Autumn in Sligo – Don’t let a little rain ruin your holiday!

Embrace the Irish autumn weather in all its glory with a few days away in Co. Sligo. Luckily, we have plenty do in all weather conditions, from mountain climbing and loop walks, to adrenaline pumping water-based activities like surfing, supping and much more. There’s always a host of events happening this time of the year, both indoor and outdoor so be sure to pack your raingear and begin planning your west of Ireland adventure today.

Cawley’s boast a perfect location to explore the famous Wild Atlantic Way, just a short car journey to the six discovery points in Co. Sligo and 20 minutes from Ireland West Knock Airport. Sligo is also the closest point along the Wild Atlantic Way from Dublin, making it an ideal base to explore the northwest coast for our visitors from the east.

To help get the most out of your trip to Sligo, we’ve put together a few things to do in any weather conditions…..

Culture Night – 20th September: Returning for its fourteenth year, wrap up in culture as venues throughout Sligo host a programme of free late-night entertainment, as part of an all-island celebration of arts, heritage and culture.

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Spanish Armada Festival – 20th-22nd September:

Remembering the Armada is an annual event commemorating those who died at Streedagh Beach in Sligo as part of the Spanish Armada. 3 ships, La Lavia, Santa María de Visón & La Juliana sank at Streedagh in September 1588 with the loss of over 1,000 lives.

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Cloonacool Sheep Festival – 21st September: A Rural Ireland tradition, the two main highlights are the John Hogan dance 10pm on Saturday 21st and the Sheep Show on Sunday afternoon.


Sligo Races – 25th September: Annual September meeting at the Sligo Races.


Sligo Food Trail Taste the Island Harvest Feast – 18th October

The new Fáilte Ireland programme celebrating Ireland’s seasonal ingredients, adventurous tastes and bold experiences takes place in September, October and November. There are lots of events taking place throughout Sligo for this new initiative including the showcase Harvest Feast.


Sligo Live – 18th-28th October: This fantastic festival offers music in many genres including Americana, Folk & Roots, Indie, Comedy and much more.

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Scare in the Park at Sligo Folk Park – Halloween: Enjoy a fancy dress, trick or treat, music and dance and much more at Sligo Folk Park’s annual scare in the park.


Cawley’s Brown Bread and Jam Club – Saturday 9th November: Join us for fun and entertainment at our annual Brown Bread and Jam Club. Verse, storytelling and more from 8pm. All are welcome.

Are you a thrill seeker or in search of something a little calmer? Sligo has something for everyone with a host of activity providers offering everything from surfing, horse riding and rock climbing to heritage trails up mountains or along the rugged Atlantic coast……

Wild Wet Adventures – Website:

Island View Riding Stables –

Seatrails –

Sligo Bay Sup –

Carraig Climbing –

Sligo Boat Charters –

Wild West Sailing –

Sligo Surf Experience –

Strandhill Surf Experience –


Pick up a copy of ‘Sligo’s Hidden Gems’ and traverse the unspoilt beauty and landscapes of Co.Sligo.