Photo credit – Eagles Flying
By Elaine Whelan
One of Ireland’s most adventurous counties, there are countless options to fill your days while visiting Sligo. So much so that you may have to come back again to fit it all in! Sligo sits perfectly near the top of the world famous Wild Atlantic Way and boasts views that are to die for. What are you waiting for?
Sligo Folk Park
This family friendly attraction provides a true experience of rural life and Irish heritage at the turn of the late 19th Century. The Folk Park is set in the grounds of the authentically restored Millview House, which was originally built in 1873. For a trip down memory lane stroll around the six-acre park and visit the wonderful museum and 12 different exhibitions which contain Ireland’s finest collections of rural history and agricultural artefacts.
Sligo is home to the Eagles Flying Centre, Ireland’s largest sanctuary for raptors and owls which is situated on more than 27 acres of mature parklands near Ballymote. There are more than 450 birds and animals in the centre so there is so much to see! Visitors who enjoy their furry friends can get hands-on with guinea-pigs, pigs, rabbits, lambs, goats, donkeys, ferrets, and many more. However, visitors who would rather opt for a feathered friend can get up close and personal with these majestic bites in the interactive bird shows.
Sligo boasts countless picturesque beaches which line the Wild Atlantic Way. These stretches of pristine sandy shores aren’t usually as overcrowded as beaches in other coastal counties so you will be sure to relax in private. Choose from the blue flag Rosses Point, the white sands of Dunmoran Strand or Lissadell and Mullaghmore if you find yourself at the top of the county.
Ben Bulben Forest Walk
Climbing the steep incline of Ben Bulben may not be possible with a bunch of smallies in tow but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the beauty of the unusual mountain. The Ben Bulben forest walk is buggy friendly so that even if their little legs get tired, you can still take your kids along for the stroll. Here you can soak up the sights and sound of the Sligo’s best-known natural wonder.
Caves of Keash
Also known as the ‘Keash Caves’ or the ‘Caves of Keshcorran’, these are a series of limestone caves found on the side of Keshcorran Hill near the little village of Keash in Sligo. Your kids will love exploring the caves and caverns as you walk along this walking route before stopping at the visitor centre and gift shop to learn about the early men that lived in the caves centuries ago.
Atlantic Alpaca Farm
Atlantic Way Alpaca Farm is a family run farm in Grange, North Sligo. The farm offers unique experiences like private alpaca walks, feeding baby lambs during lambing season and the opportunity to watch a live birth in the farm. The alpacas share the farm with cows, sheep, goats, ponies, pigs and a donkey named Bernard who are all very friendly and can’t wait to meet all of the visitors. You have to book in advance to visit as this is a private experience and not an open farm. https://www.facebook.com/wildatlanticwayalpacafarm/