Heritage & History around Sligo

Sligo is a county rich in heritage & history - During your stay at Castle Dargan Resort why not explore the ancient sites and ruins throughout the region and immerse yourself in the history of the beautiful Yeats County. The 'Sligo Heritage' website www.sligoheritage.com has lots more information of the history, heritage, mythology or folklore of County Sligo.

Carrowmore Megalithic Tombs

Carrowmore is one of four passage tomb cemeteries in Ireland and one of the most important  megalithic cemeteries in Europe with over 30 megalithic tombs still standing and the ruins of many others still evident. The tombs date back to between  4300 and 3500 years BC. The majority of the tombs are a mixture of Dolmen and small passage tombs. Above is a picture of tomb 51, also known as Listoghil, the tomb stands on the highest point of the Carrowmore complex, the only tomb definitely covered by a cairn and also the largest in the cemetery, the cairn is 34 metres in diameter.

Contact; 071 916 1534 or carrowmoretomb@opw.ie - Or click here to visit the website
Opening Hours; Open 30th March to 3rd October from 10am- 6pm (Last admission at 5.00pm)
Admission: Adult: €3.00, Senior or Group: €2.00, Child or Student: €1.00, Family: €8.00

Knocknarea mountain dominates the landscape to the south of Sligo, standing between Strandhill and Ballysadare. Its most striking feature is the ‘cairn’ or mound at the top of the mountain. The Cairn is reputed to be the final resting place of Meave, the warrior queen of Connacht dressed in full battle regalia facing northward toward her enemies.
The summit (pictured below) can be reached through a short climb but visitors are asked not to walk on the cairn or remove any stones from the summit. Please click HERE for more information on Sligo Walks.


The remote and uninhabited island of Inishmurray Island stands four miles off the coast of Sligo and is the site of a 6th century, early Christian site founded by Saint Molaise. It is famed for its remarkably intact buildings and for the abundance of its flora and fauna. The remains of the monastic settlement include ecclesiastical buildings, oratory, two churches and a beehive cell . The last inhabitants left the island in 1948. Boat trips can be organised through Ewings Boat Charters, click here to BOOK

W.B. Yeats
William Butler Yeats, stated no place influenced him more than Sligo - his ‘Land of Heart’s Desire’ and its the beauty of the cunty that filled his early poetry.

When speaking of Castle Dargan;"I liked the place for the romances of its two ruined castles facing one another across a little lake","O, but I saw a solemn sight; Said the rambling, shambling travelling-man; Castle Dargan's ruin all lit, Lovely ladies dancing in it." - W. B. Yeats. It is almost a century since Yeats penned these King of the Great Clock Tower lines following one of his many visits to Castle Dargan.

Ben Bulben is a brooding bump on Sligo’s coast and Yeats felt its presence so deeply that he wrote the poem Under Ben Bulben. Yeats’ relationship with the mountain continues to this day as he is buried in its shadow in Drumcliff cemetery.

Follow in his footsteps today at Castle Dargan and the nearby Yeats Society located in the Yeats Memorial Building in the centre of Sligo click here for directions. Below is a bronze statue of William Butler Yeats located outside the Ulster bank on Stephen Street in Sligo, created by Rohan Gillespie. Yeats’ son, Michael, unveiled it in 1989 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his death. The statue is engraved  with excerpts of the poet’s most famous works