What do you look for when you are planning a family trip, a couples break or a fun weekend away with friends? We look for a scenic location, with plenty of activities to take enjoy, a place to relax afterwards and lots of delicious food and drink available. If this sounds like a perfect break to you, look no further than Ocean Sands Hotel, located beside the picturesque Enniscrone Beach with so much to see and do you won’t be bored for a minute. Here are some of the best activities in and around the Enniscrone and greater Sligo area.
If you’ve never tried Stand-Up Paddleboarding, now is your chance. Harbour Sup and Sail offers group or individual SUP lessons starting at the beautiful Enniscrone Pier or the Quay Ballina. Enniscrone Pier is a perfect place to learn and develop your skills and a tailored trip between Enniscrone and Ballina gives you unbelievable views along the beautiful Sligo and north Mayo coastline. All of their lessons are beginner-friendly and they provide everything you need for your first lesson so all you need is a swimsuit and a little confidence in the water. Their instructors go at your pace and are all ASI qualified so you are in good hands. They can take up to 24 people in a single lesson, perfect for hen or stag parties!
Another exciting adventure activity in Enniscrone is something we’re known across the country for, surfing. Enniscrone is a fantastic beach to learn to surf and was voted one of the top 10 beaches in the entire country for its beauty and safety. 7th Wave Surf School is a family-run school that has been based in Enniscrone for over 12 years and hold an excellent reputation. The instructors are passionate about surfing and your safety and are all fully qualified. They offer group and family lessons and are happy to go at your pace to make sure you are confident in the water.
When you’re finished with your lesson, Enniscrone is just 10 mins drive from Ballina, Co. Mayo, famous for salmon fishing and the Salmon Festival each July. You can also explore the unspoiled beaches, coastal drives, mountains and lakes of North Mayo.
If you love the idea of a great Irish adventure but are not the organised type, contact Rachels Irish Adventures and let her do the hard work for you! They create bespoke cultural and adventure holidays throughout Ireland, making sure you see and do exactly what you want to on your big trip. There are so many activities to choose from, especially in adventure-packed Enniscrone, like hiking, trail running, cycling, whiskey tasting, baking experiences and much more. You can book your tour in English, French, German and Spanish and they can provide full transport.
A family favourite with Enniscrone Visitors for many years, Enniscrone Pitch and Putt is a stone’s throw from Ocean Sands Hotel. Take yourselves down any time of the day, without booking in advance, and enjoy the 18-hole pitch and putt course overlooking miles of sweeping coastline. They provide everything you need including golf clubs, golf balls, tees and marker cards. Enniscrone has the best and oldest Pitch N Putt course in the west of Ireland and we encourage, couples, families and groups to head down and practise their swing.
You may have tried horse riding before but have you ever ridden a horse beside a sweeping coastline, with views across the Atlantic Ocean and the wild Irish weather at your tail? If this sounds like the perfect activity for you, visit Iceford Stables, a family-run stable based just outside Enniscrone. They provide a very high standard of horses and ponies and an excellent quality of instruction for beginners, intermediate and advanced riders. Iceford Stables offer horse riding lessons for kids, adults, private parties and groups. They have an all-weather cross country course with a variety of natural and fences to suit all levels, a new purpose-built indoor arena and a rubber surface outdoor arena with a full set of show jumps and a cross country course.
While adventure and activity are abundant in Enniscrone, you’ll want somewhere for some R&R after. If you want to sample some of the finest West Coast Whiskey, head to the Connacht Distillery, less than 15-minutes’ drive from Ocean Sands Hotel. They prepare, mash, ferment, distil, age, and bottle spirits on-site and the delicious smell of Whiskey in the air is enough to put you over the driving limit! Discover the process of making and barrelling this nectar of the gods and don’t forget to stop in the gift shop to take a sample of this delicious Whiskey home as a memento of a time well spent in Sligo. If you partake in a drink while in the distillery, we will be happy to help you arrange a take back to the hotel.
After days of adventures and excitement, retire to Ocean Sands Hotel where you can enjoy a delicious meal in Ocean Restaurant, a seaweed bath in the nearby Kilcullen Baths and a great nights sleep in our comfortable, spacious bedrooms. Book your stay in Ocean Sands Hotel in Enniscrone by using our official website for exclusive access to our best available rates and special offers. We look forward to welcoming you back to Sligo soon.