It doesn’t matter if you visit Sligo in the height of summer or the depths of winter, there is always something to do or somewhere beautiful to walk to. Walking and cycling are popular pastimes in Sligo and when you see the beauty of our surrounds and the powerful Atlantic Ocean, you’ll realise why. We’ve put together a list of our favourite walks and cycles in Enniscrone and the surrounding Sligo area where you can enjoy the views and beauty of nature.
Starting with a walk that begins on the doorstep of Ocean Sands Hotel, the Enniscrone Strand is a looped walk of approximately 8kms. Not only do we have a golf course, a surfing school, an indoor aqua adventure centre and seaweed baths in Enniscrone, you can also enjoy this gorgeous walking route boasting panoramic views of Killala Bay and the surrounding coast. Don’t miss the two megalithic tombs on the ridge overlooking Enniscrone and the remains of both Enniscrone Castle and Valentine’s Church. It’s a beautiful walk with some of the most impressive views you’ll get of the wild Atlantic Ocean.
Enjoy a picturesque walk along the coast from Enniscrone to Pullaheeney Harbour and back, drinking in the gorgeous the scenery and the challenge of a sometimes rocky terrain. The walk is suitable for families and most abilities and while it is all flat, there is no footpath in places making it slightly tricky. The entire loop is approximately 16km and should take less than three hours at a moderate pace. Pullaheeney Harbour is still used by local fishing boats and you can still explore the ruins of the old coastguard station. Stop for a rest and refreshments in Pullaheeney Harbour bar.
While this one isn’t exactly in Sligo, it’s just a 15-minute drive from Enniscrone are the Belleek Woods in Co. Mayo, a completely different landscape to the coast. Acres of beautiful woodland along the River Moy are free to explore at your leisure. While in the woods, you can discover wonders like the old Lime Kiln, the Ice House and the Knox Gore monument. Keep an eye on the river to avoid getting lost and learn more about Sligo’s sunken pirate ship, the ‘Creteboon’. Pack yourself a hearty lunch & some warm drinks and enjoy a leisure stroll around the woods. Make sure you ‘leave no trace’ so the woods are just as beautiful for the next visitor.
Less than 30-minutes scenic drive through Sligo will leave you at Lough Easkey, where you can enjoy a short but beautiful lakeside walk. The 6km lakeshore track takes you on a loop of the shoreline of Lough Easkey, situated in the heart of the Ox Mountain range. The area is wild and mostly deserted so you can feel the true serenity of the lake and mountains. Make sure to pack a lunch with plenty of water so you can enjoy a romantic picnic along the river shore. You should also wear good quality wet gear as it can get very boggy even after a small rainfall.
If you’re looking for your ideal accommodation in picturesque Enniscrone, look no further than Ocean Sands Hotel. If you can tear yourself away from our luxury accommodation, our welcoming Onyx bar or the excellent Dunes restaurant, the hotel is perfectly located to enjoy one of the many walks or cycles in the area. Make sure to book online using our official website or contact one of our friendly reservations team to ensure you have access to our best available rates and special offers.