10 Things to Do in Strandhill That You Shouldn't Miss

September 10, 2017 Renato Branum

Strandhill or occasionally Larass (Irish: an Leathros) is the largest coastal village and townland in County Sligo, Ireland. As of 2016, the population was 1,753, an increase of 10% from the 2011 Census. The old name appears to be Ros Dragnige (see Killaspugbrone).
Restaurants in Strandhill

Sligo, Ireland 353-71-61201
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Knocknarea

Reviewed By Emma C - Hadleigh, United Kingdom

The views are wonderful and well worth the hard climb to the top. Well signed and good car park. A lovely afternoon in the sun.

2. Strandhill Beach

Strandhill, Sligo, Ireland
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Strandhill Beach

Reviewed By SligoE - London

Strand hill is perfect for sitting on the prom wall, watching the waves roll in with surfers dashing across the wave tops. Sadly, the water is unsafe for paddling or swimming and the driving and parking along the prom makes it a stressful experience with young children. Someone actually mounted the curb while we sat on the wall.

3. Ewings Sea Angling and Boat Charters

Rosses Point F91 CF54, Ireland
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Ewings Sea Angling and Boat Charters

Join us on board our charter boats for the most amazing experience of the Atlantic Ocean! Catch that fish you've always dreamed of catching. Feel enthralled by the wildlife and beauty on a floating eco-tourism tour. Eat the freshest fish you've have ever tasted, caught by your own hand. Sligo Boat Charters offers the best boat trips in Sligo and Donegal Bay that can be customized to do, or catch, exactly what you want. We catch more fish, offer better value for money and offer the best selection of trips and fun party ideas for beginners and experts. Simply bring wet gear and we'll provide the rest under the nurturing eye of your highly experienced and qualified skipper. Located in Rosses Point, Co. Sligo, nestled under the Benbulben and Knocknarea Mountains, we are based in the quintessential haven of the Wild Atlantic Way. Book a trip with us so you can hear the call of the seagulls, taste the salty air and experience firsthand, the magic of Sligo Bay. We look forward to welcoming you on board! Services available include deep sea angling, reef fishing, shark fishing (August-October), Coney Island water taxis (Great for a BBQ'ers, swimmers and walkers), Inishmurray Island trips, sightseeing trips and eco tourism cruises. Trips can be tailor made to suit any customer or budget and include modest half day, full day and evening trip rates for groups, individuals and children. Rods and tackle are available for hire on board, beginners and families welcome! Gift vouchers available.

Reviewed By Grahsm W

this was my first time sea fishing, and i had a great day, there was a good bunch of people on the boat, and a fair few fish were caught too, Daryl is a great host and an extremely knowledgeable fisherman and boat captain. i loved every moment and will defiantly go out again. the only down side was having to gut and fillet a load of fish at the end of a long day, but the freezer is well stocked and the recipe books are out. see you again next year Daryl, and ill bring a few more people with me next time too, as everyone i have talked to about it has said they would love to have a go aswell

4. Drumcliffe Church

Drumcliff, Ireland +353 71 914 3815
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Drumcliffe Church

Reviewed By preglad - New York

Recently while my much saner wife handily shopped virtually next door, i returned for another wrestle in a lovely historic memorial setting, inclusive of thoroughly atmospheric country church. Of course, Drumcliff Church Cemetery is immediately adjacent to the grave of William Butler Yeats-by which many blow past but I procrastinate both herein and while there.
WB wrote what became a personal epitaph found famously in the conclusion of his wonderful poem written and titled "Under Ben Bullin" (mountain) nearby.
"Cast a cold eye
On life, on death.
Horseman, pass by!"
Poets, and other artists tend to jostle with our minds and relish leaving us a bit perplexed. There are those johnny come latelys - inclusive of some critics and professors - who presume to tell us precisely what artisans mean, as if they ever valued such compact precision at all. I tend to think of exactitude as more the battlefield of scientists and tacticians than stellar wordsmiths.
Be wary of those who cannot create, many tending, as the expression goes, to instead "teach" (as in tell). However better teachers tend generally also to motivate, suggest or elicit viable options rather than directly inform or tell. As a lifelong teacher, I believe it naive or offensive to determine meanings of art for others.
Consider the famous frost idea of taking"... the road less traveled by ...which made all the difference". For most the road less by clearly means the infrequent option, the more challenging, difficult or demanding choice, so they hear I took the tough course, making all the difference in my life.
However Frost, like Yeats, isn't essentially so much a determinist as all that. Could the road less traveled by not also suggest-in the road less traveled past (as in passed by?. Did he perhapsmean to fashion an ambiguity which suggest the possibility of us not knowing which road he took at all, but the decision, not to waiver or withdraw, rather to proceed in whatever's chosen as the key action in deciphering this classic line?
It's fun to speculate, to open our minds to possibilities. When Yeats somehow equates life and death and suggests whatever horseman pass by, the options are multiple as to his thoughts and perhaps less than presumptive advice about now, later and wishes about whom or whatever may be galloping when or where ever.
Yup! Poets love messing with our heads. Enjoy the gamesmanship they left us or cast a cold eye and pass by, ye horsemen, their words and mine.

