Why Sligo?

Sligo’s reputation as a hub for creativity, art and innovation has been growing for some time now and not surprisingly over the last three years, Shore Shots Festival winners in all categories hail from Sligo and the Northwest. When looking for a new home, Sligo seemed like such a suitable fit and ticked a lot of boxes for our team.  Our new home is at The Model, a world-class arts centre with ideal spaces for talks, music, food and film screenings over two days. As a festival we get to spread our wings a bit and we also get to offer visitors a taste of Sligo’s cultural cachet. Not only will we be hosting film screenings during the day and night, we'll have talks, presentations and music with activities like kayaking, yoga and of course surfing each morning for the more adventurous. Other festival highlights over the weekend include talks from Backwash founder/ pro-surfer and environmentalist Matt Smith, internationally renowned artist Dorothy Cross, music from David Kitt, All City Records, a story-telling workshop with big wave surfer Easkey Britton, world-class photography from the incredible Ian Mitchinson, a showcase of the Plastic Project by Tim Nunn and loads more.

 
 
Barry Motterhead of Sligo Kayak Tours

Barry Motterhead of Sligo Kayak Tours

Our top 5 activities to try when in Sligo for Shore Shots

Ben Bulben, Co. Sligo

Ben Bulben, Co. Sligo

Owners Jane and Myles Lamberth of Shells Cafe, Strandhill

Owners Jane and Myles Lamberth of Shells Cafe, Strandhill

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Sligo photographer Christian McLeod. Check out his instagram @christianmcld

Sligo photographer Christian McLeod. Check out his instagram @christianmcld

Top Five Eateries

If food is your thing then you’re in luck as the town and surrounding areas are bursting with new and exciting eateries; head for a surf at Easkey Right and follow it up with a delicious lunch at Pudding Row, or if you’re passionate about plants, Sweet Beat Café offers a plant-based menu in Sligo. Staying in town, head to the main street to find Knox Café with one of Ireland’s leading body boarders Shane Meehan heading up the kitchen. If you’re on the go, then head to Kate’s Kitchen, stocked with so many great artisan products. In Strandhill, enjoy brunch outside Shells Café or grab a pint of craft beer before dining with sunset views at the newly opened Draft House. If you’re after seafood, Eithna’s By The Sea in Mullaghmore is also must.

The Top 5 places for a Decent Pint

No trip to Sligo is complete without sampling a good pint. Sligo’s own craft brewery The White Hag will be available throughout the weekend. Saturday night sees musical luminary Donal Dineen and Galway band February & Mars in Sixth on Teeling but if you’ve got an itch to see more of the town (or inside its bars), take a look at our hit list below:

  • Shoot The Crows, Market Cross
  • Connolly’s Bar, Sligo
  • The Strand Bar, Strandhill
  • The Venue Bar, Strandhill
  • Tricky’s McGarrigles, O’Connell Street

Those in the know – who to follow on Twitter / Instagram

Want to know exactly what’s happening in Sligo over the weekend? Make sure to follow these accounts for local knowledge and inspiration: