The Benbulben Craft Village is a beautifully restored farm yard from the 17th Century, situated at the foot of Benbulben near the final resting place of W.B. Yeats. The craft village is set on a 100 acre farm that stretches to the sea in an area of north Sligo that has an ancient historical and mythological past.
Local folklore tells of the legendary Battle Of The Books 561 AD, where the High King and St. Colmcille engaged in battle on the slopes of Benbulben. Old sea stories tell of sunken Spanish galleons off the coast in the epic golden age of Queen Elizabeth when, the Spanish Armada was defeated and driven onto the rocky shore. This rich and dramatic landscape inspired Yeats’ most evocative romantic period poetry and has continued to inspire and attract artists and adventurers to the area.
The Benbulben Craft Village provides an ideal environment for creative artwork and the yard has been transformed into a creative hub for the north west. ‘The pottery Shop’ hosts international artists and displays award winning ceramic artwork alongside traditional tableware. Pottery courses are available throughout the year for all levels with Ian Carty and Dave McLoughlin, with guest workshops and masterclasses in character modelling and figurative artwork with Philip Brett.
‘Glasscraft’ offers stained glass and fused glass decorative work, with a beautiful range of glass lamps on commission. Larger installation work and restoration work will be lovingly brought to life by Enda Clarke in his studio and on site.
Colm Brennan, master woodturner, creates award winning pieces from native wood, Colm is also the chairman of the Sligo chapter of the Irish woodturning Guild. Colm runs an open workshop and welcomes visitors to watch him work.
Wild Heart Metalsmith Mirjam Schiller creates unique sterling silver jewellry lovingly handcrafted using traditional silversmithing techniques from gemstone setting to lost wax casting. Mirjam works on commission making bespoke pieces for the romantic heart. Wildheart also stocks a range of vintage clothing for every occasion.
The Yeats Country Antiques Auction house is a great way to enjoy a stroll down memory lane, go treasure hunting and see what bargains you may find. Antique furniture is lovingly restored and brought back to life on the premises.
The vintage Lane Gallery and Coffee shop offers a chance to take in the village atmosphere and talk about your adventures along the wild atlantic way. All food is locally sourced and prepared to the highest standard for you to enjoy.
The farmers market on Saturday is a real hive of activity, produce and crafts are bought and sold in a friendly community market every weekend, with live guest musicians and buskers providing entertainment. Ample parking is available.