Streedagh Spanish Armada Walk 3
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Spanish Armada Trail

Seatrails: Spanish Armada Ireland
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.

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!

Sligo's Wild Atlantic Way

We will meet you at the Spanish Armada Memorial Monument close to Streedagh strand. 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. You will see wild flowers blooming from May to September, they are so pretty! Skylarks hover overead as we walk. The sound of the waves is therapeutic. Enjoy stunning views to Inishmurray Island and Donegal Bay. It doesn’t get any more Wild Atlantic Way than this!


Spanish Armada Trail and Staid Abbey

If you wish to continue afterwards to another site with us which is a ruined abbey by the shore and aprox. 10 mins drive from Streedagh, we will go with you and explain its history and how it is connected to the Spanish Armada story. This abbey was the place where famous Captain Francisco de Cuellar who escaped from the shore fled to in the hopes of seeking refuge...
If you wish to include this site, th charge is a little extra.

For the Spanish Armada Trail at Streedagh Strand and the trip to Staid Abbey, the price is 30.00pp and 15.00 for Child. Click on this option on the query form on this page. Thanks you.
Terrain: Uneven ground in places, strand, shore, rocks, road, some boggy ground
Duration: c.2 hrs
Minimum Number= 2

You suggest a time and date while booking using our query form here or email us on

Payment is in advance and online only or way of bank lodgement. We do not accept payment on the day of trail.


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