Things to do

There are a wide range of activities available in this part of Sligo and Glach a Mara is in a perfect position for anyone who enjoys walking, horse riding, boating, fishing, golf, diving or surfing.

There are lots of interesting places of cultural and historical interest on our doorstep and cosy pubs where you can spend an evening listening to traditional music.

Mullaghmore

Mullaghmore - EditedMullaghmore is without question a jewel amongst Sligo’s many unique visitor attractions. Mullaghmore Head is one of the 15 Signature Points on the Wild Atlantic Way. It is one of the best big wave surfing locations in the World. In 2012 surfers travelled from all over the World to demonstrate their expert skills in the most demanding conditions imaginable.  There is also a beautiful beach which stretches out in all directions for as far as the eye can see.  Mullaghamore used to be an old fishing pier but more recently because of its unique setting it has become a top tourist attraction.  It is located 4km from Glachamara B and B.
 


 

Atlantic Sheepdogs

Sheepdogs
One of Avonmore’s Top 10 Family Adventures in Ireland Atlantic sheepdogs is not to be missed. Be amazed by the working sheepdog demonstration. Meet the sheepdogs. Lean all about the rare breeds of sheep that live on the farm. Watch sheep shearing demonstrations. Feed some of the adorable pet lambs.
Atlantic Sheepdogs
 


 

Lissadell House

Lissadell house

Lissadell House and Gardens is situated on the shores of Sligo Bay, 7 km north of Sligo on the N15 Donegal Road along the Wild Atlantic Way and is very clearly signposted from both Sligo and Bundoran. The historic and literary associations of Lissadell and the wild dramatic natural beauty of its setting surrounded by mountains, sea and woodlands makes Lissadell a must visit heritage attraction in the North West.

Follow in the footsteps of W. B. Yeats in wandering through this beautifully restored estate on the shores of the Atlantic. Childhood home of Constance and Eva Gore-Booth, built by Sir Robert Gore-Booth in 1830 and designed by Francis Goodwin the house is now fully restored and open daily for guided tours.

Lissadell secured its place in the turbulent revolutionary history of 20th century Ireland through Constance later Countess Markievicz who turned her back on a life of privilege to become a leading member of James Connolly’s Irish Citizen Army and a 1916 Rising Leader.

Along with her sister Eva who was an active suffragette they blocked an early election bid by Winston Churchill in Manchester, supported the local Co-operative movement and traced their social conscience back to witnessing and assisting poor relief to their tenants in times of food shortages.
 


 

Drumcliffe Burial ground

WB Yeats Burial Site DrumcliffSt. Colmcille founded a monastery in Drumcliffe about 575. There is a high cross dating back to the 9th century across the road.  There is an iconic round tower which is a renowned landmark of the area.  W.B. Yeats who as one of the most famous poets of the 20th Century is buried in the graveyard.  Although he died in France in 1939 his remains were brought home to Ireland to be re-interned in Drumcliffe graveyard in 1948.  Because of the many poems that Yeats wrote whilst in Sligo the county is often referred to as “Yeats County” Drumcliffe burial ground is about 10km from Glachamara B and B.
 


 

Parkes Castle

It is an early 17th century Castle set in an idyllic setting on the shores of Lough Gill.  It is situated on the R286 road about 12 km from Sligo. It wParkes Castle Sligoas once the home of Robert Parke and his family. The Castle has being restored to its original design and consequently is a fine example of a Castle of that era.  Features include exhibitions and audio visuals facilities.  Guided tours are also available.  The Castle is about 25km from Glachamara B and B.  Visitors may continue on route along Lough Gill and enjoy breath taking views of Lough Gill and the Lake Isle of Innisfree.  This route will take you back to Sligo and is a drive of about 35km.

 


 

Glencar WaterfallGlencar Waterfall

It is a small and beautiful waterfall in a unique rural location.  In one location visitors may enjoy breathtaking views of the mountain, river and lake. The waterfall may be viewed against a background of a mature wood containing endless list of many varying types of trees.  W.B. Yeats one of the best known poets of the 20th century
immortalised the area in his poem “The stolen Child” It is about 15km from Glachamara B and B.

 


 

Benbulbenen from Glacamara B and B

Benbulben is an iconic mountain range of limestone rock.  It is about 520 metres in height which means that it is feasible to climb in about ninety minutes.  There is no specific route to climb the mountain and in a way this makes the climb more excitable as you attempt to negotiate it.   Arriving at the top of the mountain a flat plateau extends in every direction as far as the eye can see.  This is why the mountain is sometimes called a table top mountain.  The mountain is located 6km from Glachamara B and B.