I have put together a daily itinerary which may help you the visitor to plan your holiday and take away some memorable experiences of your stay in Leitrim.
- A visit to the Arigna Mining Experience which is just a 15 minute drive away. Enjoy an underground tour by guides who were ex-miners in what was Irelands last working coal mine. Afterwards you can have a bite to eat in the museum restaurant or sit outside and soak up the fantastic views of four counties. Open all year 10am to 5pm 7days. www.arignaminingexperience.ie
- Visit Lough Key Forest and Activity Park off the N4 near Boyle, Co Roscommon, where there are walking trails, plenty of activities both indoors and outdoors for all ages, bike hire, a visitor centre and restaurant. www.loughkey.ie Also in Boyle town is the King House Museum, an 18th century Georgian mansion which was where the Connaught Rangers regiment were based and a museum dedicated to Maureen OSullivan who came from Boyle is well worth a visit. www.kinghouse.ie
- Why not rent an electric bike in Leitrim village. There a bikes available to suit all members of the family and suitable trails to suit all fitness levels. Its a very pleasant and leisurely way to discover and enjoy the countryside. www.electricbiketrails.com
- You could easily spend a full day exploring Lissadell House, home of the Gore-Booths north of Sligo town. Take a guided tour of the house, stroll around the garden, visit the museum dedicated to Countess Markiewicz and the historical events of the early 20th century. There is also a shop and restaurant on the grounds. Also close by at Drumcliffe is the grave of W.B.Yeats who was a regular visitor to Lissadell House. www.lissadellhouse.com
- A place that I have recently visited myself and would recommend is Glenview Folk museum located just two miles on the Carrigallen road from Ballinamore. Contained in this museum is a treasure trove of items, tools and machinery relating to the past. There are a number of reconstructed shops, a pub, a chemist, all stocked with goods which were common during the mid 20th century. A real trip down memory lane. www.glenviewmuseum.ie
- For those of you who are interested in agriculture, horticulture or gardening a trip to the Organic centre in Rossinver, North Leitrim is a must. There are many polytunnels growing fruit, vegetables and plants where you could very well pick up information and ideas on growing your own food. Bring your walking shoes, and close by the Organic Centre you can take a walk along the Glenaniff River which will bring you to Fowleys waterfall. www.theorganiccentre.ie
- Take a guided tour of the Marble Arch Caves, a UNESCO Global Geopark, and explore a natural underworld of rivers, waterfalls, winding passages and lofty chambers. www.marblearchcaves.net
- Rent a canoe or kayak from River Mania or Adventure Gently or a stand-up paddle board from Leitrim Surf Company and explore at leisure our local rivers and Blueway canals. If this is an activity you are not familiar with there are guides who will help getting you started. A fun day for all the family. www.adventuregently.com, www.rivermania.ie and www.leitrimsurf.ie.
- Leitrim boasts some wonderful walking routes. We have the Leitrim Way, the Miners Way and the Historical Trail. If you are a serious walker why not try a section of one of these challenging and scenic routes. If you would prefer something less strenuous there are a number of looped walks which form part of the above trails. I can provide maps of the looped walks for any guests who would like to have a go.
- For those of you who are interested in history a very interesting place to visit is Strokestown Famine Museum. It contains very detailed information of how locals coped during the famine years. It is based at Strokestown Park House, a Georgian mansion which contains most of its original furnishings and fabrics and provides guided tours daily. There is also a very nice walled garden which was re-opened in recent years. www.strokestownpark.ie
- Why not try something completely different and unusual. Visit Eagles Flying, Irelands largest centre for birds of prey and owls offers you the opportunity of being close up to some of the largest birds of prey in the world. www.eaglesflying.com
- Make sure to see the wonderful Glencar waterfalls, 50ft high and at their best after a shower of rain. They are located at Glencar Lough on the Manorhamilton road close to Sligo. You can then continue on to Sligo city and visit the many excellent shops and restaurants.