Whilst exploring the surrounding area, you can visit the ruins of the 14th-century Ballindoon Abbey, a Dominican priory built in 1507. The architecture of the building is quite unique because it was built entirely in one architectural style, the Middle English Gothic aesthetic. The remains consist of a church with a nave, chancel, and tower.
Ballymote Castle, begun in 1300 by the Anglo-Norman, was the last and the strongest of the Norman castles in Connaught. A large rectangular "keepless" castle, it is almost square in plan with massive round towers at each angle and is nearly completely symmetrical.
Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, situated just 10 minutes away from Sligo Town, is the largest and one of the most significant megalithic sites in Europe. There you can find over 60 tombs, and the oldest is older than the Egyptian pyramids! There is a very interesting exhibition about the site housed in a restored cottage.
Doagh Famine Village is Donegal's top attraction. The excellent guided tour tells you the story of a Donegal family and community living on the edge of Donegal and surviving from Famine times right up to the present day. The village contains a wide selection of actual size attractions, including some original dwellings which were still inhabited up to 20 years ago.
Donegal Castle is located in the heart of Donegal town on the banks of the River Eske, Donegal Castle was built in 1474 by Hugh Roe O'Donnell. It has now been restored to its former glory and is well worth a visit.
The best way to visit Donegal Town is to take a ride on the waterbus! You will cruise around the historic town and take in sights like St Ernan's Island, the Old Abbey and Donegal Harbour on a one-and-a-half-hour trip.
Knocknarea Mountain is situated just 4 miles west of Sligo Town, in the area of the Strandhill Peninsula. From its top of 1078 feet high, you can enjoy a breath-taking view of Sligo. It takes less than an hour on foot to get to the top and it is totally worthwhile.
Sligo Abbey founded in 1252 is sligos most beautiful historic buildings. It was built by the Normans is is only medieval building which survives in the city.The site contains a great wealthof cavings including Gothic and Renaissance tomb sculpture well preserved cloister and the only sculptured 5th century high altar to survive in any Irish monastic church.
Sligo Folk Park, located in the beautiful village of Riverstown, provides a true experience of rural life and Irish heritage at the turn of the late 19th century. The Folk Park is set in the grounds of the authentically restored Millview House, which was originally built in 1873.