Dooney Rock Forest Park
Dooney Rock is made famous by W.B. Yeats poem “The Fiddler of Dooney”. It is located just outside Sligo town on the R287.
There is a looping nature walking trail, 1.2km in length leads towards the shore of Lough Gill before leading up to the top of Dooney Rock.
At regular intervals along the trail are information posts giving details on the various trees and plants located in the area. At the top of Dooney Rock there are four viewing points that offer fantastic views of Lough Gill and the surrounding countryside.
Address - Dooney Rock Woods, Sligo
Fancy a day out with the family with a difference? Experience Eagles flying from a birds eye view and even hold them in your hand if your brave enough. Fun for all the family.
Ireland’s largest sanctuary for birds of prey and owls offers you incomparable impressions of majestic raptors soaring over one of the loveliest locations to be found.Experience some of the biggest birds of prey in the world flying closely over your head. Watch different species of eagles hunting on prey-dummies in their natural environment. Be astonished about the arrow like flight of the falcons and the high intelligence of the vultures.
Address - Ballymote, Sligo
W - www.eaglesflying.com
P - 00353 (0)71 9189310
Funny Bones House of Fun
Funny Bones House of Fun is a Children’s Activity and Play Centre based in Colloney just outside Sligo. Funny Bones Playcentre in Collooney is a fun place to bring children aged 0-12 where they can get loads of exercise whatever the weather, rain or shine, stay dry or cool down.
We have one of the biggest playframes in Ireland, seperate toddler playframe, baby soft area with large ballpool. trampolines, 10metre 4 lane astro slide, air cannons, loads of biff and bash, soccer/basketball pitch, Mini go cart track with 3 electric go carts suitable for all ages. (extra charge for go carts).
Address - Toberbride Business Park Collooney, Co. Sligo
W - www.funnybones.ie/
P - 00353 71 9133281
Knocknashee, Legendary Hill of the Fairies, one of the 7 sacred hills in Ireland. Fun for school, coach tours, birthday parties, family groups and overseas visitors. A stone tunnel entrance, with dolmen and amphitheatre rising out of lush green lawns commences your escape into the Botanical gardens, and natural flora and fauna blend together, enhanced by” faerie habitants” in miniature model villages and “enchanted” glades. Streams and secluded seating areas create a magical atmosphere, whilst a visit to the “faerie fort” offers spectacular panoramic views. Wild-life pond and aquatic cave, plus informal guided tour round the “Pet Village”. Quizzes and competitions keep the young amused allowing the adults freedom to relax.
Address - Knocknashee, Lavagh, Tubbercurry, Sligo
W - www.gillighansworld.ie
P - 00353 71 9130286
Happy Days Adventure Play Centre
Come and enjoy the fun at Happy Days – an ideal location for a rainy day for all the family within a safe environment and an exciting venue for a birthday party, communion, confirmation or any occasion you choose!
Address - Cleveragh Business Park, Sligo
W - www.happydayssligo.ie
P - 00353 71 9135115
Paint your own Pottery Studio! Hullabaloo is the place for a family outing.
Hullabaloo is an exciting and fun place to socialise and get creative with your friends and family and paint your very own pottery.
Family get togethers / A girly night out / Birthday parties / Escaping the Irish weather / Scouts, girls guides etc. / Active age groups / A perfect personalised gift / Leaving parties / Hen parties.
Address - Pearse House, Pearse Road, Sligo
W - www.hullabaloo.ie
Knocknarea Mountain (Cnoc na Rí) is situated 4 miles west of Sligo Town, in the area of the Strandhill Peninsula.
Knocknarea dominates the skyline of Sligo town standing tall at 1078 feet. Walking to the summit of the mountain is only accessible by foot by taking a neatly paved path from the car park. The walk to the summit of the mountain takes an average of 40 – 45 minutes and it suitable for all ages. Once you reach the top, there lies the cairn of Queen Maeve of Connacht. The cairn is about 10 meters high and is visible for miles around. It has not been excavated but it is thought to cover a passage tomb similar to that of Heapstown Cairn. Queen Maeve and Knocknarea Mountain are mentioned in several of Yeats’ poems and are of keen interest in Irish myth. There are spectacular views around County Sligo.
