Easkey

Easkey Discovery Point, near the picturesque village of Easkey in County Sligo, offers wonderful views over the Atlantic and on to the Slieve League and Benbulbin mountains.

O'Dowd Castle, built in 1207, was home to the O'Dowd chieftains of the barony of Tireragh (West Sligo) and although much of the original structure has been lost over time, the main body of the castle remains. The 63 feet high castle is a dominant landmark and the highest part is known as the 'Sailor's Bed'.

This area is a popular destination for tourists interested in water sports and it is one of Europe's premier surfing locations. It boasts some beautiful coastal scenery and many walking routes through the local woods and around the river estuary and coastline. The fossiled shoreline dates back millions of years and geologists, archaeologists and historians have become increasingly interested in its rugged coastline.

A mile south of Easkey there is the unusual Ice Age boulder known locally as the 'Split Rock'. According to local legend, the rock was split as a result of an argument between two giants on the Ox Mountains, one of whom was Fionn MacCumhaill. It is said that if someone dares to go through the split three times, the rock will close in on them.