Surf Coast: top tours

Easkey, County Sligo

Cycle up a mountain, kayak to a deserted island and forage for cockles and mussels to make a traditional Irish feast – take a tour and see the Surf Coast in ways you never expected

Wild Atlantic Cultural Tours

If you want to get up close and personal with the Irish countryside, Wild Atlantic Cultural Tours has you covered. Spend the day foraging cockles and mussels for dinner, and learn how to dry seaweed as a traditional snack.

Denis's knowledge of the wildlife is unbelievable. He led us to forage for mussels, cockles, samphire and many other ingredients, all of which we cooked that evening for dinner.

Joe, TripAdvisor

Tour times change based on the tides and weather, so make sure to wear your wellies! Wild Atlantic Tours also offers workshops in traditional local crafts, including blacksmithing, pottery and sculpting.

Yeats Experience Day Tour

The Yeats Experience Day Tour takes in all the places that meant the most to poet William Butler Yeats, including his childhood homes of Sligo Town, Ballisodare and Rosses Point. The beauty of these Sligo villages is present throughout the poet’s writing, and the work of his brother, artist Jack B Yeats.

We thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful mountain, lake and woods vistas. Damian provided historical info on Yeats as well as wonderful readings.

Dale, Facebook

Tour guide Damien Brennan is an expert in the history and poetry of the area and will take you on a journey of discovery. The routes vary based on season and weather so wrap up warm and wear your hiking boots!

Bundoran Surf Co

Already known as one of the best surf schools on the island of Ireland, Bundoran Surf Co is taking their laid-back approach on the road! The Hidden Gems tour will take you through the lesser known beauties of the Surf Coast.

Great weekend in Bundoran with Surf Co. Couldn't have been better, so much fun. We enjoyed every minute and want to come back!

Laura, Facebook

Expert guides will take you through Glenade Valley, the Glens of Leitrim, Eagles Rock and the highest waterfall in Ireland, the Devil’s Chimney, sharing stories about mysterious lake monsters and bear caves.

Sligo Tours

Starting at the picturesque village of Rosses Point, Sligo Tours will take you on a journey through the history of the Ben Bulben area. Nestled below the mountain is Drumcliffe, the ancient monastery village where William Butler Yeats was laid to rest.

We had a very enjoyable day touring the beautiful coast and Ben Bulben area with Gerry. We learned a lot and laughed a lot!

Sian, TripAdvisor

From there, you'll travel to Mullaghmore and the Creevykeel Court Tomb, a Neolithic tomb dating back 6,000 years. The spectacular Horseshoe Valley with the mountain towering over the ridge will take your breath away with its majesty.

Sea Fishing Sligo

Take to the water with Sea Fishing Sligo’s fishing and sightseeing tours. Sligo Bay is one of the best places in Ireland to fish, with up to 190 species found in its clear waters. As you fish keep an eye out for the dolphins who call Sligo home!

Tommy and Kyle take you to some beautiful areas and to many great fishing locations. We all laughed, caught loads of fish, and made some great memories.

Theresa, Facebook

Take a break from fishing to explore Inishmurray, a monastic island 7km off the Sligo coast. Inishmurray was inhabited from the 6th century and is packed with fascinating ruins that tell the history of the island.

Sligo Kayak Tours

What better way to see Sligo’s beautiful waterways than in a kayak? Set off from the tiny Moneygold Harbour and paddle to historic Dernish Island to explore an ancient farming settlement. Meander along Ballisodare Bay to the seal colony and watch from afar to see these wonderful beasts in their natural habitat.

Lough Gill is incredibly beautiful, and we loved every minute. The company puts safety first, providing wetsuits, spray skirts and dry bags for comfort. Pulled into a sheltered cove for tea and biscuits!

Karen, TripAdvisor

You can also head away from the coast and explore Lough Gill and the beautiful scenery of Glencar Lake and waterfall.

Northwest Adventure Tours

This is the perfect tour for anyone who loves history, nature and spectacular scenery. Knocknarea Cycle Tour explores the Hidden Glen and Knocknarea Mountain, as well as the famous Queen Maeve’s Grave. The Hidden Glen is a chasm cut into the limestone rock stretching more than a kilometre into the mountain, with cliff walls more than 18 metres high on either side.

We had a fantastic few hours with Barry, who was extremely courteous and attentive, and gave us a potted history of the mountain and adjoining areas. He was very interesting and the walk was comfortable and exhilarating.

Susan, TripAdvisor

Expert guides take you through Knocknarea Mountain passage tombs and the legends that surround them. And as you gaze out on the Croaghan Mountain, Carrowkeel megalithic cemetery, Cairns Hill, the Ox Mountains and Ben Bulben, you’ll hear the stories behind the views, gaining a deep understanding of the Surf Coast and its heritage.

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