Claire McKeever of the Belfast Telegraph took a trip to Sligo recently and highlighted the Hidden Gems of South and West Sligo. She referred to the region as “a great option for those wanting something different this summer.”

Claire’s first stop was Coill Dara House where she received a warm welcome from Patricia and mentioned the beautiful décor and panoramic views. The award-winning breakfast consists of a choice of cereals, fresh fruit, yoghurts, seeds, dried fruit and a selection of cooked options. After breakfast Roger gave her a tour of the farm and introduced her to Dolly, the farm’s pet lamb.

The next stop was Cawley’s where Claire enjoyed her “foodie experience” of freshly caught oysters with a shot of Guinness followed by steak, veg and a trio of chocolate desserts.

Claire visited Banada Stables where Caroline brought her on “a spectacular ride through the best of south Sligo’s countryside; riding among charming forests, along lakes and past quaint cottages.”

Before heading for Enniscrone, Claire enjoyed a delicious carvery lunch at Murphy’s in Tubbercurry. After a surf with 7th Wave Surf school it was time for a delicious seafood meal at Ait Eile which is owned by Mark and Anne.

The trip to Enniscrone included a visit to Kilcullen’s Seaweed Baths where Claire was given an informative tour of the building by Edward Kilcullen followed by a luxurious seaweed bath and massage.

“Originally built in the early 1900s, these seaweed baths are now an institution and I was very honoured to have Edward Kilcullen, grandson to the original owner, guide me through the building.”

The final stop of the trip was Aughris Head where stunning views across to Knocknarea Mountain can be enjoyed as you walk along the beach.  Read the full article here.

Discover Sligo this Summer and all it has to offer, from activities for all the family to the beautiful lakes, rivers and mountains.