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Sligo Ireland

Recently we took a trip to Sligo. This blog describes our trip and the places we stayed.

Here is the route we took to Sligo,. We took the N17 directly to Sligo (as directly as any road can be in Ireland). On the way back we took a side trip to Leenane and Kylemore Abbey. The total trip was about 350-400 km … not too bad when split between two days of driving. The drive to Sligo was about three hours with the holiday weekend traffic. We arrived in time for a later than normal dinner in Sligo (20:00).

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Our hotel was the Riverside Hotel … a nice location and more than adequate accommodations. Our room had a river view (make sure to ask for this). From our window we could see a small damn, pedestrian bridge, moored boats, and lots of different types of birds from swans to ducks to seagulls, a really nice view. A hike and bike trail through a river-front park starts a short distance from the hotel. The main streets, restaurants and entertainment are a short five-minute walk away.

View from Hotel Window

Pedestrian Bridge Near Our Hotel

The room was large enough to store bikes with out cramping us if we had hauled them from home. It was a suite-type room and had a pretty full kitchen. We did not cook in the kitchen, but enjoyed cheese and cracker and wine in the room, and I certainly enjoyed coffee in the room before we went out for breakfast in the mornings. The room was €75 Euro per night without breakfast for the bank holiday weekend. You can probably do better on non-festival weekends.

I rate this hotel ✔✔✔✔ ( out of 5). The hotel lacked “character” but was certainly the correct price in a good location.

On Saturday we started with a tour of the Strandhill peninsula (OK … it’s the Cúil Irra peninsula with the village of Strandhill on it). The tour included a hike up Knocknarea and cruising Strandhill beach front area.

Knocknarea is a prominent feature on the peninsula but it is only about 1000 ft. high. It is a relatively easy hike to the top of the hill through fields that you share with sheep. The view from the top is well worth the hike. At the top is a cairn … a tomb that is reputed to be the burial place of Medb (or Méabha), an ancient Irish Queen. There is a parking area at the start of the path … good luck finding it … we had to ask directions. The map for this tour shows an approximate location of the parking lot. The path is well constructed but I would recommend hiking boots since there is quite a bit of loose rock. You will be right there with the sheep but they tend to stay away from people. The hike to the top took less than an hour.

Climb up Knocknarea

Strandhill is a beach resort and is know for its surf school … you read that correctly … a surf school, apparently a world famous surf school … no, it is known for its surfing skills not the craziness of surfing in the cold water of the North Atlantic. The day we visited one could believe that people might want to surf … the temperature was over 70F and was quite pleasant … a rare occurrence as we found later in the day.