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County Sligo is a county of extraordinary beauty and vivid contrast with its lakes and forests, mountains and rivers. It is a county for the lovers of nature and the wildlife enthusiast, the angler, sportsman, antiquarian or the person who simply wants to relax in peace and tranquillity. Immortalised by W.B. Yeats as the 'Land of Hearts Desire', Sligo has much to offer, and Ballymote makes an ideal centre for touring the whole region. As well as Sligo, there are many scenic areas to be enjoyed in Counties Mayo, Donegal and Leitrim - and all comfortably covered within a day's drive. (For those without a car - Discover Sligo provide a variety of daily minibus tours)

Ancient Heritage
The rich beauty of the countryside around Ballymote was obviously appreciated by our ancestors. The whole area is an archaeologist's dream with monuments dating from the stone, bronze and iron ages as well as remains of buildings from the last two thousand years.

A Land Carved in Ice
About 200,000 years ago, glaciers ground their way through southern Sligo on their way to the sea, carving the countryside through which they moved. When the ice receded 10,000 years ago, one of Connaught's most beautiful and unspoilt places - the area around Ballymote - was revealed, sculptured with valleys and shimmering lakes. Benbulben Mountain is a main focal point along Sligo's country side as the mountain has a very distinctive and impressive shape, the ideal area for enjoying the beauty of Yeats County with its stone walls, and the ancient archelogical sites in Sligo at Carrowmore, Creevykeel and the Holy Well at Tobernalt in Sligo.



Sligo Festivals

If you are visiting Sligo take in the Warriors Festival in Strandhill Co Sligo, a fun run which starts on the beach, continues on road and up hills  around Queen Maeves Cairn up Knocknarea and returning again to the beach, fun for all! Tubbercurry Old Fair Day is held in August each year.



Sligo Visitor Attractions

Lissadell house by Pamela Cassidy

Visitors to Sligo can not help but be taken by the beauty of the area, from the top of Benbulben mountain to the beach at Rosses Point. Lisadell House and Gardens as above is in a lovely setting in Sligo. Sligo know as 'Yeats County'


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Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery

Sligo is a delight for archaeologists with many megalithic sites such as Carrowmore.   Visitors to Sligo can enjoy Golf Links at Rosses Point, Strandhill, and Enniscrone. 





The aims of the Yeats Society is to promote, celebrate and foster the works of W.B. Yeats and his family. The Society is based at the Yeats Memorial Building on Hyde Bridge in Sligo and is internationally famous for the Yeats International Summer School which is now going into its 39th Year

The town of Sligo has a statue to the well known Irish poet W.B. Yeats. a very fine bronze statue to the poet who was buried in Drumcliff and where you can visit the grave located below the foot of the well known Belbulben Mountain range.


Sligo has a number of great beaches including Enniscrone, Dunmoran and Mullaghmore, along with Rosses Point and Strandhill.



Sligo Abbey with its Gothic and Renaissance architecture is well worth a visit, with its many carvings and fine cloister are, it was built in the 1200's and was used as a Dominician Friary in olden times.



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