“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper”
W B Yeats
Just a few of the other historical and natural sites of interest in the area include the following:
Visible in the distance from Milk Harbour is Classiebawn Castle. Built by the 19th Century British Foreign Secretary Lord Palmerston, it was latterly the holiday home of Earl Mountbatten.
County Sligo’s very own ‘Table Mountain’, Ben Bulben (Benbulbin), is also visible from Milk Harbour. Part of the Dartry Mountains, it was formed from limestone and shale during the Ice age. Named after a Gaelic chieftain, it means “Gulban’s Head”.
The area from Ben Bulben in the north to Lough Gill in the south is known as Yeats Country from its association with the poet William Butler Yeats – an area to which he returned often and where he is buried here. In the centre of Lough Gill is the lake Isle of Innisfree, the subject of one of Yeats’ most famous poems.
“I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree … for always night and day I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore”
W B Yeats
Also a few miles away is Streedagh beach, where the wrecks of three Spanish Armada ships, La Juliana, Santa María de Visón and La Lavia lie under the sands, having foundered off the coast in 1588, following the defeat of the Armada by the English fleet.
In the nearby village of Cliffoney the ancient Creevykeel Court Tomb is easily accessible. This monument is situated at the foothills of Tievebaun Mountain, near the sea at Mullaghmore, and is one of the finest examples in Ireland of a Neolithic period tomb.
We can only give a brief introduction here to the many historical sites in the vicinity of Milk Harbour. For more information to help guide your explorations, see the Visit Ireland site. We are sure that whatever your interests, this beautiful part of our island will exceed your expectations.
“In Ireland, the inevitable never happens and the unexpected constantly occurs”
Sir John Pentland Mahaffy