County Sligo

Sligeach, meaning ‘abounding in shells’ or ‘shelly place’ referring to the abundance of shellfish found in it’s river and estuary.
Motto : Land of Heart’s Desire

These are some of the most significant landmarks, buildings and monuments in County Sligo

One of the finest and largest court tombs in Ireland

This national monument is the incredible Creevykeel Court Tomb in co. Sligo. It is regarded as one of the finest examples of a full-court tomb in Ireland and is also the largest in a chain of [...]

The only sculptured 15th century high altar to survive in Ireland

Sligo Abbey, located in Sligo Town, was built by Maurice Fitzgerald for the Dominicans in 1252. The site contains a great wealth of carvings including Gothic and Renaissance tomb sculpture, well preserved cloisters and the [...]

One of the ‘BIG 4’ ancient passage tomb cemeteries of Ireland

This NATIONAL MONUMENT is the Carrowkeel Neolithic Cemetery. It is located in Ballymote. co.Sligo and dates way back to c.3400 b.c. This mound on top of this desolate hilltop is one of 14 cairns forming [...]

The largest megalithic cemetery in Ireland & amongst the oldest in Europe

Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery is located a few miles south of the town of Sligo. It is the largest megalithic cemetery in Ireland and amongst the oldest in Europe dating back to 4600 b.c. It is [...]

A castle under constant attack, The Red Earl & A dodgy location!

Ballinafad Castle is located in Ballinafad in county Sligo. It was built in 1590 and is also known as the 'Castle of the Curlews'. It has had a turbulent history due to it's strategic (or [...]

Diarmuid & Grainne, 10,000 year old cave bears & Irish mythology

The limestone Caves of Kesh are located near Ballymote in co. Sligo half way up the side of a mountain. They can be reached by a 200m assent up a steep grassy slope. There are [...]

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