Sligo: Things To Do, Family Friendly Accommodation, Trip Ideas
If you want a family holiday without the worry of delayed flights and language barriers, then why not make the most of what’s right on our doorstep?
There are some gorgeous destinations around Ireland, including the stunning county of Sligo, in Connaught. Sligo is a county of extraordinary beauty and vivid contrast in its lakes and forests, mountains and rivers; with incredible historical sites and the Wild Atlantic Way all easily accessible from modern comfort and relaxation.
Where To Stay
Yeats Country Hotel is a great jumping off point for the perfect family holiday by the sea. Located in Rosses Point, the hotel is only 5 minutes walk from a magnificent blue flag beach, and the excellent Co. Sligo Championship Golf Course.
With a playzone for the under-4s; the Go!kids! club running morning activities & evening entertainment for children and teens; an 18m swimming pool (all complimentary for guests) and the luxurious Eros Spa for the adults; there's plenty to keep the whole family entertained without even getting in the car.
After all that, the Yeats Country Hotel's newly refurbished family rooms, which cater for 2 Adults and up to 4 children; are sure to give you, and your little ones, a restful night's sleep
Special offer for eumom readers
Great news! Yeats Country Hotel currently have a fantastic offer on: Enjoy two nights B&B plus one evening meal, for two adults and up to two children in one of their great family rooms, from only €279. That includes full use of the Award Winning Leisure Club, and Special Rates for Mums and Dads at Eros Spa! How good does that sound?!
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Things To Do
Fancy playing a few holes?
- County Sligo Golf Club at Rosses Point is one of the oldest and best-known links courses in Ireland. It’s not only a great course, but also a picturesque place to play a round of golf; with the Atlantic Ocean to the west, and Benbulben dominating the northern skyline.
Want to get back to nature?
- Why not get a guided tour of Woodville farm; which will take you through mature woodland, green pastures and old farm buildings to show a wide range of farm animals and poultry in their natural surroundings. You can see, feed, and even hold some of the resident animals, and help to collect eggs from the free-range hens.
- Why not head to Loughkey Forest & Activity Park, which is home to a whole range of family activities including Zipit tree-top adventure courses, and Boda Borg’s incredible engaging activity centre; full of imaginative puzzles, enjoyable tasks…and no instructions! Loughkey also offers a whole range of other options, to suit just how adventurous you feel; just a 30 minute drive from Sligo town.
What To See
The holidays are a great opportunity to learn a bit more about the land you live in; so why not explore some of the local sights while you’re staying?
What better way to see the landscape than from the water?
- Sligo Boat Charters offer you the rare opportunity to see wildlife, including seal colonies up close; as well as providing opportunities to explore fairy forts, and even take a dip in some of Sligo's cleanest waters.
- Alternatively, you could take a trip on the Rose of Innisfree tour boat, and see the Isle of Innisfree (immortalised by W. B. Yeats,) which is located on Lough Gill, one of Ireland's most beautiful lakes. Leave from the 17th Century Parkes Castle and take an unforgettable journey through an area steeped in folklore and legend.
Is history your real passion?
- Visit the megalithic cemetery of Carrowmore. It forms part of a huge complex of Stone Age remains connecting Carrowkeel, the Ox Mountains, and the Cuil Irra Peninsula, where the alleged tomb of Queen Maeve, dominates the western skyline from atop Knocknarea Mountain.
- Sligo is certainly an area steeped in History and Mythology. The Creevykel court tomb is the finest example of a classic court tomb, with full court, in Ireland; and was built between 3,000 and 3,500 BC.
Are you a fan of W. B. Yeats?
- As well as Innisfree, W.B.Yeats fans should visit Lissadell House; the childhood home of Constance Markievicz, where Yeats would often visit. It now holds a forestry and Wildlife reserve; as well as a number of exhibitions.
- Glencar Waterfall, which inspired Yeats’ poem ‘The Stolen Child’, can be viewed from a delightful wooded walk where toilets and picnic facilities are available.
- The Yeats Memorial Building includes a Yeats exhibition, as well as special exhibits, and The Hyde Bridge Gallery.
- Finally, you can visit the resting place of W. B. Yeats at Drumcliffe Church, and read the famous epitaph: "Cast a cold eye on life, on death, horseman pass by".
Wet Weather Activities
The great outdoors can be great in sunshine and in showers; but sometimes when the weather doesn’t live up to expectations, it’s nice to stay dry! But this doesn’t have to mean you’re bored; as Sligo has lots of great indoor activities to enjoy too.
Want to get the whole family active?
- Vertigo is a new and unique indoor adventure zone, incorporating a purpose-built climbing wall, a Hurricane Simulator and a thrilling High Ropes adventure course for older children and adults alike. Vertigo can be found at Funny Bones House Of Fun, just outside Sligo Town; which also has ball pits, play areas, and go-karting
- At Hullabaloo, you can paint your very own pottery. It’s easy to create a unique masterpiece or a perfect personalised gift for your friends or family; and they have hundreds of different bisque shapes to choose from.
Want to make new furry and feathered friends?
- With indoor and outdoor areas, Eagles Flying is quite a sight! The sanctuary is home to about 350 birds and animals, and the sanctuary’s unique method of working with animals makes it possible to allow them as close as possible to visitors. The Eagles Flying Show is a fun and educational sight for all the family; with scientists on hand to present information and answer questions.
- There’s also a Touch Zoo; where visitors can make friends with guinea-pigs, rabbits, pigs, lambs, goats, donkeys, ferrets, and many more. Once there, you can meet Rosie the 350 kg pig, who gives kids a proper piggy-back ride; Grizzly the racoon, who is a gifted pickpocket; Tui and Allan, the tame foxes; and even Monty, the 4 meter Python!
Or why not get properly soaked?
- The Yeats Country Hotel has an 18m swimming pool, and a kids pool which is handily overlooked by the large jacuzzi. If you want to make full use of the facilities, there's also a gym, sauna, steam room, and spa; complete with seaweed baths.
Fun For Kids
It’s great to get away as a family; but sometimes it’s also lovely to have the opportunity to do your own thing. While the adults are relaxing, or going off on their own adventure; it’s great for kids to be able to let loose, make new friends, and try all sorts of things they’ve never done before.
- Go!kids! Club is complimentary for guests of the Yeats Country Hotel. It's open 8 hours a day; offering all sorts of activities including swimming, variety shows, family events, Arts and Crafts, music, treasure hunts, face painting, picnics, movie nights, and much, much more. Go!kids! activities are geared towards all age groups from toddlers to teens, so it's a family holiday where everyone can play.