Rosses Point is a beautiful maritime village and holiday resort, that boasts two adjoining blue-flag beaches. Located about 5 miles / 8 km from Sligo town, the charming village is a popular with locals, particularly families with children, due to its twin beaches. For most of the year, the beaches are pleasantly uncrowded -- only on very warm summer days, which occur unpredictably in Ireland, do large numbers gather, but even on these days, there is always plenty of space on the beaches for all. At any time of year, Rosses Point is a pleasant spot to visit due to its natural beauty. Early evenings offer the best views, when sunset is occurring over the Atlantic, with the magnificent backdrop of Sligo town's two main hills. Benbulben, a table-top mountain, overlooks the beach on one side. In the other direction can be seen Knocknarea -- a smaller, more round hill where, according to local legend, ancient Celt Queen Maeve is buried. The tradition is that everyone who walks to the top carries a stone, and place it on top of the stone burial cairn.
Rosses Point Village
Rosses Point itself is a pretty little village, which is not touristy. It has a couple of nice pubs and restaurants, and a family-run hotel.
Rosses Point is also famous for having been the subject of paintings and poems by Yeats brothers, William and Jack, who holidayed here when children -- their cousin Henry Middleton owned one of Rosses Point's grand but now dilapidated homes, Elsinore Lodge.
The Metal Man
A feature of Rosses Point bay is the unusual "Metal Man", a 12 ft tall statue dressed in the uniform of a 19th-century petty officer. Placed in 1822 on Perch Rock, a small protrusion in the bay, the Metal Man indicates the safe passage route through Sligo Channel to the Quay in Sligo town.
Oyster Island and Coney Island
Just off the coast from Rosses Point are two small islands, Oyster island and Coney island
- Oyster Island, with its distinctive lighthouse and five cottages, gets its name from the many oyster beds that were found along its shores until the end of the 19th Century
- Oyster is separated from the larger Coney Island by Shrunamile, the channel of a thousand currents. Shrunamile's multitude of eddies give it an unusual whispering sound, which changes with the ebb and flow of the tide
- When the tide is lowest, Coney Island may be accessed directly by car from across the bay near Strandhill. From here, visitors can enjoy fantastic vistas of the entire Sligo bay area, with the stunning tabletop mountain BenBulben in the backdrop
- At the turn of the century, there were five families living on Coney Island, with the heads of these households listed as Lighthouse Keepers, but as the years rolled by the population dwindled
Rosses Point Yacht Club and Golf Course
Rosses Point is also well-known for its popular and growing yacht club. The village also has top class golf course, which regularly hosts the West of Ireland championship -- a tournament won here by a teenage Rory McIlroy.