Bet you didn’t know that Leitrim is home to Ireland’s most rugged landscapes and dramatic formations where mountains, valleys, and lakes meet. Leitrim has countless beautiful mountain lakes dotted across its landscapes reaching into Ireland’s Hidden Heartland’s and The Wild Atlantic Way. Many of this unspoiled stunning scenery can be enjoyed from the roadside while others are more hidden. Leitrim has many spectacular waterfalls, discover stunning panoramic walks, wake up to fresh air and lush countryside, taste delicious fresh food and explore endless memorable experiences.
Leitrim has the smallest population in Ireland of approx. 32000, is located in the Northwest of Ireland on the coast and is part of the UK border region. Leitrim is the 26th largest of the 32 counties in Ireland, its capital is Carrick on Shannon and it is a relatively small area. It is bordered by counties Donegal, Roscommon, Fermanagh, Cavan, Longford and Sligo. It is part of the famous Wild Atlantic Way and is known for its lakes, rivers, mountains and famous glacier valley Glenade. Glenade is known as one of the finest glacier valleys in Europe. Outside of the capital Carrick on Shannon, it has 9 other small towns and villages dotted throughout the county.
Leitrim is particularly famous for its cascading waterfalls, majestic mountains, glacier valleys, rushing rivers, unspoiled stunning scenery, country living, open landscapes, sea and coastline, panoramic views, beautiful lakes, and farm experiences. The 4 most popular lakes (Lough Maclean Upper, Glencar Lough, Lough Allen, and Lough Gill), the famous Five Glens (Glencar, Glenfarne, Glenboy, Gleniff, and Glenade) located on the famous Wild Atlantic Way and in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands…
Cultural experiences that can be offered to tourists
Leitrim’s natural heritage awakens the senses and provides the perfect escape from billboards, parking, racing against the clock, crowded buses, neon signs, and traffic jams. As soon as you arrive you feel refreshed, exhale, and feel the stress disappear, you will breathe like you never breathed before. Delve deeper into our natural experiences to reconnect with your mind, feel fitter, feel healthier, and feel free. So many activities to explore the outdoors, paddle in a canoe along calm rivers, kayak alone down a river, challenge your stamina and catch a surf, walk-in solitude, climb up a mountain with panoramic views, crack open the bubbles and have a sunset picnic. Let Loose! Do whatever you want, whenever you want with whoever you want!
Culture and Heritage Attractions include the famous Parke’s Castle, Manorhamilton Castle, Sean MacDiarmada Homestead, Lough Rynn Castle, O’Rourkes Castle, Cavan and Leitrim Railway, Dromahair Abbey.
Explore the smooth river waters and lakes on a Canadian Canoe. Glide along on a private Canadian canoe tour with the experts from Adventure Gently through the relaxing waterways of River Bonnet down to Lough Gill and surrounding islands. Suitable for anyone even grandparents and toddlers. Explore with experts Adrienne and Graham, watch the wildlife, learn the local folklore and stories, and maybe a surprise! You even get to set up a picnic camp on a private island. If you are lucky you might spot a Kingfisher!
Canter with views over Lough Allen, Sliabh an Iarainn (Iron Mountain) and the Arigna Mountains. Moorlands Equestrian is in the heart of Leitrim with very affordable lessons and excursions to suit all levels of experience and ages. They offer cross country, hunting, pony camps, treks, ride-outs and are open all year round
Walk or cycle at ease along Leitrim’s new Greenway. The new Sligo Leitrim Northern Counties Railway (SLNCR) Greenway is an old railway link currently being converted linking the Sligo, Leitrim and Fermanagh borders. This Greenway Loop will bring you for 5 km along its original line at Edergole Cottage, through to Bawn and Creevelea and along to the River Bonet then into Dromahair
Shannon Blueway serenity! Way to Go Adventures offer guided round tours on the Shannon Blueway for a reasonable €25 per person. Each relaxing canoe tour is approx 3-4 hours with stops, exploring, sightseeing, and refreshments. One full day of bike hire for only €20 for adults. Offer six different canoe trips with a min of 2 and a max of 12 in a group. Ring to ask about their amazing slow adventure packages.
Let’s Go Chasing Waterfalls! You have to see two of Leitrim’s most famous and stunning waterfalls Glencar Waterfall beside the idyllic Glencar Lake and Fowley’s Falls in Rossinver. Glencar Waterfall is a 50ft high waterfall inspired by WB Yeats and just a short distance from the famous TeaSHED where you can get scrumptious coffee, scones, and homemade delights. Very accessible located a short distance from the road through a wooded pathway near the car park. Has a picnic area, playground, and information points. Devils’ Chimney, Sligo is one of Ireland’s tallest waterfalls standing at 492 feet. Depending on the wind it does something special and rare where it blows itself backwards over the mountain top. Fowley’s Falls on the other side of North Leitrim is different from these two waterfalls and equally beautiful. Instead of a single-drop waterfall, it cascades several drops over exposed bedrock
Immerse yourself in accommodation with a special farming experience. Alder Cottage and Bluebell Organic Farm is located in Dromahair. Mary is well known for her homemade cooking and she will meet you with a warm welcome. Get involved in real-life farming with over 200 free-range hens, 30 sheep, gardens, fruit and veg gardens, and more. Choose from one of the many cookery or farming courses. You might even catch Mary in the kitchen making jams, chutneys, pestos, organic bread, mini quiches for the local farmers' markets. If you feel like staying Mary has the Bluebell Cottage available for self-catering next door
Farming experience accommodation and holistic caring packages: Ardvarney Country House B&B and Self Catering is close to Dromahair with views of the mountains, countryside, gardens, and farmyard from all directions. Even views from your bedroom window! Comfortable high-end accommodation, open all year round with a self-catering apartment that sleeps 4 and 4 guesthouse suites that sleep 2. Has a terrace for dining and activities such as hiking, walks, canoeing and cycling nearby. Wilfred and Carin are amazing hosts specialising in homemade breakfasts
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