Things to do in Sligo in Summer Hols

We are now full throttle in to the holiday season in Sligo. We know it’s hard to decide on what to do or where to find things to do Sligo in the summer hols so put together some suggestions for you.

Water Activities Sligo

Sligo Kayak Tour
Sligo Kayak Tours

Looking for a water activity in Sligo? You can choose from: free diving, kayaking, sailing, stand up paddling, scuba diving, surfing….or maybe just swimming!

Harbour Sup & Sail offers group or individual Sup sessions from our world class locations at Enniscrone Pier and the Quay Ballina we have a large range of beginner friendly equipment and can cater for groups of up to 24 people in a single session all our instructors are ASI qualified and hold water rescue, first aid and child protection in sport certification HSS is a fully insured accredited School.

Northwest Adventure Tours offer Stand Up Paddle Boarding to Free-Diving, AIDA Freediving Courses, Pool Courses, Coaching and Training Sessions, Surf-vival Courses and Snorkelling trips.

North West Surf School, Enniscrone offer surf lessons, surf board and wetsuit rentals and summer camps. They are open all year depending on conditions. We offer surf lessons to individuals or groups, kids to adults. School tours, Scouts, Girl Guides, Stag’s and Hen’s etc..

Perfect Day Surf School established in 1998 are a family run business located in Strandhill and offer surfing and stand up paddling.

7th Wave Surf School are located in Enniscrone and cater for all ages and abilities learning with fully qualified ISA Surf Instructors. Enniscrone beach is renowned as one of the best beaches in Ireland, 5km of golden sand and gentle breaking waves makes this the perfect location for beginners and improvers.

Sligo Bay SUP was founded in 2015 by Sligo man Niall Harte. Niall has many years experience in multiple water sports and also has a great knowledge of the local area. Sligo Bay SUP is ASI accredited and fully committed to giving their customers a great Stand Up Paddleboarding experience.

Sligo Kayak Tours run guided kayak tours of the beautiful coastal estuaries and tranquil inland lakes of Co. Sligo, Ireland. Discover untouched nature and world renowned landmarks from the comfort of your own sea kayak.

Sligo Surf Experience offers a range of surf lessons and experiences to suits all our customer’s needs. All the surf lessons include professional instructors as surf guides, all necessary surfing equipment and access to changing rooms and showers in County Sligo Surf Club.

Strandhill Surf School was established in 2006 and are located right on the shore front of Strandhill. They offer surf lessons for all ages and recently have added stand up paddling too.

West Coast Kayaking is the leading provider of Sea, River, Lake and Safety/Rescue trips and courses in the Northwest of Ireland and beyond. We specialise in running coastal trips along the Wild Atlantic Way, especially along the stunning Mullaghmore headland coastline and Coney and Oyster Islands from Rosses Point.

Rainy Day Fun

Hyde Bridge Gallery Sligo
Hyde Bridge Gallery

We have put together a guide on rainy day fun before, but since COVID certain restrictions have come in to place. So, we’ve amended it to fit the current climates. We know in Sligo that we can’t depend on the weather so we come prepared. Water proofs, suncream and woolly socks! Here are some suggestions for when it pours:

Catch a movie. Sligo Omniplex have most of the latest releases showing. So grab a popcorn, sink into their luxurious seats and watch the big screen. Handy hint – Tickets are cheaper on Tuesdays.

Visit a gallery. Sligo is home to some beautiful art galleries all free to visit and most open all year round. Most are not open on Sunday so check opening hours.

Find out about Yeats. The Yeats Memorial Building has a lovely exhibition about the late, Great, poet. Open all year round with a nominal admission fee.

Sligo Library Online Summer Schedule is live. You’ll find lots of entertainment for the kiddies here.

Get your skates on. Zero Gravity skate park is indoors and has equipment for hire so skate away the afternoon.

Go swimming. Check out our article here to find the nearest pool to you.

Sink into a seaweed bath. A little bit of heaven on a rainy day. Voya is on the beach front in Strandhill.

Watch the birdie. Eagles Flying in Ballymote is open from April to October. Not to be missed. A show filled with majestic birds of prey.

To the market. At the weekends you’ll find several markets in Sligo – most of them are under cover including Rathcormac, Beltra, Achonry, Strandhill and Cliffoney. Check opening times as some close for the Winter.

Go to the theatre. The Hawk’s Well theatre host various shows, comedy and music events. Performances are socially distanced.

Summer Walks

There are so many walks to choose from. See our list below.

Scenic Drives with Walks

Sligo Fairy Trail not miss..

Sligo Folk Park

Sligo Folk Park is a must see, located in the beautiful village of Riverstown, County Sligo. This community based attraction provides a true experience of rural life and Irish heritage at the turn of the late 19th Century. Visit their lovely Fairy Garden.

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