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I am traveling with 3 friends through Ireland in August 2012 and we had planned to stop in Sligo for one night. Could you give me some tips/recommendations as to what is good to see/do there.
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I haven't visited Sligo but whilst you are waiting for other members to reply do have a look at the tips and info on the Sligo VT pages:
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All content is written by VT locals and visitors...I'm sure you'll find some good ideas. :-)
You don't say what your interests are so or whether you will have a car so here's some general info on Sligo town and surrounding area:
If you like nature/outdoors/walking then I’d recommend Hazelwood Demesne. It’s only three kilometres from Sligo Town at half Moon Bay on the shores of Lough Gill. It has some lovely forest trails, where you will find a series of outdoor sculptures from Irish and international artists, a quiet picnic area and beautiful lakeside views with lots of swans providing great photo opportunities. The nature trail itself forms a loop of about three kilometres, with two shorter alternatives available. All are clearly marked and begin and end at the car park.
Rosses Point is another nearby spot for a drive, it’s a seaside resort situated 8km from Sligo town, it has a great beach, safe for swimming and also ideal for windsurfing and other water-sports.
If you like art then you could pay a visit to the Model, an art gallery located on the Mall, it is one of Ireland’s leading contemporary arts centres and home of The Niland Collection.
There are lots of pubs in Sligo town, some serving food, some well known for traditional music.
For general info about pubs and other activities in Sligo check :
If you would like to see a play while you are there then check what’s on in the Hawkswell during your visit: http://www.hawkswell.com/
Strandhill is another nearby village that’s worth a visit, it has a magnificent beach, popular with surfers, some great pubs and very nice seaweed baths if you feel like doing something a bit different.
Some info here: http://www.strandhillscenes.com/