2020 is the year of the staycation! Aren’t we lucky to live in a country surrounded by such wonderful history, culture and natural beauty? From the bustling town centre to the stunning coastline, Sligo has everything you need for an excellent holiday in Ireland. There is no better way to see the best of the West of Ireland than a Wild Atlantic Way Staycation.
When you’re planning your trip to Sligo, make sure to include the gorgeous Ocean Sands in your trip. Perfect for family, solo or romantic breaks, our hotel has everything you need to enjoy the best of the Wild Atlantic Way.
1. Take the scenic coastal route: Wild Atlantic Way
You may have heard of the Wild Atlantic Way but as a local, have you ever taken the time to explore it? Dust off the suitcases and maps and plan your route along the most scenic coastal route in Ireland.
The route stretches along the west of the country from Donegal to West Cork. To drive at a leisurely pace, stopping to enjoy some of the most unique and beautiful features would take between three weeks to a month but you can tailor the route to suit you and only see what you haven’t before. Make sure to make time for the unmissable Sligo portion of the loop, you won’t be disappointed experiencing this unspoiled area.
2. Visit Enniscrone
Enniscrone is one of the most scenic points on the Wild Atlantic Way, one that has not been taken over by tourists or overpriced coffee shops! There is enough to do here that you could easily spend a week exploring and enjoying the scenery and activities offered by our friendly locals.
The highlight of Enniscrone for most is our five-kilometre-long, golden sandy beach looking out onto the Atlantic Ocean which is perfect for walking, swimming and surfing. The town has some lovely cafes, restaurant and boutique shops selling unique and sometimes handmade pieces, ideal as a memento from your time on Irelands West Coast.
3. Go beyond sightseeing: Do fun activities in Sligo
Resting on the shores of Killala Bay, Enniscrone has a wealth of activities and things to do for all ages and abilities. From walks and swims to horse riding and golfing, we have something for everyone. You could spend a day on the water, learning to surf with the local surf school, who offers lessons and kids camps.
If you’re feeling romantic, you could always enjoy the sunset on Enniscrone beach by horseback. If you’d like a more relaxing afternoon, Enniscrone golf club offers a challenging 12 holes with some excellent views. If you’d like a break from travelling and would like to experience the power and benefits of the ocean without the effort, our local bathhouse offers all-natural seaweed baths you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
4. Discover the Surf Coast
Sligo is in the ‘Surf Coast’ section of the Wild Atlantic Way, which stretches from Donegal Town to Erris – recently named the best place to go wild in Ireland. You can actually surf almost the entire western seaboard, but this particular stretch contains Bundoran, Mullaghmore Head, and Enniscrone Beach, all renowned for their crashing waves and excellent surf conditions.
Whether you’d like to get your adrenaline going on the waves or you’re more comfortable with both your feet on land enjoying the salty air, the surf coast can offer you the very best of Ireland. The idyllic scenery, rough, unpolished terrains and the friendly welcome are the ingredients for a perfect staycation on Irelands West Coast.
5. Stay in Ocean Sands Hotel – A relaxing stop along the way
Driving the Wild Atlantic Way is a rewarding but exhausting trip. You should schedule some downtime along the way to make sure your body and mind are ready for the drive and to appreciate the beauty that surrounds you. Ocean Sands Hotel is your stop for comfort and luxury in Sligo. After a long day of driving or exploring the area, enjoy sunset views over Enniscrone beach from the comfort of our fine-dining restaurant, Onyx Bistro. We can also help you to arrange a Seaweed Bath in the notorious Kilcullen Baths to relax and unwind before you get back on the road.
Author Bio: Katie McGarr is a resident writer for Ocean Sands Hotel, Ireland’s leading beachside hotel in Enniscrone, Country Sligo. When she’s not binge-watching documentaries on Netflix, you can find her writing inspiring articles about travel, food, and cultural appreciation.