Yoga Travel Guide: Sligo, Ireland

Sweet Beat Cafe 

Well this place is just a dream! I had been wanting to visit here for quite a while until I finally got the chance during a recent Sligo trip. It is as delicious and picture worthy as their Instagram page depicts.

Nestled on the corner of Bridge St. , you can’t miss the bright and luminous colours that catch your attention enough, before you even see whats lies inside. The cafe is snug and bright – with the sun shining in the windows, it was the perfect setting for my plant based lunch. There is also an upstairs with lots more seating.

Yes, everything here is vegan ( I think they serve some non-dairy milk?!) but everything else – all plants!

I went for the super salad – and super it was! Chilli and coriander hummus, house fermented pickle, sprouts, herbs, seeds, raw slaw, grains, beans and roasted veg! Yowza, it was as good as I had envisaged for all these years (hah!). Seriously, it really was – so fresh and it left me full for the day, not the heavy kind of full but the nourished to the core type of full.

I was visiting a friend so I picked up a cake (or two) – the raw snickers and the double chocolate brownie. The brownie was my favourite of the two, also important to note; their coffee is excellent. Oatly and all your plant based milks. I’ll be back to get some of those sourdough doughnuts !!

You can also find Sweet Beat at the Strandhill People’s Market and they run other events throughout the year – Evening pop-ups, Yoga and Sweet beat treats and I’m sure there will be many more great events in the pipeline.

I sat in but you can also get take out in their fully compostable packaging -which they’ve used since they first started in 2013. They use stainless steel straws or biodegradable ones if you are on the go, offer discounts for bringing your own reusable coffee cup or smoothie holder. These are the cafe’s and businesses we need to take inspiration from, who are doing their part as best they can to work towards more sustainable practices and being more conscious of our impact on the environment.

Location Bridge St, Abbeyquarter North, Sligo, Bridge Street

Contact (071) 913 8795

 

Vegan cakes at Sweet Beat!!

 

Shells Cafe

On a trip to use the Seaweed baths we popped into the neighbouring cafe, Shell’s Cafe, for our post treatment feed. Plenty on offer for the plant eaters – we went for the Breakfast Buddha bowl (they may have changed the menu since our visit!) which was brown rice, coconut cream, their homemade granola and topped with fruit.

With the views of Strandhill beach through the cafe windows, it was only natural that we sat at the window seat – but the whole cafe is bright and spacious and full of buzz!

The adjoining shop can have you browsing for quite sometime with a fantastic range of local products, artisan goods as well as foodie things. You can read my full post about my trip here last year HERE.

Location  Seafront, Strandhill, Co. Sligo

Contact (071) 912 2938

 

The Nook

This was a surprise find when I was at a wedding in the nearby grounds of Markree Castle. I did not expect to find such a cute and very vegan friendly cafe when I popped into Collooney for a coffee. Had I known, I would not have eaten beforehand as the menu here is great.

They, as much as possible, use locally and seasonally sourced organic produce and their menu changes each month  and they really have some impressive food here. The place was packed with people when we came and, understandably, it seems like a very popular spot to come for a weekend brunch.

We went for a coffee and some granola bar – I loved the decor, very sitting in cosy kitchen/sitting room feel to it. The staff were nice and friendly and I had a peak at the menu to see what I was missing – I saw vegan sausages, hummus avocado – all the things. I think it will take me a while longer to get fully confident that I can assume there will be vegan friendly options in small Irish towns when I travel about, but when you find a gem of a spot like The Nook – my confidence certainly grows!

Well worth the trip here.

Location Lower Main St, Rinn, Collooney, Co. Sligo

Contact (071) 911 8973

 

 

Every Sunday at Strandhill. Photo: Source

 

Strandhill People’s Market

A weekly farmers market in Strandhill, just a short walk from the ocean and on a Sunday (11am – 4pm)- what better excuse do you need to take a trip to Sligo this weekend?

There is a mixture of food stalls, crafts and handmade products – jewellery, prints, knitwear, soaps and creams. For the eating and drinking , there is plenty of choice for all the food wants and for the vegan/veggies you can rush to the Sweet Beat stall! There is also a musicians corner with music from both established and upcoming local musicians.

When can we go??! I can see it now – take a yoga class at the Salt & Soul yoga studio, a post class dip in the sea (who am I kidding, I probably will talk myself out of that), pop over to Sweet Beat for some lunch and then head to the Strandhill People’s market for dessert and coffee while listening to the local music. And buy some local products before heading back to Tuam! Yes. That’s a weekend trip planned for autumn.

Location Hangar 1, Sligo Airport, Strandhill, Sligo

Contact Here.