Note: Always take care when climbing rugged or mountainous areas. Also, please do not climb on the cairn at Knocknarea.
Address - Knocknarea, Strandhill, Sligo
Yeats’ poem “Down by the Sally Gardens” was composed from the lines of a song the poet heard from an old woman in the village of Ballisadare. The Owenmore river runs through the village and is a beautiful setting for a picnic.
Address - Ballisodare, Sligo
Sathya Sai Donkey Sanctuary
The Sathya Sanctuary Trust for Nature is a charitable trust situated adjacent to the ancient neolithic site of Carrowkeel in the Bricklieve Mountains, two and a half miles above the village of Castlebaldwin.
Set in 18 acres site in truly beautiful surroundings, the Sanctuary’s aim is to provide refuge for sick, elderly, unwanted, abandoned or abused donkeys, once so much apart of the Irish heritage but now often forgotten and neglected in a world geared for profit and production.
The Sanctuary is currently home to two dogs, cats, three sheep, 18 donkeys, 2 mules and several ponies but these numbers can fluctuate as donkeys and ponies are rescued and rehomed.
Visitors and donations are always welcome but contact in advance is appreciated to make sure there is someone there to meet you. Waterproof footwear is advisable most times of the year.
Open 1st April until 31st October, saturdays, sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays 10am until 4pm
All other times by appointment
Address - Castlebaldwin, Sligo
W - www.donkeys.ie/index.htm
P - 086 1031932
Sligo Race Course is a right-handed track situated on 56 acres overlooking Ben Bulben .Flat and National Hunt Racing.
Where to find the Racecourse:
Take Exit S2 off the N4 and follow directions for Sligo and continue along the Pearse Road taking the 3rd right and travel 600mts and arrive at Racecourse
Address - County Sligo Races, Cleveragh, Sligo
W - www.countysligoraces.com/
P - 00353 71 9162484
The Model Arts Centre
The Model, home of The Niland Collection, is one of Ireland’s leading contemporary arts centres with works by Jack B. Yeats as well as his wife and sister.
The building boasts a wonderful gallery circuit, a cafe, cinema, a bookshop, music and performance space, and a suite of impressive artist studios on the top floor with enviable views of Sligo town and County. The Niland Collection is one of Ireland’s most significant public art collections. Begun by Nora Niland in 1959, the collection features work by many of Ireland’s most acclaimed twentieth century artists. The collection has a particular focus on the northwest of Ireland and features many artists who are linked to the area through birth, family or subject matter including Jack B Yeats, Patrick Collins, Sean McSweeney, Patrick Hall and Nick Miller.
In 2002 a further 30 works of Irish art were generously lent on a long-term basis by the collector Jobst Graeve. The Graeve Collection has a particular focus on works from the 1970s, 80s and 90s, many of which are political in theme.
Taken as a whole the two collections number almost 300 drawings, paintings, sculptures, and prints, and present a fascinating overview of Irish life in the twentieth century.
Address - The Model , The Mall, Sligo
W - www.themodel.ie
P - 00353 71 914 14 05
The Showgrounds-Sligo Rovers
The Showgrounds is home to Sligo Rovers, located on Church Hill Sligo just on the outskirts of the town, is well worth a visit when the boys in red are hosting a game.
Address - The Showgrounds, Church Hill, Sligo
W - www.sligorovers.com
P - 00353 71 9171212
Walking Town Trail of Sligo
A signposted walking trail of Sligo starts in Stephen Street. An accompanying booklet, ‘A Walking Trail & Pictorial Town Map of Sligo’ is available from the Tourist Office in O Connell Street, will help you trace the history of the town on a 90 minute voyage of discovery.
Address - O Connell Street, Sligo
P - 00353 71 9161201
A guided tour of Woodville Farm in Strandhill, takes you through mature woodland, green fields, and historic farm buildings where a variety of farm animals including some rare breeds, live in natural surroundings.
Address - Strandhill Road , Sligo
P - 00353 71 9162741