are filled with heated seawater and local seaweed. What’s more, visitors can try out an old-fashioned spa and indulge in a massage.
Find the latest hotel deals in Enniscrone for a well-earned rest at this halfway point.
Enniscrone – Aughris
Follow a visit to Enniscrone with a stop at the quaint village of Easkey. Here you can check out the impressive O’Dowd Castle and pop into Pudding Row cafe for a delicious brunch or afternoon tea (the cafe has an unbelievable selection of homemade tray bakes).
Once you’re sufficiently filled up, drive out to Aughris Head, where a magnificent beach and views looking out over Knocknarea Mountain can be enjoyed. Only a stone’s throw away from the beach is the Aughris Beach bar, a thatched roofed pub that serves up a perfect pint of Guinness – a great way to end your South and South West Sligo adventure!
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