Things to do and see in this area:
to the area are always impressed by the remains of the historic
Ballymote castle in the town. Adjacent to it is the newly created
town park which includes a lovely children's playground. Carrowkeel
Megalithic tombs are just a short drive away, as are the spectacular
Caves of Keash. Just beside Ballymote you can view beautiful
birds of prey at Eagles Flying, while there is a very interesting
folk park at Riverstown.
Nearer to Sligo, you have Lough Gill, Dooney Rock, Hazelwood,
Knocknarea topped with Queen Maeve's grave, and the Majestic
Ben Bulben mountain. For those interested in the history of
W.B. Yeats, Lissadell House and Drumcliffe churchyard are obvious
There are miles of sandy beaches in County Sligo, Strandhill,
Culleenamore, Rosses Point, Streedagh, and Enniscrone being
examples. You can experience the delights of a seaweed bath
in both Strandhill and Enniscrone. Should you decide to leave
to leave the county, Parkes' Castle in Dromahair and the beautiful
Glencar waterfall are a short journey away in Co. Leitrim.
Trips to Westport, Cong and Knock shrine in Co Mayo are recommended
by past visitors. King House and Lough Key Forest Park are
to be found in Boyle Co Roscommon and are worth a visit. County
Donegal has a host of delights for all age groups and tastes.
Walking, swimming, horseriding, golf (several courses nearby
including a particularly nice one in Ballymote itself), fishing
(lake, river and deep sea) boating and surfing are all available
without travelling too far. Sligo town has theatres, cinemas,
hotels, restaurants and a full range of shops and services.
Ballymote has it's own supermarkets, pubs, a hotel, restaurants,
churches etc. Traditional music is widely available in the
locality, particularly in Gurteen, where you can find the Coleman
Heritage Centre. There are several traditional music Summer
Schools run in the area, in addition to a number of music festivals.
For horseracing fans, there are a number of meetings at the
Sligo Racecourse throughout the year.
The Ballymote Business Association website is to showcase all that Ballymote has to offer and to promote the town as a great place to live, work and do business in.
Ballymote District Angling Club has access to some of the most spectacular fishing waterways to be found in the north west of Ireland.
Ballymote Golf club is a gem of a course hidden between the Curlew Mountains and Ballymote Town. Ballymote Golf Course has become one of Connaught's premier golf experiences. The Lake hole 7th is the signature hole set into Ballinascarrow Lake and would match the 17th at Druids Glenn as a beautiful spectacle.
Boyle & District Angling Club
King House is a magnificently restored Georgian Mansion located in Boyle, County Roscommon. It was built in the early 1700’s for Sir Henry King, whose family were one of the most powerful and wealthy in Ireland. (Open April to September. Tuesday to Saturday at 11am with last admissions at 4pm.)