Map of local area
In The Area - Things to Do
There are so many activities, restaurants, beaches etc to enjoy in the area. Take a look at some suggestions below and also see our Driving Tour page and Activities page.
Walking on Mullaghmore beach
Tattie Hoaker Farm, just about a mile from the Benwiskin Centre, produces vegetables that are certified 100% organic by the IOFGA (Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association). You can also order from the website to arrange next day delivery within a 5km radius of the farm, or collect from the farm if you wish.
Telephone Aidan Gillan on 086 157 5623 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you choose to eat out, there is a wide selection of restaurants and pubs within a 10-mile radius of the hostel, to suit all budgets and tastes. Please see selection below:
Less than 4 miles:
Eithna's by the Sea, Mullaghmore +353 (0)86 8515607, featuring in John and Sally McKennas' Guides, "Where to Eat and Stay on the Wild Atlantic Way", award-winning Seafood Restaurant overlooks the harbour in Mullaghmore, Friendly, family-run restaurant that caters for casual dining. Booking advisable.
Harrisons Bar & Restaurant, Cliffoney +353 (0)71 916 612
Pier Head Hotel, Mullaghmore +353 (0)71 9166171
Beach Hotel, Mullaghmore +353 (0)71 916 6103
Less than 7 miles:
Less than 9 miles:
Take a walk or ride on Cliffoney Beach/The Back Strand
Mullaghmore – less than 5 miles away, beautiful beach with Mullaghmore fishing harbour and village, calm sea in Summer for children to swim and play in. On rougher days, you’ll see all the surfers around Mullaghmore Head braving the waves trying to catch the famous 'big waves'. Mullaghmore is one of the 'discovery points' on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way.
Bundoran – within easy reach of the town, lots of activity, amusements, hotels here
Streedagh – scene of one of the Armada ships being shipwrecked here, lovely long stretch of sand with fun sun dunes for kids to play in
Strandhill – very popular with surfers, becoming imminently more popular due to its famous seaweed baths here and Shells Cafe
Rossnowlagh – you can drive onto this beach in Donegal – packed on hot summer days with families and ice-cream vans!
Cliffoney – hidden away off the beaten track, beautiful scenic beach where you will see horses galloping along coming from the riding schools nearby but not recommended for swimmers due to tides
Tralua Trail Running invites people of all abilities to take part in the active enjoyment of Sligo's wilder, more out-of-the-way places, including glacier-carved highlands, wooded hillsides and foreshores formed by wind and wave.
Tel. +353 86 301 5451
Tralua Trail Running - Gavin Macarthur
Massage & Reflexology
Kathleen McGowan Massage Therapist
+353 87 4170243
Cloud 10 Therapies Massage & Reflexology
+ 353 86 3974099
Horse Riding on the beach and dunes with Island View Riding Stables
Island View Riding Stables, Grange +353 (0)71 9166156
Ideal for families, riding lessons can be taken in the arena or if you prefer a hack, choose from mountain trails to gallops along the beach. Carriage tours also available here.
Sligo Horse Races
Indoor Play Centres
Bundoran – along the sea front next to Waterworld
Grange – opposite the Church
Pubs, Music & Entertainment
Pier Head, Mullaghmore
Beach Hotel, Mullaghmore
Bird & Eagle Watching
Eagles Flying at Ballymote
W.B. Yeat's Grave in Drumcliffe
Visit Queen Maeve's Grave on Knocknarea
Sligo Folk Park – Museum & Craft Centre, Riverstown
Exhibitions, Music, Events, Education
Cycling around Ballintrillick
Cycling is a popular sport around the North West of Ireland and you will see many clubs out at the weekend. Walking & Cycling Route Leaflet (also available at The Benwiskin Centre)
There are numerous beautiful scenic walks to enjoy around the Benwiskin Centre. Bookelts are available at The Benwiskin Centre €2 each or click here
For walks in Sligo Town and surronding areas, click here
Fishing & Angling
Ewings +353 (0)86 891 3618
Inishmurray Island Boat Trips
Why not enroll in a course at The Organic Centre in Rossinver, Co. Leitrim whilst staying with us? The Centre is approx. 30 mins. from here promoting Organic Gardening, Horticulture and a Sustainable Lifestyle.
Local Bus Service
For Local Link Bus service, route 983 from Ballintrillick, Tawley, Kinlough, Buckode Pier, Bundoran and Ballyshannon, click here for timetable.
For Local Link Bus service route 982 summer service from Sligo to Rossnowlagh, click here for timetable.
To find out more about local attractions, have a look at the Sligo and Donegal Visitor's Guide, which has been put together by the staff of My Ireland Tour.