Raughley Harbor

As you leave Lissadell House most visitors are inclined to head back in the direction from which they came because most tourist books fail to point you to another wonderful, but less traveled, area of Sligo. One should really take the long way back from Lissadell for a little more beautiful Irish scenery and a new ocean view. So as you exit Lissadell turn left, then drive for a couple of miles and you’ll discover a quaint and peaceful area of Sligo known as Maugherow.

Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on two sides and Sligo Bay in the midst, Maugherow is pleasing to the eye and soothing to the soul.  When you arrive at Dunleavy’s Shop make a left and head straight down to Raughley, a picturesque peninsula and harbor that has escaped the passage of time. You can’t get lost since the road is straight on. When you arrive on the Raughley peninsula there is only one circular narrow single lane road going around the entire peninsula.

On your journey you will pass Ardtermon Castle which will be on your left. This castle was beautifully restored by, as my long time resident uncle would say, “the Germans”.  Ardtermon was once the home of the Gore family before they built Lissadell House, and it once again stands regally on the bay.

Ardtermon Castle, Sligo

Ardtermon Castle, Sligo

As you enter Raughley, take a look to your right and you will see dazzling stretch of beach known as The Yellow Strand bringing your eye to the tip of Ballyconnell and Knocklane.

The Yellow Strand

The Yellow Strand

Continue on the circular road through Raughley and weather permitting, take a minute or two at Raughley Harbor and enjoy the uncluttered and unspoiled view over Drumcliff Bay to Lissadell Strand. Enjoy the absolute serenity of the place. No gift shop, no parking lot and no tourists!

Its beauty is in its simplicity and minimally touched splendor.  Take a deep breathe and enjoy it!

Raughley Harbor

Raughley Harbor

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