Summer in Sligo with the kids

The summer holidays are almost here and if you’re planning a trip to Ireland with the little ones in tow, here are some things to keep the whole family entertained in Sligo:

  1. Sathya Sai Donkey Sanctuary

This sanctuary was first opened in 1991 primarily to offer a place of calm, protection and relief for old donkeys who were perhaps injured, abandoned, left behind, neglected, and unloved.

Located in a truly extraordinary neighbourhood adjacent to the Carrowkeel Megalithic Site (which is also worth a visit!) at Castlebaldwin, just 5 km from the main road N4 Sligo to Dublin. Bring waterproofs and boots, enjoy your visit, and give these simple animals a bit of love.

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  1. Waterpoint Aqua Park

Aqua Waterpoint Park in Enniscrone is a great place to spend the day for the whole family. You’ll discover water slides, kids pool and a fun zone every Friday with inflatables.

  1. Gleniff Horseshoe

Take in the wonderful natural sights at Gleniff Horseshoe, an often-unseen valley with truly amazing views, found in North County Sligo.

From the base of the Horseshoe route is a renovated Mill site, with beautiful natural trails and statues. The picnic table is there just waiting to be used! To get to Sligo, consider Airports in Ireland, such as

  1. Trail of the Hazelwood Statue

Only 3 km from the city of Sligo, at Half Moon Bay on the edge of Lough Gill, is Hazelwood Demesne.

Locally known, Hazelwood has attractive forest trails where you will find a series of unique outdoor statues from Irish and international artists, quiet picnic areas and beautiful lakefront views.

The nature trail forms a circle of about 3 km, with two shorter alternatives available. Everything is clearly marked and starts and ends in the parking lot.

  1. Sligo People’s Park

Sligo Folk Park is found in the stunning village of Riverstown. This attraction offers a true representation of rural life and Irish heritage at the turn of the 19th century.

This trip along Memory Lane in the heart of County Sligo revives the cultural history and heritage of the entire region. Children can find out how their great grandparents used to live and, those who are still young at heart, can rediscover how life used to be in the past.

  1. Sligo Coast

You are spoiled for choice because the beaches on Sligo are a haven for most water sports, including surfing, riding trains, kayaking and surfing. They are also very clean!

Enniscrone is proud of its sandy beach which is 5 km away and is a pleasant seaside city with lots to see and do with the whole family.

Easky is a surfing haven but only for surfers who know what they’re doing. It’s still fun to watch them, however, and they will inspire you to try some of the easier beaches like the nearest Enniscrone where you can get lessons and rent boards and clothes.

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  1. Gillighan’s world

A tunnel entrance formed from stone and an amphitheatre emerge from a lush green courtyard and this signals the start of your Gillighan’s World adventure. In botanical gardens, the wonders of the natural world come together, enhanced by “faeries” in tiny model villages and magical glades.

The seating areas create a magical atmosphere, while a visit to the faerie fortress offers spectacular panoramic views. There are also wildlife pools and water bays, plus informal tours around Pet Village.

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