Spanish Armada Trail

Spanish Armada Trail

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Join us along this stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way if you want to get a blast of fresh sea air, see some ancient fossils, flora and hear all about the hugely famous story of the ill-fated fleet of the mighty Spanish Armada.

Provider: Auriel Robinson.

Location (see map below): Innovation Centre, Sligo IT, Ash Lane, Co. Sligo, Ireland 

Duration: 2.5 Hours

Availability: Daily

Requirements: Terrain (uneven in places, strand, shore, rocks). Dress accordingly.

Restrictions: None.

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In 1588, King Phillip II of Spain had ordered over 130 ships to sail from the port of La Corunna for England with the intention to invade. The attempt failed miserably. On a desperate attempt to flee to Spain, over twenty five Spanish ships became wrecked off Ireland’s coast. Three of them were wrecked at Streedagh.

We’ll tell you the miraculous escape story of one of the Captains, Captain Francisco De Cúellar who survived brutal treatment when he was washed to shore and had to watch his comrades die. He was aided by Gaelic Irish chieftans and made it back to Spain one year later. He wrote a letter telling of his experiences. It is a fascintaing account!

Captain De Cuellar

We will meet you at the Spanish Armada Memorial Monument close to streedagh. We’ll visit an ancient tomb hidden in the dunes and you’ll discover 330 million year old fossilised seabed on the rocks where the waves sometimes rumble in. Enjoy stunning views to Inishmurray Island and Donegal Bay. It doesn’t get any more Wild Atlantic Way than this!