A few months ago, I had the pleasure of visiting Sligo, Ireland. I traveled and had some of the coolest experiences of my life and found some amazing things to do in Sligo, but some of my absolute favorite things about County Sligo were the hospitable and cozy places that I stayed. This is my Sligo accommodation guide – it includes some of the best B&Bs and hotels in Sligo, Ireland, concentrating on the south and west of the county.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Sligo Accommodation Guide: B&Bs and Hotels in Sligo, Ireland
- Guesthouses and B&Bs in Sligo, Ireland
- Hotels in Sligo, Ireland
- Fun Activities in Sligo and Nearby
Sligo Accommodation Guide: B&Bs and Hotels in Sligo, Ireland
Some of the highlights from my trip to Ireland were the friendly places to stay in Sligo. I stayed at a mixture of guesthouses, B&Bs, and hotels when there and I had an exceptional experience at every single one. I only had limited time in there so I didn’t get a chance to thoroughly explore the Sligo accommodation scene, but I got to eat or visit most of the places I didn’t actually stay at that are on this list.
Guesthouses and B&Bs in Sligo, Ireland
One of the best things about Sligo is the sheer number of guesthouses and B&Bs that exist within the county. The Wild Atlantic Way cuts right through County Sligo and offers travelers several opportunities to stop and see Sligo’s raw scenery while overnighting at one of the many guesthouses and B&Bs there. I had some of my favorite accommodation experiences of my life in Sligo at the B&Bs.
I had the chance to pick fresh eggs for breakfast, play with two rambunctious and adorable dogs (hi Molly and Hannah!), taste the best soda bread of my life, and drink a pint (or few) of Guinness. Here are some highly recommended guesthouses and B&Bs in Sligo, Ireland – including a few of the amazing ones I stayed at.
Moy River B&B (Cloonacool)
The Moy River B&B was the first place I stayed at in Sligo and man- did it set the benchmark for the entire trip. The B&B is owned by Pat and Rita and the location is dreamy. It is removed and out in the countryside and there are even chickens on the premises which helped contribute to me having pretty much the best breakfast ever (and I got to pick my own eggs and bring them inside to be cooked… needless to say the city girl in me was beyond stoked).
My room inside of the B&B was quiet (literally haven’t had such a quiet night’s sleep in years until that night), had its own bathroom that is the size of my apartment back in Frankfurt, and a view of nature outside. It was seriously the best introduction to Sligo and I can’t wait to venture back and eat the best soda bread in the world again.
Address: Cloonacool, Sligo, Ireland
Claddagh House B&B (Ballina)
My last night in Sligo was spent at the Claddagh House B&B in Ballina, which is technically in County Mayo, not Sligo (but it’s pretty much right on the edge so it counts in my book). The owner, Louise, picked me up in Enniscrone and drove me out to the large house where that I’d call home that night and low and behold… SHE HAD DOGS. Two, in fact. Molly and Hannah greeted me and showed me their beautiful home and it was the best ending to an exceptional trip.
I had an awesome night’s sleep that night and was physically exhausted, so I didn’t do much except enjoy my bed. My breakfast the next morning was so fresh and rejuvenating after eating a lot of large Irish breakfasts the entire trip- it consisted of homemade granola, yogurt, and fruit. It gave me a lot of energy for the journey back to Dublin later that day.
Address: Dooeighney, Sligo Road, Ballina, Co. Mayo, Ireland
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Cawley’s Guesthouse (Tubbercurry)
I had the pleasure of staying a night with Cawley’s Guesthouse in Tubbercurry and like with every other place I stayed, I didn’t want to leave! While I love the countryside, I am a city girl at heart and could have stayed there for days and explored Tubbercurry. The guesthouse has a rustic, yet comfortable, feel to it and the food was delightful.
Teresa, who owns Cawley’s with her husband, Pierre, was incredibly friendly and added to the already cozy atmosphere of Cawley’s. I had a really delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner there when I was staying in Sligo and I will definitely head back and crash in one of their fourteen rooms in the future!
Address: Emmett St, Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo, Ireland
Mountain Inn B&B (Coolaney)
I, unfortunately, did not have the chance to stay at the Mountain Inn B&B in Coolaney, but it is added to my ‘next time’ list as it comes highly recommended from locals and those who have had the pleasure of staying there. The B&B is also a pub, so I already like it.
