8 Reasons Sligo Is The Only Place You Need To Visit This Summer

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Planning a staycation, but not entirely sure where to go? That’s where we come in...

Have you and yours ever thought about The Land of Heart’s Desire as a potential destination?

County Sligo is so much more than the N4 and Count Dracula, and we’re here to show you why...

1. It's super accessible 

Three hours, direct on a comfy train from Dublin. Happy days!

Trains also go every hour or two, so you're never ever stuck. Ideal.

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2. It boasts some of the best surf in the world

Surfers the world over flock to our humble island all throughout the year, and for what?

The gnarly surf, brah. 

We're super blessed with some of the best waves in the whole world, right on our doorstep, and long summer days to enjoy them. Just be sure to bring your wetsuit.

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3. You can act like Yeats and chill at Ben Bulben

Where else can you ponder prose like one of the original literary greats amidst the roaring backdrop of the Wild Atlantic Way? Only in Shligo, my friend. 

Yeats' love for the place was as vast as it was limitless, and it's not surprising when you catch a glimpse of the beauty he portrayed so well. 

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4. You can treat yo'self to a spa day

Sligo has a plethora of beautiful, decadent and impressive spas - each and every one dedicated fully to making your stay the very best it could possibly be. 

And if the thought of being pampered to your heart's content by the coast of the Atlantic doesn't tickle your fancy then, well... We're not sure what could.

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5. The food game is strong

Due to its proximity to the ocean and access to fresh produce - Sligo has a rich (and tasty) food culture, that is showcased perfectly in its local restaurants. 

Upon arriving, make sure you hit up Trá Bán for their famous crab claws, Rathcormac Food Market for snacks and Fabio's for some of the best homemade ice cream you'll ever have.

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6. Good craic is around every corner

The Yeats County is pretty much built on the stuff. Between open mic nights in Hargadons and live music in 5th on Teeling, the streets are pretty much paved with magic, and fun is always on the horizon.

And we haven't even mentioned Toffs yet...

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7. The music scene is sensational

Hosts of the Fleadh Cheoil for two consecutive years in 2014 and 2015, Sligo's traditional Irish music scene is positively buzzing. Musicians as young as five or six storm the stage in an explosive fashion, making you wish you'd never given up on the tin whistle all those years ago.

Jazz, musical theatre and classical music also hold strong places in the heart of the Connacht county, boasting festivals each year spanning thousands. 

Also, did I mention Westlife?

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8. Oh, and one last thing

It looks like this...

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...sorry, we just had to make sure you knew what you're dealing with here.

Happy holidaying!

Written By

Kate Demolder

Kate is a contributing writer here at Lovin Dublin. You are as likely to see her indulging in some of Dublin’s finer establishments, as well as panic-exercising the day after.

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