Things to do and see

Ballaghboy Lodge Farm sits in County Sligo in Western Ireland…Yeats Country.  If you are outdoorsy, there is no lack in walks or hikes.  Only 35 minutes to the Atlantic Ocean and you can be on beaches such as Ross’s Point and Mullighmore.  We are surrounded by beautiful lakes for boating, fishing, kayaking, and swimming. Here are a few things to do locally.

  • Walks.

Co. Sligo has many beautiful walks.  Check out this  amazing video made by Sligo Walks showing just a few of  them!


  • Lough Key Forest and Activity Center

Only 5 minutes from the lodge, a fantastic place to spend the day!  There are walking and cycling trails, boats for hire, swimming, fishing, zip lining, even Boda Borg (not sure what that is?  …go to their website and read all about it!)

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  • Strandhill Beach

Only a 25 minute drive to the beautiful Strandhill beach, where you can take a surfing lesson and then be served up the best fish and chips!  Surrounded by beautiful walks with amazing views Strandhill is a lovely way to spend the day.

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  • Benbulbin

There are walks at the base of Benbulbin as well as on top…or just look at the stunning rock formation from anywhere around Sligo.



  • Bluebell Forest

In May the entire Bluebell forest floor is covered with a carpet of these beautiful little blue flowers.

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  • The Fairy Glen

A magical hidden world at the base of Queen Maeve’s grave…not to be missed!

  • Knocknarea

Also know as Queen Maeve’s Grave, this walk gives you a commanding view over the Atlantic Ocean and over all of Sligo and beyond.  Read about the mythology here.


  • The Caves of Keash

Pack a picnic and explore the Caves of Keash, only 15 minutes from the lodge.

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  • The Carrowkeel Tombs

Ballaghboy Lodge Farm looks out over this megalithic complex and is just a 15 minute drive away.  From here you can enjoy views to Benbulbin, and overlook Lough Arrow and beyond.

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  • Mullaghmore Beach

Mullaghmore beach is nestled within a fishing village and is 40 minutes north of Ballaghboy Lodge Farm.  Perfect for tide pools, swimming, fishing, boating or the loop walk that takes you along the bay and past the Classiebawn Castle.

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  • Carrick-On-Shannon

Carrick has many restaurants to choose from and summer festivals not to be missed. The Boyle Arts Festival held every summer… go see the Boyle Abbey too! Loads more things to do:  check out your genealogy  or visit the grave of W. B Yeats

  • Rosses Point

Check out the beautiful beach of Rosses Point.

Rosses Point, Co. Sligo
Rosses Point. Image courtesy of Sligo Walks.


  • The Tobernalt Holy Well Of Sligo

Tobernalt is a natural spring located in a primeval forest. It is situated at the South West corner of Lough Gill.

Tobernalt Holly Well of Sligo
Tobernalt Holly Well of Sligo – photo courtesy of