Why Sligo


Knocknarea Mountain

4 miles west of Sligo Town, you will find Knocknarea Mountain. This stunning mountain is visible from all over Sligo and at 1078 feet high, commands spectacular views all around Sligo County. At the top of Knocknarea is the 10 metre high cairn of Connaught's Queen Maeve.


Glencar Lake

Glencar Lake, northeast of Sligo, lies at the bottom of Benbulben. The area is most well known for the beautiful Glencar Waterfall, depicted in WB Yeats Poem "Stolen Child". Although the waterfall is not very big, it's picturesque charm attracts visitors from near and far. 



The distinctively shaped Benbulben, steeped in Irish Folklore, is famous around the world as an icon of Sligo. Overlooking Sligo Town, and part of the Dartry Mountain Range, this stunning Mountain is definitely worth a visit


Rosses Point

The seaside village of Rosses Point is 8km from Sligo Town and boasts 2 Blue Flag beaches, a Championship 18 hole Golf Course and a yacht club. This popular Sligo location on the North West coast of Ireland, also features charming pubs and restaurants.


Sligo Archaeology

Sligo,  a treasure trove archaeology from prehistoric to modern day, come and explore Megalithic site, monastic settlements, Sligo is rich in history and www.sligosouthernhotel.ie/sligoarchaeology.htm


Lissadell House & Gardens

Lissadell is famous as the childhood home of Constance Markievicz, her sister Eva Gore Booth and her brother Josslyn Gore Booth. Sligo born poet W. B. Yeats was friendly with the Gore Booth sisters and stayed at Lissadell in 1893 and 1894. He immortalised Lissadell and the Gore Booth sisters in his poetry. 


Hawk's Well Theatre

Sligo Town's 340 seat Hawk's Well Theatre features a wide ranging program of music and entertainment such as comedy, drama, traditional music, jazz, opera, pantomime, dance and children's theatre.



The Michael Coleman Irish Music Centre

The Coleman Irish Music Centre features three main attractions: the Coleman Cottage and Archive, which remembers the past, the Music School which, builds for the future and lastly the Visitors Centre and Theatre which celebrates the tradition.

Gaiety Cinema, Sligo

The Gaiety Cinema, Sligo is a 12 screen cinema that has all the features of a modern multiplex. They can cater for every occasion from birthday parties to group outings.



Yeats Memorial Building

Home to the The Yeats Society whose aim is to keep alive the memory of W.B. Yeats and encourage appreciation of his literary works. The Yeats Photographic Exhibition and the Yeats Art Gallery can also be found here



County Sligo Golf Club

County Sligo Golf Club, in the village of Rosses Point, is considered to be one of the great championship links courses. There is also a 9 hole course and state of the art driving range. This club has also hosted the famous West of Ireland Open amateur championship every Easter since 1923.



 Strandhill Golf Club
is just a 10 minute drive from the centre of Sligo, overlooking Ballisadare Bay, this links course provides a challenge worth taking a shot at, with view of both Sligo and
Ballisadare Bay to encourage the perfect stroke.  


Coney Island

Accessible by boat from Rosses Point, but the most popular unusual way is to drive across Cumeen strand with the Tide is out. The strand is exposed at low tide and is marked by 14 stone pillars for a distance of 5km leading to the island.  Visit St Patricks Chair,or have a pint in the island pub.


The Model Niland Centre

This Sligo arts centre features several major exhibitions of noted national and international contemporary artists and also has a contempory music programme and cinema


The Factory

A 100 seater multi purpose performance centre located in Sligo town hosting its own theatre company Blue Raincoat


Sligo Jazz Project

The Sligo Jazz Project holds  one of the most important jazz education events in Europe. It also runs smaller local, national and international events throughout the year and promotes local jazz and world music acts.


Sligo Live Festival

Sligo Live is a national music festival featuring acoustic, traditional and roots music. It has gained a reputation as one of the most laid back, friendly and fun music festivals in Ireland.



Sligo Summer Festival

This outdoor music event takes place each August in Sligo City Centre, lighting up Sligo with a carnival atmosphere 



Enjoy Sligo Races

This course is one of the most scenic in the country, overlooked by Knocknarea and Benbulben Mountain, and only 1km from Sligo City centre.  Come and enjoy the races with the Sligo Southern Hotel



Toff's Nightclub

One of Sligo's outstanding nightclubs within a 10 minute walk of our Sligo town hotel. Special Concession Rates available, check at reception