Get Hooked on Sligo with Anthony Gray | Traveling in Ireland Podcast Episode 66

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Anthony Gray, restaurateur, Sligo, Ireland
Anthony Gray

Jody chats with award winning restaurateur Anthony Gray about County Sligo's amazing sights, activities and food.

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Anthony Gray Wants You to get Hooked on Sligo

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(1:00) Who is Anthony Gray?

Anthony is an award winning chef, owner of Eala Bhàn and Hooked in Sligo, Chairman of the Sligo Food Trail, and Past President of the Restaurant Association of Ireland.

Anthony is also County Sligo's second biggest fan- after WB Yeats.

(1:56) Why Visit County Sligo?

Classiebawn Castle, County Sligo

Located along the Wild Atlantic Way in northwest Ireland, Sligo is the least visited county along this driving trail.

Anthony grew up in County Sligo and is a tireless promoter of the county's beauty, food, and landscape.

Though the county has so much to offer it isn't overrun with tourists.

(4:50) What to Do in Sligo

Heavy clouds atop Benbulben, County Sligo. Ireland travel tips | Ireland vacation | IrelandFamilyVacations.com
A walk through the forest park at the base of Benbulben mountain in County Sligo is one of many outdoor adventures you'll find in the area.

Mountains, history, and poetry.

Read:  3 ways to get outdoors & active in Sligo

Stories abound. From the poetry of Yeats to the legends of Queen Maeve.

Woodland and mountain trails, water sport on sea, rivers, and lakes. And golf.

(8:00) Sligo Food

Taste of the Wild Atlantic Way at Eala Bhan Restaurant in Sligo
Sligo food is fresh, local, and sustainable. This ‘Taste of the Wild Atlantic Way' at Eala Bhan features a scallop, prawn, and seaweed served on an ocean stone.

Anthony owns two award-winning restaurants, both located in the town of Sligo- Eala Bhàn and Hooked.  Both restaurants focus on fresh, local, and artisan produce. 

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Sligo Food Trail has been featured in top food trail lists and is now a listed ‘foodie destination' with Fáilte Ireland. Began with 7 members and now has 77. 

If Anthony would name a food that is ‘Sligo food', it would be shellfish. 

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(16:40) Other Sligo Locations to Add to Your Itinerary

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The Waiting on Shore monument overlooking Sligo Harbour. The memorial to seafarers and the loved ones awaiting their safe arrival.

Sligo Food Trail and Anthony's new Sligo Foodie Tour

Visit Lough Gill and Hazelwood

Hike at Benbulben or Knocknarea 

Walk along the beach at Rosses Point (tip: stay at Yeats Country Hotel)

Visit Carrowmore megalithic tombs

Spend the evening in terrific music venues.

Accommodations, Activities & Tips for Visiting County Sligo

(19:00) Thanks for Listening!

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