My New Year’s Resolution is to explore more of Ireland, starting with County Sligo. What would you...

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What a fantastic New Year’s Resolution and your timing is perfect. County Sligo lies on the Wild Atlantic Way which is celebrating its tenth birthday this year! After ten years of this coastal stretch from Kinsale in County Cork to Malin Head in County Donegal being named the Wild Atlantic Way, the best way to honour it is to visit it. 

County Sligo itself is packed full of things to do. From visiting the lively streets of Sligo town to the white sandy beach of Mullaghmore Head, Sligo’s Table Mountain Ben Bulben, and other places where Irish writer WB Yeats has left his mark with his writing drawn on inspiration from the land. One particular place we love is the seaside town of Strandhill, so allow us to talk you through some great things to do there. 

A good breakfast with a strong cup of coffee in Honestly Kitchen will set you up well for a day of exploring. Honestly Kitchen sources their ingredients from their nearby organic farm on the edge of Lough Key, and their coffee is locally roasted, too. You’re going to love these fresh flavours and luckily they have a farm shop on site, so you can take some tasty treats home with you. 

Next, check out Strandhill Beach, which is loved by surfers worldwide. Watch experienced surfers take on some of the best beach breaks on the island of Ireland! If you’re inspired to give it a go yourself then Strandhill Surf School can help you out with their beginner, intermediate or private group lessons. 

If riding gnarly Atlantic Ocean waves isn’t your thing, then how about a walk instead? The Killaspugbrone Coastal Walk is about 6.8km, and runs from the promenade to the ruins of the church of Killaspugbrone, which is believed to have first been erected in the 5th century. Look out for the secluded The Nun’s Beach while you’re there! The walk then takes you back through Standhill’s town making this a great way to discover the whole Strandhill area. 

If you’re in town on a Sunday, make sure to visit the Strandhill People’s Market, which is hosted in Sligo Airport’s Hangar 1. You’ll find delicious local produce, handmade crafts, artwork and more – it’s a great way to meet the locals, too. 

It’s time for a bit of relaxation now, and VOYA Seaweed Baths is just the place to find it. Immerse yourself in one of these detoxifying baths filled with seaweed, which has been harvested from the Atlantic coast. The powers of seaweed are thought to be so great that they can even combat the effects of skin ageing! There are a few different treatment options here too, so check them out online before you book. 

Finally, when it comes to food, you’re spoiled for choice. Check out The Venue for fresh local seafood, or head into nearby Sligo town for dinner. It has lots of options including winner of the Irish Restaurant Award’s Best Restaurant 2023 Eala Bhán. 

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