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Sligo, Ireland- The Land of the Heart’s Desire

Known as his homeland, Sligo was dubbed the Land of the Heart’s Desire by Yeats many years ago and the name has stuck with locals since that day. Archaeological evidence has suggested that Sligo was one of the earliest places that humans settled in the country of Ireland and the buildings that still stand today are proof that this may, in fact, be true. The area has a strong presence of prehistoric remains and there are monuments that stand from as far back as the stone, bronze and iron ages. Even many of the buildings have been present for well over 2000 years. Add to this the fact that the landscape offers a vivid contrast in details and it is easy to see why visitors find Sligo so fascinating.

Reasons to Visit Sligo

There is much to do throughout Sligo and you are limited only by your time and desire. Visiting historic buildings can begin with the Drumcliffe Church and Visitors Centre that was founded as a monastery in 574. Sligo Abbey was founded in the mid 13th century and features carvings that date back to the 15th centure. You can also visit Ballymote Castle and the Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery. The tombs you will see can go as far back as 4840-4370 BC. Not everything in Sligo is ancient and you can find plenty to satisfy your desires. Take a walking route through the mountains, visit the Rosses Point Beach or reserve a horse from Island View Riding Stables and take a ride along the shore.

Entertainment and Dining in Sligo

There are several theatres that you can visit to find the entertainment you are looking for. Blue Raincoat Theatre and Hawk’s Well Theatre both offer a variety of programmes to fit your preferences. You will also find many festivals to attend in Sligo including Ireland’s Folk, Roots and Indie Festival and the South Sligo Walking Festival. Plenty of pubs and taverns are available to peruse as you find the time and there are a number of restaurants that can found varying by cuisine and location.

Accommodations in Sligo

If you truly want to enjoy secluded comfort you can opt for Ardtarmon House and Self-Catering Cottages. You will have a scenic view with a private beach on the shore of Sligo Bay. If golf is your desire then you might enjoy a place like the Diamond Coast Hotel which overlooks the Enniscrone Golf Course as well as beaches and sand dunes.