Wanderlist: Sligo, Ireland

 “Where dips the rocky highland
Of Sleuth Wood in the lake
There lies a leafy island
Where flapping herons wake”

- Yeats

 Sligo, originally meaning Abounding in Shells, is known as the land of heart’s desire and home to W.B. Yeats Grave. It is also a place, from my own opinion, that people rarely have heard of. I consider myself a big fangirl of Ireland and yet I will admit, before today, I have never read its name. I am glad I have now though.

A place of imagination, mythology and energetic lifestyles, Sligo just stands on the edge of magic and reality. Here the beaches are long, the wind is cool and stories of past hero’s have been told for centuries. If you have time I recommend reading about Fionn mac Cumhaill, he’s my favorite Irish hero and a lot of it takes place in what is now Sligo (go figure!)

Just checking out Adventure Sligo’s site, you have a wide selection of activities to do if you want to keep active. Like the water? Try your hand at diving, sailing, surfing, or white-water rafting to name a few.  Prefer the land? Well they have anything from climbing, hiking, horseback riding and even abseiling! (A controlled decent down a cliff/rock face using rope.) How cool is that?

Other activities include mountain walks across the Knocknarea Mountain, which stands at 1,083ft just outside Sligo Town; which in my opinion is the best way to see such an awe-inspiring part of the world.  There is also cycling through the countryside to see things that you would normally miss from the car and walking through the many trails that spread out through the mountains.

The county is also big on Arts and Culture and has monuments just about everywhere, going as far back to 5,000 B.C.E.

It is also home to a network of craft workers called “Made in Sligo” who promote creativity and design. Some of the artists have even won awards at the RDS showcase in 2012 and their group is still growing and promoting the “Sligo Craft Trail” . Their one of a kind art would make the perfect souvenir. (wink wink)

And when you are tired and sore, look no farther because like most of Ireland, food, music and hospitality are just a few steps away. And if you prefer a slower, relaxed pace, I would recommend checking out sligo.ie about other events and attractions.  They have everything!!

Now that I have spent my workshift researching and staring into the images hoping just maybe I can escape into one of them,  Sligo is officially on my list of muse-inspiring places. I just want to go now!

Where else can you climb the Irish mountains, or take a stroll and see just where Yeats stumbled upon the faeries dancing, becoming him to join their otherworld.



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