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by , SmarterTravel Staff - March 17, 2010
Ireland - Sligo

Sligo

Once a major port, Sligo, meaning "Shelley River" in Gaelic, is now the second largest city in the west of Ireland, and continues to grow. Surrounded by rugged mountains and serene ocean views, the area's natural beauty was immortalized in poetry and stories by William Butler Yeats, who spent school holidays here with his grandmother.

Reader imzaidi is a fan of Sligo and its literary roots, saying "I'll never forget bicycling through the area and going to 'The Lake Isle of Innisfree,' made famous by his poem, and seeing where he is buried—a truly amazing trip that still nourishes my heart and soul."

(Photo: iStockphoto/Michael Walsh)

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