Things to do in Sligo | Sligo Activities | A Day Out

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One of the great things to do in Sligo on a day out is a trip with Ewing’s, a brilliant activity for young and old alike. With us, we offer a multitude of day out ideas to cater for everyone from kids to grandparents! See if some of the boat trips and activities we run below appeal to your senses.


Sligo Bay holds good varied grounds from reefs to rocks and sandbanks for offshore and big game angling. Shark fishing is available from mid-August until the end of September and evening mackerel trips depart daily by appointment. Half day, full day and evening fishing trips are available to try catch some of Sligo Bays many species!

Catch n’ cook

Have your days catch cooked professionally at a local restaurant, and take the rest home! If you are a fan of fish, nothing beats it this fresh.

Coney Island Taxis

Hop onboard the M.V. Sarah Marie or M.V. Dalemoor for a short water taxi ride to Coney Island. Here people generally like to walk the island, visit the fairy forts, famine structures, the pub or go swimming in the crystal clear waters. There is a beautiful secluded beach to the island’s rear. A lot of groups bring a BBQ or a picnic to make the day extra special. Some groups go on the quest to find St. Patrick’s Wishing Chair, or the remains of a washed up whale on the north side of the island.

Inishmurray Island

This historic island was founded in the 6th Century but abandoned in 1948, and contains a variety of sights in its monastic settlement ranging from bee-hive huts to cursing stones. Other ecclesiastical buildings which remain visible within its boundaries include a stone roofed oratory, two churches, a clochan and an old schoolhouse. This island is one of Sligo’s top historic destinations, and another great place for a BBQ or a swim in its crystal clear waters!

Sightseeing/ Eco-tourism tours

This option is popular with families and other sightseeing groups. The tours depart Sligo’s new pontoon or Rosses Point Pier, and give an introduction to Sligo Bay in either a two or three hour trip. The type of trip can be arranged to suit the bird, lighthouse, wreck or seal watcher alike! Dolphins have also even been known to make an appearance on this trip.

Seal Watch

Hop on board the Sarah Marie for a short cruise to check out a nearby seal colony.

The Beach Bar

A short walk from Aughris Pier, The 17th Century Beach Bar is Sligo’s most charismatic thatched pub. It is situated beside a scenic cliff-top walk and close to many local facilities for surfers and swimmers. A menu for the bar-food is available on board the Sarah Marie, so clients can order a meal en route to the bar, and have it ready for them on arrival. The steak is highly recommended! (Landing dependent on tidal activity)

Stag and Hen Parties

Sligo Boat Charters offers a special six hour party trip rate for these occasions, which can include a few hours fishing or seal watching, followed by a meal at the Beach Bar or a drink/BBQ on Coney Island (times dependent on tides).

Kids Parties

For those extra special kid’s parties or family excursions we can offer charters where you can catch your first fish with your child, explore Coney or Inishmurray Island, visit the local seal colonies or just go for a short sightseeing cruise from Sligo town’s new pontoon. A kid’s party meal can even be arranged on a trip to the Beach Bar in Aughris. That is, if you decide not to bring your BBQ to one of the islands!

Wedding After Parties

An after party on Coney Island is a popular option for many a bride and groom and we have catered for many of these in the past! We also cater for engagement and wedding photos on the water. Featured on one Fab Day 2015. Call for details so we can customize your charter.

You can combine and tailor these trips together to find the trip that best suits you!

Further details of any of these tours can be found on their respective pages on this site.
Your skipper will also give you any local info on local events and activities that are taking place during your stay.

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