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Sligo is a charming small town in Ireland's far north. It is as picturesque as a postcard and is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. This breathtaking wilderness is brimming with natural wonders, including beautiful rivers, crystal-clear lakes, parks, beaches, and mountains. Sligo is a wonderful backdrop for Ben Bulben, a stunning flat-top rock formation over 300 million years old. But wait, there's more! Wherever guests go in Sligo, they will find lots of music, art, history, and mythology. It is also the birthplace of William Butler Yeats, Ireland's most renowned poet. It is calm and lovely, just as he describes. In this area, where people have lived for more than 5,000 years, it is not hard to "accidentally" find graves and cairns that are older than the pyramids. Make sure to book your Sligo car hire with Enjoy Travel in advance for the best deals!

Guide of Sligo


Sligo, in northern Ireland, spans the Garavogue River, where it joins Sligo Bay. The bulk of Sligo is made up of rugged grassland. The Ben Bulben is to the east, while the alts are to the south. Sligo Bay provides water through the Drumcliff, Owenmore, and Garravogue rivers.

Climate in Sligo

The winters in Sligo are long, severely cold, and wet, while the summers are moderate. Windy and overcast weather prevails throughout the year. The warmest month is July, with temperatures ranging from 12 to 17 degrees Celsius. The coldest month is January, with temperatures ranging from 3 to 8 degrees Celsius.


The Norman knight Maurice Fitzgerald and Fedlim O'Conchobar, the Rí Coiced (Provincial King) of Connacht, built Sligo in 1243 AD. The Norman impact seems to have lasted around 60 years. After the Gaelic revival around 1310, the town flourished on the Sligeach (Garavogue) river under the O'Conchobhar Sligigh dynasty and inside the Irish túath of Cairbre Droma Cliabh as part of the Gaelic confederation of Iochtar Connacht (Lower Connacht) until 1561, when the English Lord Deputy Henry Sidney set up County Sligo.

Things To Do in Sligo

Have a spa day at Castle Dargan

If you've ever wanted to escape to a luxury castle with your family or friends, now's your opportunity! Castle Dargan is one of the most opulent castles in the area and is ideal for bonding with your favourite people. This resort features practically every facility imaginable, including a golf course with castle remains strewn around, a bar, a restaurant, a spa, and much more. Make a spa appointment for your sweetheart and receive a special bundle that covers everything from a massage and facial to other treatments. Whatever accommodation you choose, you will be treated to breathtaking views of the countryside, replete with blue sky and beautiful clouds.

Go surfing on the Irish coast

Sligo boasts some of the greatest surfing waves in the nation. Because of the way the shore is positioned, the beaches of Easkey, Streegah, and Strandhill are subjected to powerful winds that produce spectacular waves. These waves are well-known not just in Ireland, but also across Europe. In fact, all surfers flock here to have a taste of it! Because of its enormous popularity, it has earned the moniker "Ireland's Surf Coast." If you're looking for a real adventure, travel to Mullaghmore in the winter and test yourself against some of the largest waves ever recorded.

Splash around at Lough Gill

A vacation to Sligo isn't complete until you swim in one of the area's beautiful lakes. Whether you have children or not, travel to Lough Gill, which is just a 15-minute drive from Sligo. This 8-kilometer-long lake is not only a swimming paradise, but it is also a fishing paradise due to its abundance of pike, salmon, and trout. The picturesque lake is surrounded by woodlands with nature trails and observation places. If you don't want to swim, you may still go for a stroll and take in some fresh air. It is also a photographer's and bird watcher's dream, particularly in the mornings!

Eating Out in Sligo

Sligo is increasingly becoming a culinary destination. The cuisine scene is dynamic with its fresh ingredients from the land and sea. If you like baked goods, confectionery and have a sweet tooth, come to Pudding Row, which is situated along the Wild Atlantic Way. This café was voted the finest in 2018 for its genuine sourdough meals and flaky pastries that melt in your mouth. Hooked is another famous neighbourhood establishment that offers breakfast and supper seven days a week. It's a meat lover's paradise, with dishes ranging from slow-cooked pig belly to gigantic sausage rolls and egg benedicts. They also provide delectable sweets to satiate your sugar needs. Do you want to eat something nutritious? Go to Sweet Beat! They sell raw cakes, cold-pressed juices, kombucha, and even smoothies. Everything they offer here is as colourful as the decor, which contributes to the overall attractiveness of the experience. It goes without saying that this café is a favourite among vegans and vegetarians. This charming café on Bridge Street is open every day of the week. Because Sligo lies on the coast, it also has excellent seafood. Hargadons is the place to go for the greatest seafood in the nation.



The main airport serving the town of Sligo is the Sligo Airport (SXL), located in Sligo county. It is located approximately 10 km from downtown. However, this regional airport isn’t in use and most visitors fly into Knock (NOC) Airport which is 45.4 km away.

Getting Around Sligo

Because Sligo is a tiny town, everything from its urban activity to its beaches and natural landmarks are close to each other. Nonetheless, Sligo's public transit system, in the form of buses, is rather efficient. Direct trains connect Sligo to Dublin, and the Ireland West airport is around 45 minutes away. Solo travellers may also use communal bicycles to go about the city. People travelling in groups often opt to hire a vehicle, as having your own vehicle would give you unmatched comfort and flexibility in exploring the beautiful Irish countryside! Enjoy Travel is available for all your car hire needs.

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FAQs about car hire in Sligo

Most frequently asked questions about hiring a car in Sligo

Car hiring costs in Sligo are at around €41.10 per day.
Budget Car Rental and Enterprise are the most popular car hire companies in Sligo.
The driving distance from Sligo and Dublin is about 179 kilometers.
The average price of a litre of fuel in Sligo can vary between €1.60 and €1.40.
The most economic options among small cars in Sligo have rates of €286.75 for a week, which is about €40.85 per day.
The most economic car hire options in Sligo for an entire month start at €1,225.32, or €40.57 per day.
Based on the weather the best time of the year to visit Sligo is from late June to early September (As far as average temperatures go).
Sligo Abbey is the best place to start exploring Sligo.

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