Our guide to Adventures in Sligo this Summer for the Young at Heart, seniors, active retirees, pre-retirees and everyone in between! We’ve got you covered.
Fancy an adventure? Miss the great outdoors? Want a new experience?
Then Sligo is the place to be this Summer. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and let your adventurous side out by day and enjoy ‘world-class’ food and accommodation by night.
Now sit back with a cuppa and plan your next adventure in Sligo.
Pic: Conor Doherty
Sightseeing Eco Tourism Boat Tours:
A popular option with Sligo Boat Charters is the short 2 hour
sightseeing and eco tourism tour departing from Rosses Point Pontoon by appointment. Guests can bask in the beauty of Rosses Point (and enjoy the beach and some delighftul cafes, bars and restaurants afterwards) from the sea where you will hear a little on the real Yeats connection to Rosses Point and the “Yeats County”, see the 18th century lighthouses, Oyster and Coney Island, Sligo Port and Shipping Channels, the old Coast Guard Stations and even hear a little bit about the old pirates and sailors who frequented the area before finishing up with a visit to the local seal colony! Guests will get a chance to relax and take in the fresh salty air, relax and hear the cry of the seagulls on the way back in. Highly recommended!
Fancy horse riding on a beautiful sandy beach? Make your dream come true! Between Benbulben mountain and the Atlantic Ocean, discover a bespoke trek made especially for you .The Island View Riding Stables 1 hour beach trek is ideal for individuals, couples and groups of friends. It’s your ticket to a secret beach that is not accessible otherwise. The option is also available for the 1.5 or 2 hour version if you want to immerse yourself in nature for a little longer. Regardless of your skill level you can enjoy the wonderful trip suitable for all abilities. The stables will send an extra guide so experienced riders can get a refreshing canter whilst beginners go at a more leisurely pace. Walk along the seashore or splash through the waves. The experience can be as serene and gentle or as exhilarating and adventurous as you require.
For a bit of a Getaway there is also the option of a short break with 2 nights in a 3 star hotel, dinner and 5 hours horse riding. Check out Island View Riding stables for more details.
Take your wellbeing into safe hands on the tranquil sands of Sligo Beaches this summer. You will find Blaithin Sweeney, Your Wellbeing Warrior guiding gentle healing beach yoga sessions on Strandhill Beach, Streedagh Beach and Enniscrone all Summer long.
These Yoga sessions are suitable for adults of all ages and abilities. You are invited to simply sit and breathe along or move in time and get your stretch on. For those feeling the need for an additional wellbeing boost Blaithin provides the option of receiving distant-Reiki energy healing while you practice.
Taking your yoga practice outdoors enhances your connection to healing mother earth, the aliveness of the ocean and the nourishment of daylight. Whether living in Sligo or visiting you can register your interest to receive updates or contact Blaithin to find where the next soothing session is taking place.
Sligo Kayak Tours run guided kayak trips daily in the beautiful
lakes and estuaries of the County Sligo area. No experience is necessary and all equipment is supplied for a relaxing, fun day on the water. These relaxing tours are three hours in length and include a stop for tea, coffee and cookies. Come and enjoy the outdoors with Sligo Kayak Tours this Summer
Sailing Day Trips:
Come Sail on the Wild Atlantic Way with Wild West Sailing.
Experience the unique mountain and coastal views, Take a sunset sail and immerse yourself in the spellbinding beauty of the Northwest. Set sail from Rosses Point or Mullaghmore in Sligo, explore the breathtaking coastline or cruise around the historic Inishmurray Island.
Then sail back to base to enjoy the local craic!
Canadian Canoe Tours:
Wild Wet Adventures offer amazing Canadian Canoe Tours. The beauty of open boat canoeing, or Canadian canoeing as it is also referred to, is that it is a very accessible activity for both young and old alike. Often referred to as the purist form of water travel, it was invented by the Inuit’s as a way of using the natural highway of rivers and lakes to move people and equipment quickly and safely throughout the wild areas of North America and Canada. Enjoy canoeing in a group or as an individual. Through modern equipment and shaping methods canoeing has become an easy and relaxed way of exploring our beautiful local river systems, as well as the wonderful Lough Talt and Temple House lake. Wild Wet Adventures will introduce you to the many benefits, both physical and mental, to be gained through taking part in the outdoor activities provided in stunning location’s in Sligo.
Take a Hike!
Fancy some refreshing sea air? Auriel from Seatrails will bring you on a captivating guided walk by the sea or easy hike in the mountains of Sligo to fascinating places that take you back in time.
You will be well informed on archaeology, history and geology and can enjoy fresh air, nature and stunning scenery. Auriel has a variety of walks and hikes to suit all ages and abilities and will cater for your needs’. Book a tour with her and enjoy!
For the hiking enthusiast we recommend Northwest Adventure Tours. They will guide you on some of Sligo’s most popular mountain hikes. From the iconic table topped wonder that is Benbulben to Benwiskin and beyond. Expect stunning scenery, enchanting stories, tasty coffee and great craic.
Ever dreamed of learning to surf? Whether you are 40, 50, 60, or well into the age of retirement and you want to tick surfing off your list then you’ve come to the right place. Surfing doesn’t have an age limit. It’s never too late to start!
Surfing is a magical sport but may seem unattainable for those of us who have no experience, especially if you’re on the north side of 50. But if you have a keen sense of adventure and a ‘can do’ attitude, it’s never too late to learn.
Stand Up Paddle:
Stand-up paddleboarding, also known as SUP is one of the fastest growing watersports in the world and you can do it all over Sligo. Instructors will teach you the correct techniques and in a short time you will gain confidence and be gliding across the water.
You can join the legendary crew at Harbour SUP at Enniscrone pier for an unforgettable Summer experience on the ocean. Definitely one for the list. You will not be disappointed.
For your Sligo town fix of Stand Up Paddle you can check out Northwest Adventure Tours
Climbing on rock is an addictive, enjoyable activity that has many benefits, both physical and psychological. Carraig Climbing specialise in outdoor rock climbing, abseiling and adventure in spectacular locations along the Wild Atlantic Way in Sligo. No experience is necessary, we encourage people of all ages and abilities to try this wonderful sport. So if you haven’t rock climbed before just grab your sense of adventure and start here!
We all look forward to reopening when it is safe to do so and cant wait to see you all in the wilds of Sligo. For more activities see our Full Lisitings on Adventure Sligo