On the coastline of the north west of the republic of Ireland, Sligo county has a great mix of wild and untamed landscapes and some of the countries best beaches and seaside resort towns. W.B. Yeats, one of the counties most well known exports immortalised the beauty of the landscape in his poetry, but it is still there, largely unchanged for visitors to discover for themselves.
Sligo also has a long and rich heritage of Irish music - a tradition which continues today and can be enjoyed by visitors looking for some entertainment or those more serious musicians at events like the Queen Maeve International Summer school held annually in August in Sligo city. Fiddlers in particular are well represented in these parts and are a regular feature in the music sessions at local pubs.
Knocknarea Mountain just 7 kilometres west of Sligo city is a great and accessible place to experience the natural landscape. A climb to the top takes less than an hour and will reward the pilgrim with spectacular views over the windswept Atlantic coastline to the west. At the top there is a huge stone cairn, said to be the final resting place of Queen Maeve, the legendary celtic warrior who ruled the area centuries ago. Nearby Carrowmore cemetery is older than pyramids of Egypt.
The seaside towns are a great place for a family holiday, the beaches, and in particular the surf, of the area are fantastic and visitors can even learn to surf at towns like Enniscrone with it's well established surf school. Another natural bounty coming from the Atlantic is the organic seaweed which is harvested for use in hot therapeutic baths, one of Ireland's only traditional therapies that visitors can still enjoy.
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