Favourite Family Activities in Sligo brought to you by Discover Ireland

Sligo is a county that celebrates its independent spirit and a place steeped in history and mythology where you'll discover a creative tradition that lives in the music, art, poetry and expression of its people, made so famous by WB Yeats and others.

From clear lakes and rivers to stunning beaches and dramatic mountains such as majestic Ben Bulben, Sligo is a place where ancient sites like Carrowmore and Creevykeel, spectacular landscapes and rolling waves inspire stories, trails and adventures that will open your mind and invigorate your body. Come and join us in Sligo and rediscover a sense of wonder. Sligo sets your spirit free.

The beaches in Sligo are spectacular and famous for their surfing in many cases.

  • Easky is a surfing mecca but for experienced surfers only. It is still great fun to take the kids to watch the surfers and they will inspire you to try some of the easier beaches such as Enniscrone nearby where you can get lesson and hire boards and suits.
  • Strandhill is a seaside village and quiet holiday resort – it is roughly 7 miles from Sligo town. With its wild Atlantic waves is also a very popular spot for surfers. Swimming is forbidden at Strandhill beach due to the very strong currents. There is a variety of surf shops, Cafes and Ice-Cream parlours great fun for all the family.  The famous Voya Seaweed baths are located here too perfect for a relaxing break while the children play on the beach.
  • Mullaghmore Beach is located in north County Sligo, 25km from Sligo town and beside the town of Mullaghmore. It is a rural sandy beach backed by an extensive dune system and with views of Ben Bulben. Beach guards on duty daily from June to September.
  • Enniscrone and Mullaghmore are better for small children to paddle and jump the waves.
  • Dunmoran Strand is a sheltered beach break that has quite reliable surf and can work at any time of the year.

Water Babies!

Sligo is renowned for its surfing, but you can also try your hand at kitesurfing, sailing, kayaking, powerboating, fishing and diving. 

Sligo Town Walking Trail

Bring the family on a stroll and discover the story of Sligo Town.

Island View Horse Riding Stables
Riding on a beautiful sandy beach….make your dream come true! Suitable for all the family, beginners or experienced riders, young or old. Trekking options range from a 30 minute lead rein trek for young children or a 1 hour beach ride right up to a full day trail ride. We offer a special island ride for experienced riders. Groups are welcome too.

Gillighan’s World
Gillighan’s World has botanical gardens, and natural flora and fauna blend together, enhanced by "faerie habitats" in miniature model villages and "enchanted" glades. Streams and secluded seating areas create a magical atmosphere, whilst a visit to the "faerie fort" offers spectacular panoramic views.

Waterpoint Aqua Park 
Aqua Park with its superb 65m waterslide, fantastic kiddies fun pool, adult health suite and fitness gym has been one of Enniscrones most popular attractions since it opened in 1998.. Children also love Waterpoints outside playground and Astroturf pitches. So if the weather is grey, you and the family can always slip into the blue at Waterpoint.

Eagles Flying
Situated amid the beautiful landscape of Ballymote, Eagles Flying is Ireland's largest sanctuary for birds of prey and owls. Kids can experience some of the biggest birds of prey in the world flying closely over your head, watch different species of eagles hunting on prey-dummies in their natural environment and be astonished about the arrow like flight of the falcons and the high intelligence of the vultures. During the Flying Demonstrations scientists will inform about the biology of the raptors and their important role in nature. There is a children’s pet zoo with goats, lambs, donkeys, horses, guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, pot-bellied pigs.

Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery
This is the largest cemetery of megalithic tombs in Ireland and is also among the country's oldest, with monuments ranging from five and a half thousand to six and a half thousand years old. A restored cottage houses a small exhibition relating to the site. A good one for kids interested in history.

Woodville Farm in Woodville
A guided tour of Woodville Farm in Woodville takes the family through mature woodland, green pastures and old farm buildings showing a wide range of farm animals and poultry in their natural surroundings. Visiting families get to view, hold or feed animals and collect eggs from the free-range hens. The kids can also see farming as it used to be in Woodville’s farm machinery museum.

Sligo Folk Park
Sligo Folk Park is located in the beautiful village of Riverstown, Co Sligo. This community based attraction gives a true experience of rural life and Irish heritage at the turn of the late 19th Century.

Rulabula Pottery Studio 
RulaBula – Paint your own potter – is an exciting and fun place to socialise and get creative with your friends and family! It’s easy to create a unique master piece or a perfect personalised gift.  


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This website was created by Jill Holtz and Michelle Davitt, both of whom are mothers of young children. Jill and Michelle decided to create this resource themselves, and launched in 2007.


  1. Val Robus says:

    When I went to Carrowmore a couple of months ago they charged. It’s not much but there is a charge now.