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The main beach is perfect for surfing but is dangerous for swimmers

Strandhill is a city in County Sligo.


Strandhill is a surfing mecca and attracts hundreds of people a year to one of the best beaches in Ireland.

Get in[edit]

The best way to get in is to take a bus to the nearby town Sligo and then take a twenty minute ride on Bus 472 into town [3]. There is also a small airport with daily flights to and from Dublin [4] (these are no longer offered).

Get around[edit]

The town is small enough that it is easy to walk around and see everything. The roads are well serviced and the pathways near the beach are maintained.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Killaspugbrone Church, (Facing the main beach, turn right and walk towards the airport. A small gate will lead through a fence and near the airport runway. It is perfectly legal to walk near the runway as long as no planes are flying in. Follow the well-beaten path and you will see the church in the distance.). This small church dates back to the 12th century, perhaps earlier. Legend has it that Saint Patrick lost a tooth near the site and the church was erected in the area in his honor. Around the church is an old overgrown cemetery used by the residents of near-by Coney Island up until the 1960's. A fence borders the church but intrepid adventurers have bypassed it and walked around inside. This is not recommended as the church is very old and not exactly structurally sound. This is only part of a larger loop that goes all the way around the airport, and is certainly worth doing.  edit
  • Queen Maeve's Grave, This is a huge cairn on top of Knocknarea. One trail up starts near the Topaz (gas station on the road to Sligo). The other is on the opposite side of the hill and is well signed. Even without the cairn both hikes are worth doing as the views are spectacular.
  • The Glen, This is a beautiful, lush ravine on the south side of Knocknarea. It can be very hard to find the entrance. Take R292 south out of town. About 2.5km out take a left at the fork (there is a brown sign for Knocknarea pointing in this direction). Follow this road up to the small car park on your right. You will have passed the entrance on your way up the hill. Walking back down the hill you will see an old "white" well on your right. The entrance to the Glen is directly across the road from this. The gate may be closed but you can open it and walk in. It can be very muddy there, particularly after heavy rain.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Strandhill Surf School, Beach Front, +353 (0) 71 9168483 (), [1]. Offers courses ranging from beginning to advanced, also children's lessons.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Strandhill People's Market, This runs every Sunday from 11-4 at the airport. There is a farmer's market, loads of arts and crafts, clothing, and places to get a warm lunch.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • The Strand, A nice pub down near the beach. Makes excellent pizza and brings in some great local musicians at 9:00 on Wednesdays.
  • The Venue, Excellent restaurant near the Strandhill Lodge. Great views out over the ocean.

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Strandhill Lodge, Shore Road, +353 719168313 (), [2]. Lodge accompanying the surf school. Package deals available Budget; from €16 (dormitory) to €25 (ensuite).  edit


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