Strandhill

Nestled beneath the shadow of the Iron Queen; Strandhill is an area of unrivaled natural beauty and widely undiscovered attractions. While predominantly known as a top surfing destinaton in Europe Strandhill offers so much more. Surfing the Strandhill waves is now one of the top destinations for surfers worldwide as they try to negotiate one of the most magnificent breaking waves in the world ...there are four surf schools located in the village and all are more than willing to take you on the waves for groups of 2 - 32 and all equipment is supplied.

The regional airport for the north-west lies in Strandhill and located closeby is the stunning Strandhill Golf Course, one of the many courses designed by legendary golf course developer Eddie Hackett. Strandhill is located on the Strandhill peninsula and in an area which has developed significantly over the last decade and now Strandhill boasts many attractions for family, the adventure seeker or the romantic getaway.

Sligo is repudiated as being where the first settlers came to Ireland. The Carrowmore tombs, located only five minutes away by car have megalithic burial chambers that pre-date the pyramids and are among the oldest structures in the known world. The court cairn which is the grave of Queen Medb on the summitt of Knocknarea overlooks the tombs of Carrowmore and is magnificently haunting when viewed on a crisp winters day and enchanting when experienced in the warm summer sun. The sight of watching the sun sink into Strandhill bay with Knocknarea as its backdrop conjures up the mythical beauty that WB Yeats often wrote about.

One of the main attractions in Strandhill village is the Voya Seaweed baths where it is possible to cleanse and relax the soul in the ocean water or indulge in a full body massage to tintilise the senses which is part of the many features within this magnificent experience.

Strandhill offers many magnificent restaurants and dining options including the 'Trá Bán', 'The Venue', The Draft House and Jade Garden Chinese Restaurant. The renowned Strand Bar and Tra Bán Restaurant boast a fine mix of Haute cuisine and traditional pub atmosphere. The BellaVista Bar and Italian style Family Restaurant offer families the ideal and friendly location to relax casually with a fantastic wide ranging family friendly menu. The Venue Bar and Restaurant located adjacent to the Strandhill Lodge and Suites; overlooks Strandhill Bay and offers diners an excellent choice a la carte menu. Shells Cafe now renound in Sligo for their great  food is located on the seafront and Mama Johnstons Ice Cream parlour complete what is a fantastic array of options for the village.  The Draft House was opened in 2015 and offers visitors a superb array of craft beers and gourmet food in a cool and vibrant atmosphere.

For a drink and some live music after your meal you have a selection of fine bars including the the Dunes Tavern, The Venue, Sonny Brees, the Draft House and of course the Strand Bar – and after your round of golf you also have a fabulous bar and restaurant in the newly re-furbished Strandhill Golf Club. 

Within 10 Miles of Strandhill you have three magnificent Golf venues including Strandhill Golf Course; Co Sligo Golf Club; and the Sligo Golf Academy where you can use their high tec driving range or get a lesson from one the top pros in the area!

The last weekend in August is the Warriors festival, One of the largest fun run events in Ireland which brings hundreds of visitors to the village in what has become one of the finest festivals of its kind in Ireland..with street parties, live music and the best of craic.

For accommodation in Strandhill – you have luxury 4 star accommodation in the Strandhill Lodge and Suites, which is a 4 Star guest hotel located on the top road in Strandhill Village, The Strandhill Lodge and Suites offers guests magnificent scenery, top class accommodation and a warm welcome to all guests.  Each room has a Nespresso Coffee machine, Tv/DVD player, Mini Fridge and all modern conveniences.  Although the premises has no bar or restaurant (it has a charming breakfast room where guests are treated to complimentary continental breakfast) it has a number of both within 2 mins walking distance.  Strandhill Lodge and Suites was voted in the Top Ten list of Small Hotels in Ireland and won a coveted Travellers Choice Award - being one of only two premises in Sligo to receive this award.  They have won the award every year since 2012.

 

Beside the Strandhill Lodge and Suites are the Cois Re Self Catering Holiday Apartments which also offer superior accommodation with magnificent views of the sea and Strandhill village. If you prefer budget accommodation, the Ocean Wave Lodge Bed and Breakfast and the Strandhill Hostel offers guests a mix of Bunk beds, double, triple and larger rooms to suit every visitor to Strandhill.  Both these hostels are excellently well run, clean and spacious and offer guests superior hostel style accommodation. There are also a number of B&B's in the village including the Dunes Tavern all located closeby.

The 'Fommers Guide' recently voted Ireland the top destination for 2011 and it also mentioned that horse trekking in the North West was among the top attractions.

 Taking place every Sunday in Strandhill from 11-4pm is the Strandhill Peoples Market which is the largest market of its kind in the west of ireland with over 70 stalls weekly.  A must visit on a  SUnday! 

Within five mins of Strandhill it is possible to do a horse trek along the wonderful coastline of Co Sligo with the Markree Riding Stables or nearby the Island View Riding Stables. You can also fish, shoot, take a tour - do a spot of deep sea fishing, kayaking or a host of other vibrant activities. For the Literary and folklore enthusiast the resting place of WB Yeats lies across the bay beneath Ben Bulben but it is Knocknarea with its mythology and easy accessible terrain which attracts cyclists and hillwalking enthusiasts. The picturesque countryside location is offers revellers a chance to walk the lands where much of WB Yeats' poetry was written and inspired. The legendary battlefield of Cú Cullan, Fionn MacCool and the Tale of the Táin bo Cualigne are all inter-woven into the fabric of this magnificent countryside.

So if its a weekend away or an adventure you're looking for – take a look at Strandhill – the home of Westlife

and the place to be this year.