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.