A three hour train journey from Dublin’s Connolly Station will take you to the great destination of Sligo. It is a visually stunning place with wonderful sights and activities for all to enjoy.
Ireland's Surfing destination
The beaches at Strandhill, Enniscrone and Easkey are perfect locations for seasoned surfers and also for learners. You can experience the excitement of surfing but also feel safe with qualified and experienced instructors who know the waves.
The Yeats Society
The Yeats Society is the home of the work of one of the greatest and most important poets of all time; William Butler Yeats. This astonishing site is a must-visit for all, located amidst the backdrop of the Wild Atlantic Way. It offers visitors the chance to experience WB Yeats like never before. Incorporating timeless history with regular exciting events, the Yeats Society is truly unique and ought to be on your itinerary!
The Yeats Art Festival also takes place from Sunday 24th July until 7th August.
Drumcliffe Churchyard is best known as the final resting place of William Bulter Yeats. His grave is marked with the simple headstone with the inscription “cast a cold eye on life, on death, horseman, pass by”. The churchyard also contains a high cross and nearby is the site of the 6th Century Columbian Monastery.
Ben Bulben is known as Sligo’s 'Table Mountain' and is part of the Dartry Mountains. Ireland’s most distinctive mountain, its believed to have formed over 320 million years ago. This limestone wonder is a spectacle that should be enjoyed by all. Its mysterious shape is to be admired close-up and is also a fantastic destination for keen walkers who can view the beautiful mix of flora and fauna that it hosts.
Lissadell House and Gardens
Lissadell House and Gardens is situated on the shores of Sligo Bay. It’s historic and literary associations and the natural beauty of its setting with sea, woodland and mountains makes Lissadell one of the North West’s premier tourism attractions.
For those interested in history, it was the childhood home of Countess Markievicz and located within the house is an exhibition on her life. While there, you can also view the Yeats Gallery, take an guided tour of the house or view and take a walk in the beautiful gardens
For the kids, there’s an activity centre including woodland obstacle courses, kite surfing, stand up paddling and more. When the kids tire out for all this, you can also sample some refreshments and home baking in the Coach House tea rooms.
Above are just some of the wonderful locations that Sligo has to offer and the train is a perfect way to get there.
Our Summer family fare covers 2 adults and up to 4 kids from Dublin to Sligo for only €79 open return and is available until 31st August. More information on this and on further family fares are available on irishrail.ie/trips