5. Voya Seaweed Baths

Strandhill Beach Front, Strandhill, Sligo, Ireland +353 71 916 8686
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Voya Seaweed Baths

Voya Seaweed Baths Strandhill, only a few minutes from Sligo town offers Seaweed Baths, unique seaweed based treatments including seaweed body wraps, facials and other therapies to detoxify the body. Seaweed baths have been a tradition in Ireland for hundreds of years and are Ireland’s only indigenous spa therapy. If you’re looking for things to do in sligo, Voya Seaweed Baths is certainly a must!

Reviewed By CaitDublin_Ireland - Dublin, Ireland

I try to visit here every couple of months. I would do it much more often if I lived in Sligo. I get bored sitting in the bath for ages so I always book a double bath so I can chat with a friend/my other half. The rooms are alway really clean and the atmosphere is relaxed.
There is nothing posh about the place but neither are the prices!
Ask for a loyalty card. I found out from a regular that they have them (and then the employee confirmed that they have them for years) but I've been going there for years and have never been offered one. Bad form but not enough to stop me going back.
Try a walk beforehand, you'll feel so refreshed after.

6. Yeats's Grave

Drumcliffe Churchyard, Drumcliff, Ireland +353 71 914 3815
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Yeats's Grave

Reviewed By Unelma333 - Karlsruhe, Germany

The grave itself is rather simple, but if you are interested in literature, it is a special feeling to pay your respects to this Nobel laureate. Also it is a wonderful, tranquil spot, with a beautiful church, a high cross and a small visitor's center, where you can grab a coffee and buy some of Yeats's works. A very nice stop altogether.

7. Rosses Point Loop Walk

Rosses Point, Sligo, Rosses Point, Ireland +353 71 911 1111
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Rosses Point Loop Walk

This walk starts from the Promenade in Rosses Point at the Church of Ireland overlooking Oyster Ireland. At the end of the Promenade (you can see the Metal Man out to sea), continue along the road to the right. Turn right at the t-junction on the beach road past the tennis grounds. Take another right past the hotel and a left on to the road parallel with the Promenade, back to your starting point.

Reviewed By PatOMH

Can't think of a better way to spend a few hours on a nice day. The walk is easy and the views are stunning. Fresh Air at its best!!!

8. Perfect Day SUP School

Shore Road, Strandhill, Sligo 000, Ireland
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Perfect Day SUP School

Stand up paddling is one of the fastest growing water sports worldwide. It is easy to learn and great exercise and can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities. Perfect Day SUP School Ireland offers you the opportunity to enjoy nature and explore the Sligo outdoors from a different perspective. Take a class and enjoy our scenic tours of the beautiful waterways around Sligo.

Reviewed By Stevie R - Carrickfergus, United Kingdom

A group of friends and I booked Perfect Day as a Sunday activity during a weekend in Sligo and I'm really glad we did. We had a very varied group. 1 member owned her own SUP school in Australia, 2 of us had never tried SUP before and one of our group couldn't even swim.
Tom was amazing. From our initial enquiry, to providing us with detailed directions via text to reach Hazelwood lake, the beautiful location for our lesson, to taking time to make sure even the least capable of our group felt relaxed and safe. He made sure we were all outfitted with wetsuits & lifejackets.
We had another instructor Aaron who was also fantastic. Great fun and fantastic and what he does. We were given detailed instruction on the boards components, how to get on and off safely on dry land and the mechanics of paddleboarding and then off we went into the water.
Paddleboarding is a lot less intimidating than Surfing and really would recommend to almost anyone of any age group. The expert instruction from Perfect Day had me off and paddling standing up within five minutes of hitting the water and I didn't stop for the next amazing two and a half hours. I fell off a LOT but this was all part of the fun. The member of our party who couldn't swim, got extensive personal coaching from Tom and she was off and paddling in no time too.
At no time did I feel unsafe or in any danger whatsoever.
I can't recommend Paddleboardingand in particular Perfect Day highly enough. Book your session with total confidence. You won't regret it.

