1. Romantic Poetry of WB Yeats - inspired by Sligo
For this World Book Day Ireland, start it off with Ireland’s famous Irish poet WB Yeats. Yeats spent many a happy summer in Sligo, the region his mother’s family comes from, and Sligo had an enormous impact on his work. Most of the places that feature in his famous (and less famous) poems are based on real places in Sligo, a small but beautiful county along Ireland’s northwest Wild Atlantic Way. Lough Gill, for example, is where the famous “lake isle of Inishfree” is supposedly located, though the actual island he describes is a composite of a few places.Dooney Rock, Hazelwood Forest, Ben Bulben, Glencar Waterfall and plenty of others are forever immortalised in Yeats’ romantic 19th century verses. Though you may not be able to read all of Yeats’ poetry, reading a few of his famous lines will help give you a bit of context and appreciation for Sligo before you travel to the southwest!
You too can visit the romantic, windswept landscapes, quiet forests and shimmering lakes of Sligo on our Biking & Yoga Escape.