Wild Atlantic Ways will help you see all the key attractions along the Northwest coast of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. Take your time and travel the back roads and lanes that cross Ireland’s landscape.
The guided Sligo Day Tour operates all year round and explores both the well known, and the little known landmarks stretched across one of Ireland’s most beautiful counties. Small group tours (max 16 persons) explore the roads less travelled and Ireland’s hidden attractions.
This tour starts in Sligo town and visits:
Strandhill – This seaside village, located in the shadow of Knocknarea Mountain and Queen Maeve’s Cairn, is a surfing mecca, buzzing with coffee shops, ice cream parlours and surf schools. Groups will stop long enough to enjoy a coffee and learn about the local history and folklore.
Carrowmore Tombs – This is the largest cemetery of megalithic tombs in Ireland and is also among the country’s oldest, with monuments ranging from 5,000 to 5,800 years old. Archaeologists have recorded over 60 tombs, of which 30 are visible. A restored cottage offers an exhibition about the site. Access to the tombs may be difficult for people with disabilities. Visitors are advised to wear shoes suitable for walking on uneven terrain. Admission is included in tour price. *Open April to October.
Rosses Point – Famous for its never ending sandy beaches, unique light houses and sea views.
Mullaghmore – This location offers the Atlantic Coastal Road, a fishing harbour, a sheltered beach and Classiebawn Castle, the former home to Lord Louis Mountbatten. Panoramic views of the Darty mountain range provide a backdrop as the tour delves deep into Ireland’s history.
Gleniff Horseshoe Valley – This mystical and mysterious valley stretches deep into the Darty mountain range. It is home to the highest cave in Ireland. Its landscape is brimming with folklore and home to one of Ireland’s most tragic love stories.
Drumcliff – Home to the ruins of an ancient monastery founded by St.Columcille and the Drumcliff High Cross, this unique location is also the final resting place of the Nobel Prize winning poet, William Butler Yeats.
Glencar Lake & Waterfalls – This secluded valley, framed by Kings Mountain to the north and Cope’s Mountain to the south, is home to one of the tallest waterfalls in Ireland. The remains of an ancient Irish ‘crannog’ still exist in the shallows of the lake.
After this relaxing finish, the tour returns to Sligo town.