by Mark Walton
If you’re looking to hop on the staycation bandwagon or just planning a weekend break, Sligo is a good place to start. But of course we would say that!
The VOYA team create award winning organic beauty products just minutes away from the gorgeous mile long Beach at Strandhill. We love dropping into Sligo town just five miles to catch the buzz and we’re often found putting on our walking boots to catch the sunset at the nearby Killaspugbrone Church, founded on the spot where St Patrick lost a tooth.
There is so much to do and see and we’re excited to share our guide to Sligo with you!
Of course we’re a little biased where Sligo is concerned, but you don’t need to take our word for it. Sligo has a landscape, beautiful unspoilt coastline, and lots and lots of Ireland’s legendary cosy country pubs to recommend it.
As the good folk at the Lonely Planet point out in their guide to Sligo “County Sligo packs as much poetry, myth and folklore into its countryside’s lush splendour as any shamrock lover could hope for.”
For anyone interested in nature and organic remedies a trip to Sligo has many added benefits. With organic restaurants and nature in abundance, we’d go so far as to say it’s the organic capital of Ireland!
Here are some of the places you won’t want to miss, to make the most of your trip west.
Best organic meal
Osta Café and Wine Bar
Rod Alston of Eden Plants is a pioneer organic farmer, and one of Osta’s primary suppliers of organic seasonal vegetables. If you are looking for the organic seal of approval, we think that’s probably it.
Local suppliers bring fresh ingredients and produce of all types to the café, and even their (famous) coffee is ethically sourced, and a special organic mix. If the promise of delicious homemade cake won’t lure you in on its own, it’s in the perfect quayside location to watch the world go by underneath Sligo’s Hyde Bridge.
Best place for an organic spa treatment
Cromleach Lodge Spa
Cromleach Lodge’s spa is aptly named Ciúnas (quiet, in Irish), and you won’t be fully relaxed until you’ve picked out a treatment or two to settle you in. The spa’s philosophy is to care for the body, calm the mind, and nourish the spirit. All treatments are organic and therapists use products from VOYA. Just keep in mind our spa etiquette tips, relax and enjoy!
Best way to experience Sligo’s natural beauty
If the weather is on your side, experience the county at its best with Sea Trails. They offer guided walking tours, outdoor adventures and discovery tours, all led by a qualified Maritime Archaeologist. They are eco-friendly trips, and you’ll see everything from Sligo Harbour to Lough Gill, the Wild Atlantic Way to Rosses Point.
Best luxury natural beauty treatment
If you’re looking to experience something a little different from the norm while you’re away, why not give our VOYA Seaweed Baths a go? You start with a 10 minute steam to open your pores and relax your muscles, before laying back in the tub to enjoy the feel of the seaweed’s oils soaking into your skin. Follow this with another steam, and an invigorating cold shower, if you’re feeling up to your own Ice Bucket Challenge.
The heat in the bath releases rich essential oils from the seaweed. This not only make your skin feel lovely and soft, but it also helps ease tensions and aches. If you enjoy the bath, and we know you will, you can recreate it with our tips at home.
Thinking of experiencing Sligo as a tourist?
Sligo has plenty to offer everyone from the most travelled of tourists to those just looking for a quick break. Our recommendations for the best of Sligo’s organic and natural options should leave you completely relaxed and feeling healthy and refreshed. For more tips in future, follow us on Twitter @VOYABeauty or like us on Facebook.
PS. If you’re planning a visit to the Seaweed Baths check out this Interactive Tourist Map of Strandhill to see what else is on offer locally. We’re number nine!