It only takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes to drive the entire length of the Wild Atlantic Way in Country Sligo, but it’s here that you’ll find Yeat’s countryside.
Drumcliffe is known worldwide as poet William Butler Yeats final resting place. His great-grandfather was actually rector of Drumcliffe Parish Church in the early 19th century.
While Yeats actually died in France, he was brought back here after World War II. His grave is just outside the church.
Looking north from the grave site, you can see the majestic Ben Bulben. Under Ben Bulben was one of his last poems, from which the last three lines are memorialized on his tombstone.
Even before Yeats made Drumcliffe famous, it was a site of pilgrimage as far back as 574 AD when reputedly St. Columba (Colum Cille) founded a monastery near this site. The High Cross (probably erected circa 1000) marks the location. The east side of the cross shows characters from the Old Testament, while the west side depicts the New Testament.
The portion of the Round Tower that still stands across the road is the only of its kind in Country Sligo and was probably the bell tower of a 10th century monastery church.
Tucked away in the northwestern corner of County Sligo is the Diamond Coast Hotel in Eniscrone. Look out across the Enniscrone Golf Club and you can see the dunes and the wild North Atlantic. If you are looking for a 4 star type accommodation, this is worth checking out.
Their 92 rooms include a blend of doubles, triples and suites including special rooms especially designed for families. The Coral Restaurant offers formal dining while more casual fare is offered in the Stir Bistro. Nightcaps of an adult variety can be enjoyed in the Inishaven Bar.
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-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-Travel in Yeat’s footsteps through County Sligo County Sligo It only takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes to drive the entire length of the Wild Atlantic Way in Country Sligo, but it’s here that you’ll find Yeat’s countryside.