- One of Europe’s longest navigable waterways
Relax into Leitrim
Located on Europe’s longest navigable waterway, Leitrim is famous for it’s cruising. As you would expect, hospitality is the name of the game for this county, with riverside pubs boasting impromptu sessions and sing-alongs and restaurants ready to welcome the hungry cruisers as they return to land.
The area around Lough Allen is a haven for adrenalin junkies, windsurfing, archery, mountain biking and kayaking all on offer. Lakeside, Lough Rynn Castle’s stunning gardens and nature trail are a fantastic way to spend an afternoon and do not miss a visit to Glencar Waterfall, whose 50-foot-high rushing waters inspired the work of WB Yeats’ The Stolen Child.
Still not sure where to start? Try a Big Day Out in Leitrim www.bigdayoutinleitrim.com, starting with a specialty walk with Leitrim Landscapes Guided Walks where you will forage for mushrooms and berries before hopping aboard a Canadian canoe and exploring the local waterways.Your big day out will end with ease, upon an electric bike, with Electric Bike Trails.
A mix of history and scenery
Immersed in history and culture, Sligo is a testament to the music, art and poetry of its people, made so famous by WB Yeats. Paula and Damian Gilvarry
www.yeatssligoireland.com run immersive Yeats Evenings where guests enjoy a four-course meal while being regaled with tales of Yeats and Sligo. If you
prefer your culture as a daytime pursuit, then, take one of the many Yeatsinspired day trips on offer throughout the county.
Carrowkeel Megalithic Standing Stone is one of the four main megalithic cemetery sites in Ireland. This is the largest cemetery of megalithic tombs in Ireland and is also among the country’s oldest, with monuments ranging from five thousand to five thousand eight hundred years old. Archaeologists have recorded over 60 tombs of which 30 are visible. A restored cottage houses an exhibition relating to the site. Access to the tombs may be difficult for people with disabilities and young children.
Sligo is home to two beautiful beaches, one at Strandhill and the other at Rosses Point. The two strands sit on either side of the entrance to Sligo Harbour, which was once one of the busiest ports in Ireland. Strandhill is more resort-like with lots of pubs and restaurants near the beach and is also home to the famous Voya Seaweed baths. Rosses Point is more expansive and less crowded, but equally as gorgeous.
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