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County Sligo Festival: Art, Music Combined

The shores of Lough Gill were the setting for a festival in County Sligo that in 2019 promised to be the first of its kind in Ireland.

The beautiful Lough Gill. Photo: Nicola Timpson for Getty Images.

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Due to the pandemic, the  “Wild Roots” festival was postponed in 2020 and again in 2021, but the organizers promised to bring it back.

The event has successfully taken place for the past two years and this year, the three-day festival will take place from May 31st through June 1st.

The celebration includes classical, indie rock, folk, jazz, and pop concerts, combined with yoga workshops, art installations, artisan food offerings, circus dance, and drama events, pop-up shows, and theater productions.

Photo courtesy of Wild Roots Music, Performance, Arts. & Adventure Festival Facebook.

Outdoor adventures included paddle boarding, boating, and kayaking on Lough Gill, a popular spot for locals and tourists.

The lake is surrounded by woodlands that include Slish Wood, Dooney Rock, and Hazlewood, all of which contain a number of nature trails and viewing points.

Slieve Killery and Slieve Daean can be found on the lake's south shore.

Organizers of this unique County Sligo festival geared the event to regular festival goers, nature lovers, and adventure seekers.

County Sligo has it all, from the ocean, mountains, lively towns, and as well as a rich archaeological heritage. Pictured here is a tomb in the Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery in the Ox Mountains region. Photo: DvcDvd84 for Getty Images.

Information on other festivals taking place in Sligo and across the country can be found here.

County Sligo has a lot to offer the tourist, from walking trails, hiking expeditions, surfing, horse riding, and more.

Attractions to See Near Lough Gill

If you find yourself in this part of County Sligo, there's a lot of exploring you can do, including taking a kayak tour of the little islands around Lough Gill; taking the Lough Gill Drive, an easy jaunt from Sligo town with stops at Dooney Rock, Slish Woods, Parkes Castle, Drommaghair village, and the Hazelwood Forest.

Parkes Castle, which is actually located in nearby County Leitrim, is worth seeing.

The castle was once the home of Robert Park and his family. In recent years, it has undergone extensive renovations, including the inclusion of a beautiful Irish oak spiral staircase.

Guided tours take place every hour.

Read More: Sligo and Leitrim Attractions in Docudrama

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