Horse Riding

Riding on a beautiful sandy beach or through laneways and quiet backroads, Cliffoney is an ideal base for an equestrian holiday! Cliffoney is located close to a number of excellent riding stables including Island View Riding Stables which is listed in the directory section of this website.


Cliffoney is on the 200 mile North West Cycle Trail which is one of Ireland’ s most enjoyable and exciting designated bike routes, taking in five counties. (See Guardian article). If that sounds a bit of a commitment, the area around Cliffoney has many tracks and bothairins (laneways) which make for ideal cycling routes. Bike Hire…


[codepeople-post-map]In the Cliffoney vicinity are some of Europe’s top angling destinations and an absolute paradise for both salmon fishing and sea angling. Drowes Fishery This is one of Ireland’s premier spring salmon and grilse fisheries. The Drowes is among the earliest opening salmon fisheries in the country and regularly claims the honour of producing Ireland’s…

Spanish Armada

Three of the boats of the Spanish Armada(1588), La Lavia, Juliania and Santa Maria de La Vision, were wrecked along the nearby coastline at Streedagh with the lost of over 1,500 lives. Divers have recovered canon and other artifacts from the wrecks and there are rumours of pieces of gold washed up on the beach!…

Cliffoney Beach

Cliffoney Beach is a beautiful, unspoilt beach, near the football field, within easy walking distance of the village. This beach two mile long quite empty beach is excellent for getting away from it all and for walking, horse riding, shore angling and surfing but due to strong tides and no lifeguards swimming is not advised.

Classiebawn Castle

The trip along the R279 from Cliffoney to Mullaghmore is dominated by Classiebawn Castle, which is best known as the former home of Lord Louis Mountbatten, Viceroy of India and Earl of Burma. This striking building is one of the most photographed icons in the north-west of Ireland, with its fairytale towers and its dramatic…

Gleniff Horseshoe

Gleniff Horseshoe

Gleniff Horseshoe so called because of its shape and layout. Along the drive or walk can be clearly seen the dramatic cliffs containing the cave that served as a hiding place for mythical runaway lovers Diarmuid and Grainne. This epic tale of young love is best read over a steaming hot Whiskey or cooling pint…

Cliffoney and Lord Palmerston

The village of Cliffoney itself was the first Sligo home of British Prime MinisterLord Palmerston where he resided at the Cliffoney Inn (now O’Donnell’s Bar) before building Classiebawn Castle at nearby Mullaghmore. Lord Palmerston’s grandfather had been granted the title of Viscount Palmerston on 12 March 1723 and was also made Baron Temple, of Mount…

Mobile Library

Thursday Fortnightly Service Benwiskin Centre 9.00 – 10.00 Mullaghmore 10.30 – 11.15 Cliffoney 11.30 – 12.15 Grange 12.30 – 1.15 Dates: Thursday 10th January 2013 Thursday 24th January 2013 Thursday 7th February 2013 Thursday 21st February 2013 Thursday 7th March 2013 Thursday 21st March 2013 Thursday 4th April 2013 Thursday 18th April 2013

Glencar Waterfall

Glencar Waterfall is particularly impressive after rain and can be viewed from a lovely wooded walk. There are more waterfalls visible from the road and also on-site picnic facilities and an information kiosk. Its setting and charm inspired the poet W. B. Yeats in his poem The Stolen Child.[codepeople-post-map]

Innishmurray Island

Innishmurray Island

[codepeople-post-map] Taking the R279 opposite the Catholic Church in Cliffoney you catch the first glimpse of Inishmurray Island, about four miles off the Sligo coast……. The island contains the remains of a remarkable Early Christian monastic settlement which was home to St Maloise, confessor of St Colmcille, and it was from here that Colmcille was…