It’s great to escape for a few days but the hassle of flying (especially with children) can leave you more exhausted than when you started.
We’re so lucky in Ireland to have a host of amazing staycation options right on our doorstep and in a new series, we’ll be looking at different destinations and what they have to offer.
This week, it’s Sligo!
How To Get There
Sligo is a 2hr and 40 minutes drive from Dublin on the M4 and N4, while Irish Rail runs trains from Dublin Connolly to MacDiarmada (three hours, from €19.99). Bus Eireann also operates a bus service to Sligo Town (3hr 30mins, €18.52).
Where To Stay
The Clarion Hotel in Sligo is overlooked by Benbulben mountain, with two historic churches on the grounds. It is also home to the Essence spa, where you can indulge in a facial with products from the gorgeous Payot range.
The Great Southern Hotel Sligo is centrally located in Sligo Town and the hotel’s rooms are inspired by the its rich history (having been built in 1928).
If you’re looking for modern surroundings and edgy design, try The Glasshouse (below) – which includes the fabulous The Kitchen restaurant helmed by chef Alan Fitzmaurice.
The Sligo Park Hotel is another great spot, perfectly located on the Wild Atlantic Way.
Sligo is such a brilliant location for those who love the outdoors, with Knocknarea mountain proving the perfect route for a hike. Benbulben and Strandhill Beach are two other beauty spots that are definitely worth checking out, alongside Rosses Point and Glencar Lake.
Lissadell House And Gardens, famous as the childhood home of Constance Markievicz and her sister Eva Gore-Booth, was immortalised by poet W.B. Yeats and has since been restored to its former glory. It is open to visitors at certain times of the year and has a café and adventure centre on site.
Where To Eat
The Venue in Strandhill is one of the best locations in the area for fresh seafood, with dishes including Lissadell Mussels Marinére and Fresh Whole Seabass on the menu. Eala Bhan has won a host of awards for its artisan take on locally sourced produce, while Rugantino‘s is perfect for anyone craving some authentic Italian.
For a fine dining treat, head to the Coopershill Luxury Country House for a classic and indulgent meal – with the restaurant boasting that the distance from farm to plate for 75 per cent of the ingredients is about 200 metres!