If you want to get to Sligo from Westport, or somewhere around, you have a few choices. First, you can catch the bus and it’s about 22€ a single ticket (18€student) and if you want to also return by bus it’s 32€ both trips (29€ students).
Second, you can ask for a ride in getthere.ie.
Or third you can just write Sligo or the major towns until there and wait on the side of the road for someone to give you a ride. That’s what I did and I needed tree rides to get to sligo. First, I ask for a ride to Castlebar then to Ballina and then Sligo. It took me 02:40h to get there. Almost the same as the bus and I saved 18€.
What to do in Sligo?
You just have the weekend and you want to see as much as you can so here is some tips.
You have definitely to go to Strandhill. It’s the beach cost of Sligo and it’s lovely. You can catch the bus in front of the Central Bus Station and it’s a 10min ride. The ticket it’s around 5€ (single and return).
You have some hostels and B&B, a caravan and camping park, restaurants, surf schools and a golf course. It’s quite small but very cosy and lovely. And you have a beach so that’s pretty much the highlight of it. You should also try to go to the Knocknarea hill. I didn’t go because the weather was terrible, but everyone one says it has a beautiful view from the top.
Take a look 🙂
In town, you should visit the Sligo Abbey. It’s a very old monument and it’s open to the public. You have also a few more monuments that you can check. Get the tourist maps in the tourist point in front of the Post office.
Take a walk around town, there’s a lot of shopping centers and cute shops where you can spend a few hours. Eat an ice cream and sit on a bench near the bridges. Or go to one of the secret gardens of Sligo. You also have a cinema and a few museums.
All of these if you don’t have a car like me, but if you do have a way to travel around you should check a few places near Sligo like Tobernalt Holy Well, Carrowmore megalithic cemetery, Rosses Point, Lissadell House and Sruth In Aghaidh An Aird – The Devil’s Chimney.