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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.

On the beach looking towards MullaghmoreWalking on Mullaghmore beach

Local Produce

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

Eating Out

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:


Back Strand Cliffoney BeachTake 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

Go Running

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

Horse riding at Island ViewHorse 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

  • Harrisons, Cliffoney
  • O'Donnells, Cliffoney
  • Langs, Grange
  • Pier Head, Mullaghmore
  • Beach Hotel, Mullaghmore

Bird & Eagle Watching

Eagles Flying at BallymoteEagles Flying at Ballymote

Swimming Pools


  • 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 BallintrillickCycling 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
ligo Walks latest guides, downloads available here


Fishing & Angling

  • Ewings +353 (0)86 891 3618

Inishmurray Island Boat Trips

Innishmurray IslandInishmurray Island

Surfing Lessons




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.

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Co Sligo

Call: 071 91 76721

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Out of hours until:10pm daily
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