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Strandhill - Sligos Top Tourist Destination

Posted last April 26, 2012, 6:26 am in Travel Guide report article




Nestled beneath the shadow of the Iron Queen who lies in state on the summitt of Mount Knocknarea; Strandhill is an area of unrivaled natural beauty and widely undiscovered attractions. While predominantly known as a top surfing destinaton in Europe the area offers so much more. Surfing the Strandhill waves is now one of the top destinations for surfers worldwide as they try to negotiate one of the most magnificent breaking waves in the world ...there are four surf schools located in the village and all are more than willing to take you on the waves for groups of 2 - 32 and all equipment is supplied.

The regional airport for the north-west lies in Strandhill and located closeby is the stunning Strandhill Golf Course, one of the many courses designed by legendary golf course developer Eddie Hackett. Strandhill is located on the Strandhill peninsula and in an area which has developed significantly over the last decade and now Strandhill boasts many attractions for family, the adventure seeker or the romantic getaway.

Sligo is repudiated as being where the first settlers came to Ireland. The Carrowmore tombs, located only five minutes away by car have megalithic burial chambers that pre-date the pyramids an amazing past of 7,000 years and are among the oldest structures in the known world. The court cairn which is the grave of Queen Medb on Knocknarea overlooks the tombs of Carrowmore and is magnificently haunting when viewed on a crisp winters day and enchanting when experienced in the warm summer sun. The sight of watching the sun sink into Strandhill bay with Knocknarea as its backdrop conjures up the mythical beauty that WB Yeats often wrote about.

One of the main attractions in Strandhill village is the Voya Seaweed baths where it is possible to cleanse and relax the soul in the ocean water with a bath of natural seaweed or indulge in a full body massage, hot stone massage or perhaps a full body wrap to tintilise the senses which is part of the many features within this magnificent experience. Voya now export their natural produce world-wide and their relaxing SPA is accreditated across Ireland.

Strandhill offers many magnificent restaurants and dining options


including the 'Trá Bán', 'The Venue', 'The BellaVista' and Jade Garden Chinese Restaurant. The renowned Strand Bar and Tra Bán Restaurant boast a fine mix of Haute cuisine and traditional pub atmosphere. The BellaVista Bar Italian and Family Restaurant offer families the ideal and friendly location to relax casually with a fantastic wide ranging family friendly menu. The Venue Bar and Restaurant located adjacent to the Strandhill Lodge and Suites; overlooks Strandhill Bay and offers diners an excellent choice a la carte menu. Shells Cafe now renound in Sligo for their great comfort food is located on the seafront and Mama Johnstons Ice Cream parlour complete what is a fantastic array of options for the village.

For a drink and some live music after your meal you have a selection of fine bars including the The Venue, Brees, the Bellavista, The Dunes Tavern and of course the Strand Bar – and after your round of golf you also have a fabulous bar and restaurant in the newly re-furbished Strandhill Golf Club. The County Fleadh Cheoil traditional music festival takes place on the June Bank Holiday, which will bring the best musicians Sligo has to offer to Strandhill. Even on a regular weekend night it is possible to get live music in all of the bars in the village. From June to September there is live music 7 nights a week; with the famous Kathy Jordan from Dervish holding a Sunday night spot in the 'Strand Bar',

The last weekend in August is the Warriors Run festival, the largest triathlon event in Ireland which brings hundreds of visitors to the village in what has become one of the finest festivals of its kind in Ireland..with street partiesm live music and the best of craic.

For accommodation in Strandhill

– the luxury 4 star accommodation in the Strandhill Lodge and Suites, which is a new 4 Star guesthouse located on the top road in Strandhill Village, The Strandhill Lodge and Suites offers guests magnificent scenery, top class accommodation and a warm welcome to all guests. Although the premises has no bar or restaurant it has a charming breakfast room where guests can avail of a fresh and comprehensive continental breakfast.

This new accommodation in Strandhill which was voted Top 13th Place to stay in the world for 2012 by 'Tripadvisor' also boasts the accolade of being the top 3rd place in Ireland and is revered for being a luxurious and affordable place to stay. It is the number 1 place to stay in the province of Connacht and in County Sligo.

The Strandhill Lodge and Suites has a Mixture of superior 2 room suites, rooms with patio access and Balconies which all overlook Strandhill Golf Course, the Atlantic Ocean and Strandhill Village. On a summers evening you can sit from the comfort of your balcony and watch the sunset into the atllantic. A breathtaking sight. The rooms are furnished to the highest standard; and although classified as a four star guesthouse - this family run establishment adorns all the plushness and modern conveniences of a four-star hotel. With awards from the AA, Georgina Campbell and Failte Ireland - the Strandhill Lodge and Suites barely a year old has made an impression on this picturesque seaside village.

The 'Fommers Guide' recently voted Ireland the top destination for 2011 and it also mentioned that horse trekking in the North West was among the top attractions.


Within five mins of Strandhill it is possible to do a horse trek along the wonderful coastline of Co Sligo with the Markree Riding Stables. You can also fish, shoot, take a tour - do a spot of deep sea fishing, kayaking or a host of other vibrant activities.

For the Literary and folklore enthusiast the resting place of WB Yeats lies across the bay beneath Ben Bulben but it is Knocknarea with its mythology and easy accessible terrain which attracts cyclists and hillwalking enthusiasts. The picturesque countryside location is offers revellers a chance to walk the lands where much of WB Yeats' poetry was written and inspired. The legendary battlefield of Cú Cullan, Fionn MacCool and the Tale of the Táin bo Cualigne are all inter-woven into the fabric of this magnificent countryside. You can visit the lovers cave of Diarmuid and Grainne in their eternal quest to find peace.

This uniquely Irish location; surrounded by a thriving local population can offer the most relaxing break imaginable. Serenity and beauty are in abundance on this gem of the north-west; with adventure and exploring during the day, fine restaurants in the evening and a great pint with a song at night - sure where else would you be?