Steeped in history and surrounded by an amazing landscape of ocean and mountains, Strandhill will leave you in awe over and over again.Nestled away under the foot of Knocknarea mountain on the west coast of Ireland and located just outside Sligo Town, it is easily accessible and only 2.5 hours from Dublin. If you’re planning to travel for the Food Festival make sure you plan to spend a few days here. Take in the festival while you relax and unwind in of the most magical places in Ireland.
Top 5 things to do while in Strandhill for the Food Festival
1. Kayak the inland lakes with Sligo Kayak Tours
Sligo Kayak Tours is a small, locally-owned and operated business which strives to be an industry leader in sustainable tourism. Barry and his team run guided kayak tours of the beautiful coastal estuaries and tranquil inland lakes of Co. Sligo, Ireland. Discover untouched nature and world renowned landmarks from the comfort of your own sea kayak before or after the festival. See HERE for more.
2. Yoga at Salt & Soul Yoga Studio
Located just a stone's throw away from Sligo Airport and the festival site, Salt & Soul wellness studio welcome beginners right up to the most experienced yogi. The Studio also offers classes for children, teenagers and pregnant women, and more gentle yoga classes for elderly members. This is the perfect environment to learn, discover and expand your heart, mind and body while in Strandhill. See www.saltandsoul.ie for more.
4. Take A Surf Lesson
No trip to Strandhill is complete without getting into the Atlantic Ocean. Early October is a great time to learn as the water isn't too cold and some of the surf schools are not as busy meaning you get a smaller group to learn with. See iSurfIreland, Surf N Stay or Perfect Day Surf School for more details.
3. EXPLORE QUEEN MAEVE's TRAIL By Foot
The Queen Maeve trail takes walkers up the northern slopes of Knocknarea, past Megalithic and Bronze Age remains through Coillte forests along a raised boardwalk or ‘bog bridge’ to the summit. Along the route are abandoned and derelict stone cottages, with stories to tell. The trail includes over 500 wooden steps and opens out onto Knocknarea’s summit, providing spectacular views over Sligo Bay, Nephin in Mayo to Slieve League sea cliffs in Donegal.
5. Soak in a hot seaweed bath
Seaweed baths have been a tradition in Ireland for hundreds of years and are Ireland’s only indigenous spa therapy. An hour soaking in a tub of seaweed, followed by a full-body massage, leaves you revived and fresh, and you don’t need to be a sports fanatic to enjoy it - it’s for everyone. The baths are also used to help alleviate stress, relieve skin conditions and are beneficial in the treatment of muscle aches and joint stiffness. This is the perfect way to relax and unwind while visiting the village for the festival. See voya.ie