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!
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).
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…
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!?
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!
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!
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!
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?