9. LSD Kiteboarding

R291 | Sligo, Rosses Point, Ireland +353 86 805 1390
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LSD Kiteboarding is a company that provides kite Surfing lessons in the Irish counties of Leitrim, Sligo and Donegal. They operate in the three different locations on the Beaches depending on the wind and surf conditions. The company provides lessons in kiteboarding and kitesurfing to tourists and locals. The company operates all year round.

Reviewed By JayCeeMonKee - Monkey Island

I was looking for a company to provide kiteboarding lessons during a holiday in the West Coast of Ireland and found LSD from an internet search. I was quite impressed by their website and initial communications prior to booking were good. I explained to them my kite flying experience and explained that I was looking for a land based kiting lesson only, focussing on 4 line kites as that's what I owned myself and I'd already had some tuition. LSD advised that they were happy to cater for this.
At the time of booking, they were advertising a special offer of a 2 hour intro lesson for 60 euro or a 3 hour lesson for 110 euro. Given the large difference in price in relation to the time, I queried which would better meet my needs. LSD explained that the 2 hour lessons were really for total novices and would focus on small, 2 line kites. They recommended the 3 hour lesson as I'd get to fly larger 4 line kites and try out land boards and buggys too. I opted for the 3 hour lesson on this basis.
On the day of the lesson we met at Rosses Point easily as LSD had provided excellent directions. The beach itself was great, wide, clean and clearly a popular spot with power kiters and kitesurfers. We had a friendly greeting from LSD and were introduced to the rest of the group who were very sociable.
Down on the beach everything changed. We spent 2 full hours on the 2 line training kites and had very little in the way of tips or tuition from the instructors. We asked several times if we could try the 4 line kites as we felt ready to progress, but LSD came up with an array of excuses - the wind was currently too strong and they had no 4 lines small enough (I'd expect a company offering lessons to be fully stocked with equipment for all conditions) others in the group had damaged the 2 line kites by crashing them and they didn't want more expensive kites to get damaged (we hadn't crashed anything ourselves being slightly more experienced, but even still no damage had been caused deliberately and was surely something that companies need to expect and that this is factored in to the high cost of the lessons).
Eventually, when I reminded LSD that our sole reason for booking had been to get tuition on 4 line kites they reluctantly got out a kite for us to try but advised that they'd have no use for it after the lesson and they'd like us to seriously consider buying it. The whole time we were flying it I felt like I was an inconvenience and received no further tuition on how to fly it. We asked about the buggys and landboards and was told that we could try them but it would require a member of LSD to drive to collect them. When we eagerly accepted this offer it was met with despondence. A land board eventually appeared 15 minutes before the end of the lesson (no buggy) but when we asked for tips on how to ride it we were told they didn't know as they were kite surfers.
Overall, this was a hugely disappointing experience. The instructors just weren't interested in us and spent all their time focusing on the rest of the group who were continuing to a water based lesson in the afternoon. Whilst LSD are clearly more geared up for kite Surfing than simply power kiting or kite boarding/buggying they understood our needs before we booked and advised that they could cater for them when they clearly couldn't. Given their equipment and experience in land based tuition a 2 hour taster lesson at 60 euro would have been far more appropriate. Instead, we paid 110 euro and LSD were unable to live up to their promises. It feels like I was told what I wanted to hear prior to booking so that I'd part with my money and once paid up they had no intention of delivering the service they'd committed to.
Overall, this experience was a huge disappointment and I feel that I was totally ripped off.

10. Strandhill People's Market

Strandhill, Sligo, Ireland
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Strandhill People's Market

he Strandhill People's Market started in May of 2013. During the Summer months the market is held on the beach front in Strandhill, Co. Sligo directly behind The Strand Bar. During the winter months the market moves to it's indoor location at hangar 1 in Sligo Airport. Carry out your weekly shopping, meet a friend for a coffee, and entertain the kids.

Reviewed By Louise K - Dublin, Ireland

While the market is quite small it is definitely worth a little trip if you like markets. There are lots of quirky and interesting items available to buy here and on the say I visited there was live music also! There is food available here and a lovely atmosphere. If you are looking for a souvenir this is the place to visit. The Market is indoor and so not weather reliant. I wouldn't see any problem bringing children here but would note that the space between stands is probably a bit narrow for a big pram.

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