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07th Nov 2023

5 of the best things to do on your next short break to Leitrim

Sarah McKenna Barry

Brought to you by DiscoverIreland

From canoeing adventures to outdoor hot tubs, we’ve got your Leitrim itinerary sorted.

With picturesque scenery, great pubs and restaurants and plenty of outdoor adventures to be had, Leitrim makes for an incredible getaway, whatever the weather.

Indeed, this county in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands is bursting at the seams with fascinating attractions and thrilling activities, and we’re on a mission to help you make the most of it during your next short break.

Embrace the elements with a canoeing adventure along Leitrim’s waterways, feel the cool air on your back with a cycling session through the countryside and warm up with some hearty food and a cosy pint in one of the county’s many great restaurants.

Ready for an unforgettable getaway this autumn/winter season? Here are our top recommendations to make the most of your next trip to Leitrim.

Electric Bike Trails

Canoeing isn’t the only way to delve into Leitrim’s scenery on your next break. Another brilliant way to explore your surroundings on your next break is with a thrilling bike ride. Start your adventure in Leitrim Village where you can rent an electric bike from Electric Bike Trails. From there, you can embark on a traffic-free 20km round-trip along the Lough Allen Canal. Feel the cool winter wind or a refreshingly light drizzle on your face as you power through the countryside, taking in breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside as you do. For a refuel mid-cycle, stop off at Jinny’s Tearooms at Acres, and warm up with a decadent sweet treat and a hot tea, coffee or hot chocolate.

Canadian Canoeing with Adventure Gently

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Leitrim’s waterways with some Canadian Canoeing with Adventure Gently. Choose from peaceful locations including the Shannon Blueway, Lough Gill and its islands, the Lake Isle of Innisfree, the River Boyle, Lough Key and the Shannon-Erne Waterway. Breathe in the refreshing winter air as you gently glide across the water and keep your eyes peeled for the wildlife that call this tranquil area home. During the colder months, you may see small birds foraging in groups, including blue tits, coal tits, great-tits, long-tailed tits and robins. After a day on the water, you will have worked up an appetite, so head to The Barge Steakhouse and warm up with a hearty meal full of flavour.

Glencar Alpacas

Situated in the peaceful valley of Glencar is Glencar Alpacas, and it’s a must-visit on your next trip to Leitrim. This sheep and alpaca farm invites visitors the chance to meet the friendly and curious alpacas that call this farm home. Embark on a guided alpaca walk and take in the breathtaking scenery of Glencar valley as your farmer guide shares with you the history of this land. After taking in the refreshing valley air, head to the town of Carrick-on-Shannon and swing by The Oarsmen in Carrick-on-Shannon, which dates all the way back to 1781. Soak up the atmosphere of this cosy spot before tucking into the seasonal menu.

The Shed Distillery Experience

Weather-proof your trip to Leitrim by including some indoor activities on your itinerary. One experience we love is a tour of The Shed Distillery in Drumshanbo. On this fully-guided tour, you’ll step inside the world of famed gin distiller PJ Rigney. As you tour the rustic distillery, you’ll learn all about how gin is made before finishing off with a tasting of Drumshanbo Gunpowder Gin and Tonic at the Honey Badger Bar in the distillery’s botanical glasshouse. Afterwards, pop in to the cosy surrounds of The Lakeside Tavern Drumming and enjoy a hearty dinner.

Drumhierny Woodland Hideaway

To truly enhance your Leitrim getaway, stay at the Drumhierny Woodland Hideaway. The cosy lodges here are surrounded by woodlands and forest trails, so mornings can be spent exploring the grounds, while cooler nights can be spent snuggled up with a blanket by the fire. Drumhierny also boasts a wellbeing sanctuary, the perfect way to warm up and rejuvenate on your next break. Enjoy a seaweed bath in the picturesque walled gardens, step into the sauna or soak in the hot tub while breathing in the crisp, cool air. Drumhierny’s lodges are self-catering, but you can also enjoy some tasty pastries and coffee from the Woodpecker Cafe onsite. You can also reserve a table at the nearby Beirne’s of Battlebridge, where you can enjoy gourmet food, traditional music, scenic views and a roaring fire.

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