6 – 13 August 2024
8 Days
14 to 18

Experience Sligo with people who live there

Harper and Sligo native Catherine Rhatigan invites you to explore the magical landscape and lifestyle of North Sligo, stunning beach walks, Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, WB Yeats, Knocknarea, Seaweed and Hawk walks, history and stories.

More detailed tour information is given in the Itinerary Section.


6 – 13  August 2024


The number of places is limited and the flights are cheap if one can book early. We will confirm the trip as soon as we have 10 registrations. Please do not book flights until we confirm the trip.


Dublin Airport (flight individually or with other participants), direct bus from Airport to Sligo town

Meet in Sligo town


7 nights in the Pier Head Hotel (Leisure Centre and Spa) in Mulloghmore with full Irish breakfast

All transport (excluding flights and bus to and from Sligo town)

4 evening meals

2 lunches

Guided tours and other activities in accordance with program.


3 evening meals and 5 lunches

Beverages and Tips

Travel insurances


7 nights in the Pier House Hotel in Mulloghmore


Approx. CHF 1490. -, about Euro 1490.-(depending on exchange rates) from Sligo Town  to Sligo Town.

Additional nights in Mulloghmore, Galway and on Inis Mór: starting from CHF 50.- (Euro 50.-) B+B sharing.


Single rooms: CHF 220.- (Euro 220.-)
(There are not many single rooms available, first come first served,  and we would appreciate if people are willing to share.)

Small group surcharges: 12/13 p.: CHF 190.- (Euro 190)/ 10/11 p.: CHF 250 (Euro 250)


Up to 90 days before departure: 10% of the total price
59-31 days before departure: 60% of the total price
30-1 days before departure: 80% of the total price
On the day of departure or no show up: 100% of the total price

Catherine hawk walk
Elizabeth Zollinger

Catherine Rhatigan grew up in north Sligo, studied at University College Galway, and was teaching in Donegal town before moving to Zurich. She has a life long interest in the area where she grew up, and has worked on several artistic projects in recent years that feature the culture, landscape and history of the region, both abroad and at home. Her work has aired in the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Austria The U.S., Slovakia and Switzerland as well as in Ireland. She and Elizabeth have worked together on several cultural projects over the last decade. www.irelandharp.net

Elizabeth Zollinger, an artist from Zurich, lives part-time on Inis Mór since 1974 and is strongly connected with the island, its people and its culture. In cooperation with some Islanders she created the project “Celtic Spirit “in 1996, offering Cultural Weeks which aim to retain the culture and heritage of Inis Mór while developing and promoting a sustainable tourism on the island.

download pdf: Sligo Experience

Additional information

DestinationCo Sligo, Wild Atlantic Way

Day 1

Individual journey to Sligo (plane to Dublin airport and direct bus to Sligo from the airport), transfer to Pier Head Hotel, dinner.


Day 2

Catherine introduces North Sligo, Seaweed walk in Streedagh and small lunch with seaweed expert Dr. Prannie Rhatigan, time to relax, go for a swim or a cup of coffee by the sea, dinner in a local restaurant.


Day 3

Walk around the stunning and iconic Head of Mullaghmore, afternoon: guided tour through the Megalithic Cemetery of Carrowmore, dinner in a cosy restaurant in the sea resort of Strandhill.


Day 4

Follow in the footsteps of the Nobel Prize winning poet WB. Yeats and explore the magical landscape of North Sligo with Catherine Rhatigan.


Day 5

Get close and personal with some of Ireland’s Native birds on a Hawk walk with Darren Coen, afternoon: sightseeing and shopping in Sligo town.


Day 6

Explore the hedgerows and wild areas, identify and collect edible wild plants with Gaby Wieland, visit Creevykeel, a megalithic court tomb (3500 BC), lunch at Gaby’s Néantog Kitchen Garden, afternoon free, evening: music session in a local Pub.


Day 7

Visit the grave of the legendary Queen Maeve of Connaught, a huge 5000 year old cairn (a bit strenuous) or enjoy an easy beach walk in Strandhill, afternoon: free time, evening: Farewell dinner in Prannie Rhatigan’s house.


Day 8

Transfer to Sligo, bus to Dublin airport or travelling on.

(Note: Walks can be shortened!)


Pier Head Hotel
Sligo Carrowmore
Sligo Dolphins
Sligo Castle