Drumcliffe is mostly known for being the final resting place of the Poet and Nobel Laureate William Butler Yeats. His grave is one of Sligo’s most popular attractions.
Under bare Ben Bulben’s head
In Drumcliff churchyard Yeats is laid.
An ancestor was rector there
Long years ago, a church stands near,
By the road an ancient cross.
No marble, no conventional phrase;
On limestone quarried near the spot
By his command these words are cut:
Cast a cold eye
On life, on death.
Horseman, pass by!”
St.Colmcille (Columba) founded a monastery in Drumcliffe ca.575 A.D. The village of Drumcliffe (also known as Drumcliff) is famous for its Irish high cross dating to the 9th-10th Century that stands in the grounds of the former monastery. In addition, across the road from the church and high cross is the stump of a round tower
There is a beautiful river walk along the Drumcliffe River from the Car Park at St.Columbas Church to Rathcormac. It is mostly a grass trail at present so good walking boots are recommended. Plans are in place to develop a proper paved walk / cycle way along the river and hopefully works will commence in 2017.
Wild Atlantic Ways is a local family run business and offers bicycle hire from the Tourist Information Office at Drumcliffe. They stock a comprehensive range of traditional and electric bicycles for the whole family. Cycle on any number of excellent cycling routes to Lissadell House, Mullaghmore Harbour, Gleniff Horseshoe Valley or Glencar Lake and Waterfalls. Call +353 85 88 88 181 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your bike.