A Weekend Trip to Sligo2 min read

A Weekend in Sligo

My best friend, Kelly, studies in Sligo so I try to get up there once a year – that makes it sound like I never see her but really she is in Cork almost every weekend! So all the way back at the end of October, my friend and I began the journey up.

3 busses and 8 hours later, we finally arrived! Kelly and her roommate had cooked a delicious Christmas dinner – which is a tradition of ours in Sligo (usually because I visit a lot closer to Christmas!). We played some card games and chilled for the evening before our busy day ahead of us in the morning.

On Saturday, we woke up and filled ourselves up with food before heading to Strandhill. We strolled along the beach and did a little exploring! It was such a gorgeous day. Usually when I go to Sligo, it is absolutely freeeeeezing so I had come prepared with lots of layers! But much to my surprise, and delight, it was actually quite warm in the sun!

Strandhill Beach, Sligo

There are a few different walks and hikes in Strandhill. We just decided to walk down the beach but you could also choose to do one of the following: Colleenamore Walk (45mins or 1hr 30mins depending on whether you take the shortcut or not!) , Killaspugbrone Walk (1 hour), Knocknarea Hike (1hr 30mins) or Queen Maeve Trail (1hr 40mins).

Strandhill Beach, Sligo

Strandhill Beach, Sligo

One thing I learned on this trip is that Kelly is a really good photographer. She spotted this photo opportunity and made me pose for a picture! She is probably going to make me pay to use this photo now…

Strandhill, Sligo

If golfing is your thing, this course has some stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and Knocknarea Mountain.

Our walk on the beach worked up an appetite so we treated ourselves to ice-cream in Mammy Johnston’s Ice Cream Parlour. How cute is the “Happiness is Homemade” sign!?

Mammy Johnston's Ice Cream Parlour, Strandhill

There was so much choice, I don’t even want to begin to think back on how long it took me to choose!

In the end I went for a scoop of the White Chocolate Hazelnut Crunch and the Honeycomb. Fun fact: Their honeycomb ice cream was actually voted the best honeycomb flavour in the world.. so I really couldn’t go there and not try it!

Mammy Johnston's Ice Cream Parlour, Strandhill

I’ve just noticed that the switch is left on in the photo below and it’s really bothering me now.. sorry for pointing it out!

Mammy Johnston's Ice Cream Parlour, Strandhill

Later that evening we went for a meal in Davis’s Restaurant @ The Yeats Tavern and afterwards, we went to visit the grave of W.B. Yeats in Drumcliff.

It was a such a fun weekend – special thanks to Kelly for being a fabulous hostess!

Ali xx

P.S. Kelly also recommends going to the Farmer’s Market at Strandhill Airport on Sundays – I’ll have to make it to that the next time!

Have you ever been to Sligo? What are your recommendations to do there?

A Weekend In Sligo

16 Comments

  1. Gabija
    February 12, 2017

    Loved this post, especially the photos- Sligo looks lovely!

    Gabija | everylittlethingblog.weebly.com

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    1. Ali Bourke
      February 12, 2017

      Thank you! The blue sky definitely helped to make the photos look that bit better 😉

      Reply
  2. Charlotte Carmichael
    February 12, 2017

    Loving this post! The place looks amazing! I think I may have to plan a trip there myself! X

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    1. Ali Bourke
      February 12, 2017

      Thank you!

      Reply
  3. Anna Robinson
    February 12, 2017

    Just on my way back from a weekend in Fermanagh. Your post has added Sligo to the places to visit list for next time. I didn’t realise there was so much to see. Glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. Ali Bourke
      February 12, 2017

      I have never been to Fermanagh but I’d love to visit there someday! Strandhill is definitely my favourite area in Sligo!

      Reply
  4. Jodie Mitchell
    February 12, 2017

    Those photos are STUNNING. And that ice cream looks painfully good and now I’m really really hungry.

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    1. Ali Bourke
      February 12, 2017

      It was so good! I would love some of it now haha!

      Reply
  5. Nicole
    February 12, 2017

    This makes me want to visit!

    Reply
  6. Gregory Pozo
    February 12, 2017

    Stunning pictures i must say!

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    1. Ali Bourke
      February 12, 2017

      Thank you so much!

      Reply
  7. STEPHANIE
    February 13, 2017

    Such great photos!!
    xo
    Stephanie
    http://www.thecuratedcollectiveco.com

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  8. Shaheen Khan
    February 13, 2017

    Loved this post…..beautiful photography n such a lovely place!!

    Reply
  9. Siobhan
    February 16, 2017

    Great photos! Sligo is now on my list of places to visit for the hikes alone x

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  10. Emma
    February 19, 2017

    This looks like such a beautiful place! Those ice creams look amazing xxx

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  11. Maria
    February 24, 2017

    Ah you made Sligo look so lovely! I have family who live there (and all over Ireland) but my mum is from Donegal so Sligo is somewhere i know really well. Its so nice to see it online! – Maria | MariaJ

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