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11. Posted by kaycapps (Full Member 31 posts) 11y

Thanks I sure hope I can get all that in in 6 days. Thanks so much. Kay Capps

12. Posted by kaycapps (Full Member 31 posts) 11y

We did rent a car. We will be there the 2nd week of Aug. Is there anything going on in that week?? Have an Aunt is Sligo town. So we will be spending some time there any ideas on that area? Thank so much. Kay

13. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting kaycapps

We did rent a car. We will be there the 2nd week of Aug. Is there anything going on in that week?? Have an Aunt is Sligo town. So we will be spending some time there any ideas on that area? Thank so much. Kay

Hi kaycapps,

I spent a night in Sligo. It was nice little town, with a river and some swans on the water, nice pubs & resturants. You could take a day trip up into Donegal and head West our to the Slieve League sea cliffs, it is the highest cliff face in Europe. Make sure to take a jacket with you even if you are warm at the car because when you get up on the cliff it can cold and windy (at least it was when I was there in the Summer). It's pretty impressive. Not as impressive as the Ciffs of Moher, but the entire area is beautiful, both the drive there and the walk up to the cliffs/

14. Posted by luciano (Full Member 42 posts) 11y

I would recommend the cliffs of moher and the burren which are both in county clare. If you decide to go there i would strongly recommend going for a pint of guinness in frawleys pub in lahinch. It will probably be the smallest pub you have ever been in, but it is known by locals to serve some of the best guinness in the county and the barman/owner/everything else(he's the only person who works there) is one of the oldest publicans in the region! i think he's pushing 90! its a great experience.
you could go from here to sligo, visiting the aaran islands, off the doolin coast (in clare too), and galway city on the way.
in sligo tubecurry is a great town for traditional music.
County kerry has some amazing scenery too, if you can fit it in.
Hope that helps, enjoy!

15. Posted by kaycapps (Full Member 31 posts) 11y

Thank You all so much for the good info. I will post when I get back. With the details. We leave Aug 1st for 4 weeks. Thanks again. Kay Capps

16. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting kaycapps

Thank You all so much for the good info. I will post when I get back. With the details. We leave Aug 1st for 4 weeks. Thanks again. Kay Capps

Have a Great trip! If you'll be there for 4 weeks (especially in Summer, you'll have Loooong days of sunlight), make sure to go all the way up North (it's in the UK controlled Northern Ireland) and visit the "Giant's Causeway." It's really beautiful and quiet unusual.

17. Posted by kaycapps (Full Member 31 posts) 11y

That will be 1 week each in Scotland, Ireland, London and Paris. It will be a great trip. Thanks for all the good advice. I know it will come in real handy. Kay

18. Posted by SabrinaG (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y

Hey Kay

Know its a bit late with the reply and you probably have you itinery pretty much sorted but just going through the threads and saw that you were asking about things to do in Sligo.

Have been living in the town for 2 years now (from Donegal) and would defo recommend visiting if ya get a chance, its pretty beautiful. Just a few suggestions for things to do and see around the area:

Yeats Country- Area approx 10 mins drive outside the town where the poet and writer W.B.Yeats lived and is buried, situated under Benbulban Mountain.

Glencar Waterfall- 10 miles from Sligo, is a really lovely waterfall beside a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains, ask any Sligo person and they lay claim to the area but neighbouring county Leitrim have signs all around the waterfall delaring its in Leitrim... Quite funny actually.

Rosses Point and StrandHill- Sligo Town is situated at the base of Sligo Bay, if you travel north for approx 3 miles either side of the Bay, you reach 2 beach areas, both very beautiful but very different.
Rosses Point is quite an affluet area, it has breathtaking views over the bay and along the atlantic coast, has nice restaurants and bars
StrandHill is more of a chilled surfing area, at the weekends its usually pretty packed with people doing water sports, the areas got a really nice vibe, a couple of really nice restaurants and bars and also has the famous Strandhill Seaweed Baths where you can relax with a massage and a seaweed mud bath. If ya fancy learning to surf, just ask at the surf shop, they give lessons for €20 an hour.

Lough Key Forest Park- actually not in Sligo, is in neighbouring County Roscommon but is only about 30 mins drive from the town on the Dublin road, is a beautiful lakeland area which has walks through the forests, is a beautiful place to visit, especially on a sunny day with a picnic.

If you wanted to do a 2 stop break Id also recommend heading up to Donegal, one of the forgotten jewels of Ireland... not that Im at all biast!
Id venture up to the north east coast(approx. 2 hrs from sligo), Glenveagh National Park is a must see and literally anyone Ive ever spoken to who has visited has fallen in love with the place, even though most of them had never heard much about it. The park which comprises of a castle with its magnificant gardens is situated in Glenveagh valley, about 14 miles north west from letterkenny town in what can only be described as Donegal bog land. How they found, built and maintained these beautiful grounds in such a hostile region is the real wonder... the park also has a visitors centre where you can learn about the region from prehistoric times through to the great famine up to present day.. oh and the castle has a guided tour, which is very enjoyable (guides dress up in period costumes etc.)

There are many beautiful drives along the coast, Fanad Head, Inishowen, Dunfanaghy.. all of which are on the Atlantic so the coast is rugged but very beautiful and also if your exceptionally lucky and the suns shining, the beaches are pretty special too...

Right hope all the ranting gives someone an Idea or two....
Enjoy your trip

19. Posted by snatterand (Travel Guru 454 posts) 11y

Aran Islands! Has anybody written that yet? Go to Galway first, Galway is also absolutely charming...

//Susanna

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