- One of Europe’s long­est nav­i­ga­ble wa­ter­ways

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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.

Salthill Co. Gal­way

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