Seven things to do in Sligo for Students on a budget

Ard Nua is one of Sligo’s most popular student accommodation spots. They recommended seven things to do nearby the luxury student accommodation for less than 20 euro! Situated less than 600m from IT Sligo and the town centre it is an ideal location for IT Sligo Students.With buses that stop right outside the gates for St. Angela’s College its ideal for Students studying there too. With the return to college just around the corner, here some activities and things to do close to Ard Nua. 


  1. Knocknarea 

Who’s the Queen?…Nope it’s not Beyonce it’s Queen Maedhbh! Knocknarea is an epic 40 minute hike just outside Sligo with views of the old land of the Fianna and the wild Atlantic coastline. Hike up Knocknarea for sunrise or sunset and visit a huge Cairn at the top, rumour to host the remains of the Queen herself. Again, if you need to prioritise Domino’s…this ones also down the road and FREE. 

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2. Hazelwood Hike

Located just over two kilometers from the gates of Ard Nua, Hazelwood is one of the hidden gems of Sligo. A beautiful forest trail that sits on the shores of Lough Gill, Hazelwood is one of the most beautiful places in Sligo. Offering a unique series of outdoor sculptures, a quiet picnic area and beautiful lakeside views it’s the perfect place to visit after a long day stuck in the books. We recommend this hike and IT’S FREE. 

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3. Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery

The Carrowmore Megalithic Tombs are the largest and oldest collection of stone circles and dolmens in Ireland. The tombs are located just three kilometers from Sligo Town, at the center of the Collrea peninsula. If you’re a history buff or just enjoy the great outdoors then these are definitely worth a visit. There are 30 monuments still standing, albeit in various stages of completion and preservation. It’s a great way to spend the evening after a hard day of graft in college – and ITS FREE.


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4. Sligo Abbey

Another one for the history buffs, Sligo Abbey known locally as the Abbey is a Dominican Friary founded by Maurice Fitzgerald in the mid – 13th century. There is a wide array of carvings on the site, including Gothic and Renaissance tomb sculpture, well preserved cloister and the only sculptured 15th century high altar to survive in any Irish monastic church. There is a small entrance fee of €5 to enter the abbey but it’s well worth it.

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5. Benbulben Looped Walk (Gortarowey)

One of the most distinctive mountains in Ireland, Benbulben is often referred to as Ireland’s Table Mountain. There are numerous trails to hike around the mountain but the Gortarowey trail is suitable for all ages and abilities. The trail begins in a secluded forest area before opening out to provide genuinely stunning close up views of Benbulben head. Further along the walk panoramic views of Donegal Bay are also available with the mountains of Donegal including Slieve League highly prominent in addition to Mullaghmore and Classiebawn Castle. It’s a perfect hike to unwind after a long week at college – it also provides an unlimited amount of Instagram moments.

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6. Glencar Waterfall

Speaking of Instagram moments, ever had your picture taken in front of a waterfall? Glencar Waterfall is one of the most surreal and beautiful places in the entire North West. The waterfall is over 50 foot high and is the inspiration for the W.B Yeats poem ‘The Stolen Child’.  There is a lovely short wooded walk which brings you right up to the waterfall. There is picnic areas, a cafe, public toilets and a tourism information point all located on site. Just met a girl in college and looking for a cheap romantic date, look no further than this one.

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7. Rosses Point

Met a lovely lad or lassie at the Ard Nua fountain on Friday night?! Take them for a romantic stroll on the beach at Rosses Point. A list of things to do in Sligo would not be complete without mentioning one of the nearby amazing beaches. Both Strandhill and Rosses Point are fantastic choices but Rosses Point is slightly closer to Ard Nua so it might be a slightly better option. Three beautiful beaches separated by picturesque cliffs Rosses point is an amazing beach to walk. The water is also safe to swim in, so it really is a great way to spend the evening. 

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