Seaside STRANDHILL, 8km west of Sligo town, remains remarkably unexploited despite its gorgeous position, the village and its beach set against the backdrop of the looming Knocknarea Mountain. On the way into the village look out for Dolly’s Cottage, a tiny thatched dwelling named after its last occupant, Dolly Higgins, who died in 1970. Maintained as it was, with a turf fire and a tiny pouch bed, the cottage now sells various handicrafts, as well as home-made jams and preserves. Strandhill’s beach is its most renowned feature, a wild stretch pounded by huge Atlantic breakers. Though it’s absolutely unsafe for swimming, it’s massively popular with surfers and regularly witnesses the Sligo Open Championship over the first weekend in August. 

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