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Leitrim is Ireland’s least populous county but that is an attraction to many as its rural landscape is a perfect getaway for cruise boats and holiday makers in search of an opportunity to relax and unwind.
Famous for its waterways, Leitrim is brimming with rivers and lakes which are hot spots for fishing salmon, pike, bream, tench and rudd. Many visitors explore Leitrim via its waterways, however, if you are exploring on foot or by car you can take in the many sights -from the picture postcard waterside villages to the bustling town of Carrick on Shannon.
Spa breaks in Leitrim are popular with visitors wanting to escape, relax and unwind. There are several Leitrim spa hotels to choose from, along with 4* hotels within the county. Leitrim boasts a wide selection of self-catering apartments and bed and breakfasts, so there is something to suit every budget.
A luxury spa break could be a welcome treat following a few days of wilderness therapy at Lough Allen. Down at the lough there also activities such as kayaking, canoeing and windsurfing to avail of. At the Lough’s spa hotel, the eco-tourism wilderness therapy package includes workshops on shelter building using natural materials, fire lighting using flint, boat skills including loading and packing, foraging for natural food sources and orientation techniques, all put to the test via a two-day expedition to remote Lough Allen Island.
Lovely Leitrim has been an enchanting home to many writers and artists and is now an increasingly popular spot for creatives making jewellery, ceramics and textiles. Many locally-made crafts can be purchased available at Leitrim Design House, located in the heart of Carrick-on-Shannon.
One of Leitrim’s literary greats is poet and playwright William Butler Yeats who referenced the stunning Glencar Waterfall in his poem The Stolen Child. There are a number of waterfalls in the area, some of which are visible from the road, however, it is worth journeying further inland to view the main waterfall at the foot of Kings Mountain. There are walkways and handrails along the steps taking you to the upper stage of the waterfall.
Although Leitrim’s coastline is smaller than the neighbouring counties of Sligo and Donegal, surfing holidays in Leitrim are popular and visitors can enjoy the Shannon Blueway on a stand-up paddle board or on foot, via bicycle or horse riding.
Known to many as the cruise capital of the Shannon, Carrick on Shannon is also known as the liveliest town in County Leitrim, with a large selection of hotels in Carrick on Shannon.
You will be delighted with the culinary treats in County Leitrim. Grab a hearty beef stew at a local pub on the outskirts of Manorhamilton or indulge in seafood caught fresh from the sea in one of Carrick-on-Shannon’s many eateries.
For the ultimate entertainment line-up, Carrick-on-Shannon has a wide selection of bars and night clubs that are popular stag and hen parties. The famous Rainbow Ballroom in Glenfarne has attracted many punters and showbands from across the country including Big Tom and the Mainliners, Susan McCann, Philomena Begley, Joe Dolan, Joe Mc Carthy and the Dixies amongst hundreds of others. Today you can find modern country music stars such as Jonny Brady, Nathan Carter and Derek Ryan taking to the stage.