 

Yoga

Aoife Kane Yoga 

I came across Aoife Kane Yoga through the online Irish yoga community and social media world, it can be great at times for finding out about the teachers and things happening here in Ireland!

Aoife has an impressive background and study of yoga – having trained with Ana Forrest, Baron Baptiste, Shiva Rea and Mel McLaughlin. Aoife is also a healer and body worker with training and practice in Shamanism.

You can find and attend regular weekly classes (starting back Sept 9th) in Sligo town as well as online classes, corporate classes and workshops, some wonderful retreats in Ireland and Europe as well as ‘Yoga Supper Clubs’. Love the sound of them all!!

Aoife also offers workshops or Soul Yoga Sessions, further training and mentor ship programmes for yoga teachers.

Check out the upcoming schedule for autumn 2018, some really cool events happening.

Location Sligo town + various locations.

Contact Here.

 

 

Photo: Source

 

Salt and Soul Wellness Studio

I have yet to make it here for a class but it is going to be the reason for my next trip! There are always some really interesting workshops happening here – the Yoga and Kayak adventure sounds very tempting! Check their other workshops here.

Daily classes from flow yoga to beginners – right in Strandhill village. I’ll be keeping an eye out on the upcoming timetable over the next few months to check out some of their workshops!

I shall keep you posted.

Location 1, Sligo Airport Business Park, Airport Rd, Killaspugbrone, Strandhill, Co. Sligo

Contact 085 180 5910

 

Other

 

Voya Seaweed Baths

We booked in for a treatment at the Voya Seaweed Baths located on the Strandhill sea-front – the four of us (my mother, two sisters and myself) went for a special offer which was running at the time ; €65 for two-hours of heaven.

A 50 minute Seaweed bath; including a private room, a mini steam shower to absorb before sliding into the piping hot bath filled with fresh seaweed. The seaweed forms a natural gel that you can instantly feel is nourishing your every pore and strand of hair and, as recommended by our therapists you leave it on your skin and hair afterwards to really reap the benefits.

Afterwards, wrapped in your Voya dressing gown and  a warm herbal tea  before our treatments, you settle into the warmed bed, lights dimmed and soothing music filtering through to really be ‘in the zone’ for the wonderful treatment I was about to receive.

The treatment included an arm-wrap -warmed towels hugging my arms- as well as being lathered in Voya lavender body oil and massaged to soften any tension or muscle pain that I had unknowingly been carrying. This also went along my toes, legs, chest and shoulders. When it came to the delicious facial I found myself actually zenning (is that a word?) out into what felt like that moment of REM sleep, such was the relaxation levels of the whole experience.

Aside from the welcoming, friendly and professional  staff and space that Voya provides, the views of the powerful and wild Atlantic waves at Strandhill beach makes its an all round delicious experience.

Location Seafront, Strandhill, Co. Sligo

Contact (071) 912 2938

 

Pit Putty 

I’m adding this in because it is a gorgeous product I discovered when eating at Sweet Beat (you can purchase here). I’m really loving it. I have tried many, many natural deodorants and this is the best one I’ve tried so far (I haven’t been asked to say this!)

Pit Putty is vegan, 100% natural and doesn’t use any plastic in it’s packaging- to prevent harmful chemicals leeching into the product and also it is better for the planet. (Who needs more plastic in their life??! Not me.) It is also preservative free and made here in Sligo.

Like us all, they are always trying to improve and create change when they can and they have recently changed their supplier of organic shea nut butter to a women’s cooperative.

I just really like it, you take a small amount of the pit putty and rub it into your pits and it has been working wonders for me and I’ve been in the inferno that is London city for the past two months. I bought a tin in June and I’m just coming to the end of it now. I asked if they refill, they don’t at present but suggested some great ways to reuse it – storing jewellery, plant pots or what I will use it for is to travel and bring small amounts of products with me to festivals etc.

I went for the lemongrass and teatree scented one, I figured it is good for the summer months and may even keep the bugs away – but they have a few different ones. I’ll get the lavender and lemon next time (you can also go for three flowers or mandarin, basil and lime!).

I just checked their store locator and you can get them in Evergreen stores in Galway folks (and across other Irish stores too).

Location info@pitputty.eu

Contact Sligo, Ireland.

 

Knocknarea – Queen Maeve’s Trail

If you are looking for a nice walk /hike this is a nice one. I haven’t been up here for a few years but its a nice walk with some impressive views at the top. This can be added to complete a trip here – hike, market, lunch.

 

 

There is so much more to discover in Sligo and I will be doing exactly that this autumn. When can I move here?

Looking forward to building on this guide – where else should I check out in Sligo?

 

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