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Rugged yet relaxed, the rolling, windswept landscapes of Sligo greatly inspired W.B. Yeats’ beautiful poetry. For a window into Yeats’ inspiration, as well as an adventure for both mind and body, consider our biking tours from Sligo. 

Knocknarea Mountain, Sligo

Biking in the shadow of Knocknarea Mountain, Sligo

Sligo is a little-known county in the northwest of Ireland – and it is also one of the most laid-back regions of Ireland. For unique biking tours from Sligo, see our recommendations below. Although W.B. Yeats spent much of his life on the east coast of Ireland, he was consistently inspired by the weather-beat landscapes of his youth in Sligo. Mountains such as Knocknarea and Ben Bulben tower over Sligo, and the regions is a mecca of megalithic sites – it is not unusual to find ancient tombs dotting the landscape or cairns perched on mountain paths. Carrowmore, a collection of roughly 40 tombs, is of particular interest.

The beaches of Co. Sligo – notably, the beach at Strandhill – has some of Ireland’s (and Europe’s!) best surfing due to the position perched on the Atlantic Ocean and northwest location of the beach. Strandhill is also one of a coolest little villages of Co. Sligo.

This is one of the coolest regions to explore by bike, simply because it is relatively quiet compared to busier southern routes, it contains one of Ireland’s greatest food hotspots, and it packs a bundle in the way of history, legends, and landscapes.

To see what biking tours from Sligo are available, see below.


If you don’t see any trips that interest you, check out other Wilderness Ireland biking trips, or other Wilderness Ireland active trips. Or, learn how to create a tailor made tour just for you!

Biking tours from Sligo - Wilderness Ireland

These windswept landscapes inspired the famous poems of WB Yeats

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We had the pleasure and good fortune to have both Donncha and Louise on our trip. Louise was amazing and while I am sure she is treasured in the office- she would be a fantastic guide! Louise went above and beyond on our trip- ensuring all hikers were enjoying their Wilderness Ireland experience. I cannot express enough my gratitude for her help pre-trip and during the trip! Many thanks to both Louise and Donncha for their generosity of knowledge, culture and spirit on this trip.

Marni McCarthy
Hiking and Island Hopping Cork and Kerry
Reviewed on 25/09/2018

Rated 4.94 out of 5 based on 172 reviews

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