The county of Sligo is also known as Yeats County. The famous poet William Butler Yeats is buried at the Drumcliffe Churchyard, under the loaf-shaped Benbulben Mountain.
The place is also considered to be the main source of inspiration by the poet because it has beautiful sceneries and long coastlines. Located in the west coast province of Connacht, Sligo actually translates to “the place of shells,” as the prehistoric people of the town is known for their huge appetite for the crustacean shellfish. Archaeologists and historians found the remains of shellfish buried all over Sligo. It is the largest town in the northwest of Ireland, and its history can be traced back to as far as 6,000 years ago. Sligo is popular for its rich Irish history, heritage, folklore, and mythology. Almost every stone and hill in the county has its own, unique story to tell. The magnificent mountains, winding rivers, and uneven coastline make Sligo popular among tourists and backpackers. As a striking contrast to the rugged uplands and terrains of the county, the lakes around Sligo are well-known for their very still waters and marshlands. The summit of Knocknarae is known for its imposing Neolithic cairn and is identified by locals as Queen Maeve’s grave. In neighboring Carrowmore, visitors will find the largest megalithic cemetery in Ireland. The county’s scenic coast has some excellent surfing beaches like Strandhill and Enniscrone. Lissadell House is a good family attraction with a very beautiful beach nearby. It was once the home of Countess Markievicz. Golf courses are also found in the county. Other activities for tourists include horse riding, cycling, fishing, and other water sports. When you are in Sligo, you can find refuge in its self-catering accommodation options and bed and breakfasts.