Sligo is really making its mark as the undiscovered picture-perfect holiday destination. The Wild Atlantic Way, the scenery, the history and heritage are not secrets anymore. Now it’s time to shout about the outstanding selection of adrenaline pumping adventure activities?
Sligo’s natural surroundings provide a perfect location for so many activities. It’s no wonder so many small enterprises have popped up ready to introduce you to the very best we have to offer. Like the water? Your adventure could be surfing, kayak tours, sailing, SUPing or angling. If you’d rather keep your feet on solid ground then horse riding, rock climbing, walking or hikes with an archaeological guide might be for you. Sligo is a mecca for outdoor fun, so don’t miss this hidden gem along the Wild Atlantic Way and book a few nights getaway today.
Here’s just a taster of what’s happening in Sligo this June, to help plan your best holiday ever:
Saturday 1st June
Glencar to the Mines Yoga Hike with ‘Wellbeing with Blaithín’
Starting from Glencar Waterfall, hike up and over the back of the Dartry range to visit the old Benbulben Barite Mine. The hike is classified Grade B due to a moderately challenging ascent followed by a long but easy mountaintop ramble to the mines. The Yoga session is as always designed for all abilities with options provided for both beginner and advanced yogi enthusiasts. No Mats required, snack and beverage provided. Bring water and extra bites of your preference.
Wednesday 5th June
4 hour Island ride with Island View Riding Stables
Any riders dream; discover the unspoilt and expansive beaches on horseback! Feel the thrill of crossing an Atlantic channel to O’Connor’s or Dernish Island. Your horse can enjoy the salty island grass while you relax, have a snack and explore the sites of ancient farm life on the island. A group of young horses and our dry stock cattle herd roam the islands. Seals and migratory birds can often be spotted in the estuary.
Experienced riders will have plenty of opportunity for an exhilarating gallop and some jumping over stone walls (optional). This ride needs to be arranged in advance as departure time depends on the tide.
Price: Children €83 Adults €108
Booking: Contact 071-9166156
Starting Thursday 6th June (6 week series)
Summer SUP Series with Sligo Bay SUP
Sign up for a 6 week SUP series with Sligo Bay SUP beginning on Thursday 6th June. 6.30-9.30pm.
The series moves around to different locations including Streedagh, Lissadell, Mullaghmore, Lough Gill, Bonnet River, Raghley Harbour and Doorly Park. All necessary gear is provided.
You’re also welcome to bring your own board. All instructors have ASI qualifications and hold first aid and current water rescue.
Price: €150 per adult €100 per child under 16.
Booking: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 087-6001588.
Friday 21st June
Carrowkeel Solstice Hike
This ramble up the back hills to Carrowkeel will bring you past a vanishing village and onto the ancient Carrowkeel tombs pre-dating the pyramids. The hike is classified Grade C and is an easy paced ramble mostly on well-defined trails. The Yoga session is beginner-friendly and will include guided meditations to align you with solstice sun energy and the ancient wisdom of the tombs. No Mats required, snack and beverage provided. Bring water and extra bites of your preference. Takes place from 7-10pm.
Saturday 22nd June
Kayak and yoga adventure with Sligo Kayak Tours
This collaboration between Sligo Kayak Tours and Salt and Soul Wellness Studio will take you on a peaceful kayak to Beezies Island across tranquil waters. Here you will roll out the yoga mats and flow through a 60-minute Vinyasa Flow sequence, saluting the sun to soothing sounds of the water and surrounded in nature. After the yoga, indulge in a nutritious fruit salad and granola bowl with a cup of tea and coffee before heading back to shore.
No experience necessary to take part, all equipment will be provided for you. Gets underway from 8.30am-1.30pm.
June, July, August – see dates below
Sligo Coastal Discovery Camp with Seatrails
Seatrails Summer Camp is designed to allow your children to engage with and explore the natural landscape and learn about their surroundings. It will be spread over two days in the beautiful and popular Strandhill area of Co. Sligo. The camp is fun, adventurous and lead by Marine Archaeologist, Auriel Robinson.
- Location: Strandhill Promenade Day 1 and Knocknarea Mountain Day 2
- 2 Day Camp, 10 am-12.30 pm
- Dates: June (25/26), July (4/5, 18/19, 30/31), August (13/14, 21/22, 27/28)
- Camps for ages 8 to 12 years and 10 to 16 years
- Book by 10th June 2019
June 20th/21st or 22nd/23rd
2 Day Adult Sailing Course with Wild West Sailing
Sign up for a sailing weekend on Lough Gill and learn skills like, sailing and steering, sail setting and trimming, wind awareness and points-of-sail, basic sailing knots and ropework plus much more. Complete beginners welcome, your instructor will be guiding you throughout the entire experience.
Surfing Lessons on Strandhill Beach
Book a surfing lesson on with Sligo Surf Experience or Strandhill Surf Experience this June and discover why surfing is such a popular activity here in Sligo. We have some of the finest locations in Ireland for surfing so breath in the sea breeze and explore the waves.
Booking: Strandhill Surf Experience: Call Eddie on 087-6523351
Sligo Surf Experience: Call Seamus on 087-7471915