Address: Rockfield, Coolaney, Sligo, Ireland
Coilldara House B&B (Tubbercurry)
Another place that comes highly recommended but I didn’t get a chance to stay at during my Sligo trip was Coilldara House B&B in Tubbercurry. The B&B is located inside a house in the country and Patricia, the owner, won the Georgina Campbell Best Irish Breakfasts award in 2018. Next time I am in Sligo, I will likely stay at Coilldara and never leave.
Address: Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo, Ireland
Hotels in Sligo, Ireland
The great thing accommodations in Sligo is that there are several various types you can stay at. The county has guesthouses, B&Bs, and many hotels for all types of travelers on all sorts of budgets. I didn’t get a chance to stay at all of the Sligo hotels listed below, but I did eat and visit several of them when in Ireland. Below are some of the best hotels in Sligo.
The Hill Hotel (Gurteen)
I had many enjoyable experiences in Sligo, but one of my absolute favorites was my entire time in Gurteen. And that most definitely included my stay at The Hill Hotel. Gerry is the manager and he showed me all around town… which basically resulted in a lot of Guinness (as it should). I am going to be writing a post in the future about Gurteen, but I have to say that if you find yourself there or have an extra few days when road tripping through Ireland- be sure to make a stop at The Hill Hotel.
The Hill Hotel recently got a facelift and the rooms are insanely spacious and modern. I am claustrophobic, so this put me at ease immediately. They also have a restaurant and bar on-site which offered tasty food and drinks. One of the best Sligo accommodations out there!
Address: Rathmadder, Gurteen, Co. Sligo, Ireland
Castle Dargan (Ballygawley)
While I didn’t have the opportunity to stay at Castle Dargan, I definitely have it on my list for next time. I had the chance to visit Castle Dargan, go to the Icon Spa there, see the golf course, and have a delicious lunch of fish and chips.
Castle Dargan is a luxury resort, wellness center, and golf club. The entire place is absolutely stunning and rejuvenating and the perfect place to spend a weekend disconnected from everything else in society. Their spa actually gave me my first spa experience… which is embarrassing to admit I have gone this long without any form of self-care. I am now a total convert.
The golf course is remarkable and in excellent shape. And they even host weddings and other events at Castle Dargan. This is definitely one of the best hotels in Sligo.
Address: Ballygawley, Sligo, Ireland
Murphy’s Hotel (Tubbercurry)
Another place I didn’t have a chance to stay at but visit instead was Murphy’s Hotel in Tubbercurry. I had one of the best meals of my life there at the hotel’s restaurant and carvery (thanks, Barry!) and I loved getting to know more about the hotel and local area from Paul. I really hope to get a chance to call Murphy’s Hotel home next time I am in West Sligo (which will hopefully happen soon as I want to see more of the county!
Address: Teeling St, Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo, Ireland
The Coach House Hotel (Ballymote)
When I first arrived in County Sligo, I ended up getting off the train in Ballymote, a historic town with beautiful castle ruins. I immediately went to The Coach House Hotel for lunch and a meeting and I was blown away at the hospitality, quality of food (I am such a sucker for good fish and chips), and the cozy atmosphere. While I didn’t get to stay there on this trip, I will be prioritizing staying there on my next travels to Sligo!
Address: Grattan Street, Ballymote, Co. Sligo, Ireland
Finding Sligo accommodation may not seem easy when you’re planning your road trip through Ireland or even along the Wild Atlantic Way, but I can personally vouch for most of these places and that they are all worthy places to stay when you’re in Sligo. The Sligo hotels and B&Bs listed above all offer exceptional hospitality, remarkable service, and delicious food and I know that all will leave you with a wonderful impression of Sligo and Irish people once you return home!
Fun Activities in Sligo and Nearby
• Irish Whiskey Tasting in Ballina: In Ballina, you can partake in an Irish whiskey tasting where you get to taste, learn, and appreciate one of Ireland’s most famous exports. Click here for prices and availability.
•*Two-Hour Surf Lesson in Strandhill: Not down in the south or west, but a quick stop on your way north, you can stop and take a surf lesson for two hours on the Coolera Peninsula. Click here for prices and availability.
• 6-Day Wild Atlantic Way Tour: Independent travel not for you? This 6-day tour takes you up the Wild Atlantic Way of Ireland’s west with a nice stop and many activities in Sligo. Click here for prices and availability.
***I was a guest of South Sligo Tourism when I was visiting Sligo this year. Thanks to each and every person who had a hand in making this trip absolutely stellar. All opinions are my own.
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