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Miriam Kennedy's Sligo: the perfect place for a break on the Wild Atlantic Way

 

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Miriam Kennedy, head of the Wild Atlantic Way, Failte Ireland

Miriam Kennedy, head of the Wild Atlantic Way, Failte Ireland

Miriam Kennedy, head of the Wild Atlantic Way, Failte Ireland

Sligo, with its sensational coastline, and abundance of things to see and do, is the perfect place for a break on the Wild Atlantic Way.

If I arrived on Friday, I'd grab a bite at Hooked Restaurant. With beachy, fun decor and local and artisan suppliers, it's at the heart of Sligo's amazing food scene. Then I'd go see a performance at the Hawk's Well Theatre, or check out Sligo's music scene. 

On Saturday morning, I'd set myself up for the day with breakfast at Lyons Cafe and Bakeshop on Quay

Street, whose tearooms have been open since 1926. Then I'd take a walk on Queen Maeve's trail on Knocknarea mountain and take in the views.

I'd head to Strandhill beach for lunch at Shells Cafe, and pop next door for ice cream from the award-winning Mammy Johnston's. Then I'd either attempt a surf lesson or relax in the Voya Seaweed Baths - probably the latter!

I'd go for dinner on Saturday night at The Driftwood in Rosses Point, and take in the views over Sligo Bay and Oyster Island, and then have a drink at Thomas Connolly's pub. Established in 1861, it's one of Sligo's oldest pubs.

Before I head home, I'd have brunch at Knox, and then visit The Model, home to the Niland Collection, which features Irish artists, including Jack B Yeats, with a focus on the northwest of Ireland.

Miriam Kennedy is head of the Wild Atlantic Way, Failte Ireland. Over 150 attractions nationwide will be available for free tours on Tourism Day, April 17. See tourismday.ie

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