- May 22, 2021
Welcome back to Branley's Yard
We're excited to announce on Saturday 5th June Branley's Yard is reopening. After a long time shut the Yard has had a bit of a makeover....
A unique experience just outside Sligo on the Wild Atlantic Way, Branley's Yard. The yard draws on the history of the buildings and the beauty of the surrounding country side to provide an inspiring location for local creatives. With ample parking, a nature walk to stretch the legs and coffee shop all on site, this is a stop you don't want to miss.
Branley's Yard is conveniently located on the N15 from Sligo to Donegal.
Heading north from Sligo, after 7km you will reach the village of Rathcormac, With a school and the new Yeats Local tavern. Branley's Yard is just on your left as you leave the 50km area.
Coming from the north, you'll pass between the Drumcliffe Church and Round Tower, Branleys yard is 800m further on your right.
There is ample parking on site, and plenty of room if you are towing.
Branleys Yard has been a hub of activity for thousands of years, starting as a stone age settlement on the shores of Drumcliffe Bay, and becoming a major bronze age friary and village.
The current buildings date back to the mid 1700’s, when they were built as military barracks and grain stores. Renovations in the oldest buildings still uncover stray wheat which has filled the gaps in the stones over the centuries.
When the Chris and Winnie Branley bought the farm in 1967 and moved their family from Glencar, they set about turning it into a prosperous sheep and cattle farm. Chris was well respected in the wider area, a progressive thinker and always passionate about Sligo. Around 20 years ago he started leasing the old barracks to local artists, and then seven years ago he set about to establish a market amongst the old buildings of the farm, showcasing the best of Sligo's arts, crafts and food.
Chris' son Michael carries on this vision today, and along with the talented and diverse artisans of Branleys Yard, make the yard and market an essential stop on any visit to North Sligo