Picturesque Scene at Ireland's Most Northernmost Port City
Sligo is a popular tourist destination in Ireland, known for the scenic beauty of its countryside and also for its literary ties to poet laureate W.B. years and the writer Spike Milligan. This pretty Worldwide Gifts fridge magnet photo is a nice souvenir from Ireland, and its locale a pleasant place to visit during your Irish vacation.
The River Garavogue runs through County Sligo and its mouth opens into the Atlantic Ocean, creating a port location that has been in use since the Neolithic era. Sligo's name means "shelly place," referring to the vast number of seashells dug up during the building of the town. The river estuary area is rich in marine resources, with a great shell-fish industry providing much of the town's economy in addition to tourism.
Attractions of Sligo
Sligo Abbey is one of the interesting ruins of the area and a popular place for tourists to explore, built in 1253 and partially restored in 1850, now open to the public. The beautiful Lissadell House is another intriguing place to visit. It was built in the early 1800s and was the childhood home of the famous Irish revolutionary, Constance, Gore-Booth. The famous poet, William Butler Yeats, is known to have spent holidays here as well and made the house famous in one of his notable poems.
Beyond its historical buildings and homes, Sligo provides a wealth of natural beauty with its gorgeous countryside, including such places as Carrowmore with its megalithic tombs, and Knocknarea, a monolithic-looking hill just outside town. Benbulbin is another large, monolithic rock that is part of the Dartry Mountains and a beautiful sight that should be included in your Sligo itinerary.
If you'd like to walk in the footsteps of Yeats and bring along a fishing pole, Lough Gill was one of his favorite fishing spots where you could try your luck.