With its lush landscape, grassy trails, tranquil waterways and scenic sandy shores, Leitrim simply begs to be explored. Take in the majesty of Lough Allen and the might of the rugged mountain Sliabh an Iarainn with a ramble along one of the stunning Ballinaglera Walks. Or take on the Leitrim Way and discover the wild and wonderful uplands of Barlear, enjoying the county’s idyllic scenery from an unrivalled vantage point.
But the mountains aren’t where all the treasures lie, Leitrim’s small but picturesque coastline boasts some of the west’s best waves at Mullaghmore Beach. While the lakeside Lough Rynn Castle’s exquisite gardens and nature trail make for a scenic wander. Nature and poetry-lovers alike will revel at Glencar Waterfall, these 50-foot-high rushing waters inspired Yeats’ work The Stolen Child.
A two-wheeled adventure is always on the cards in Leitrim. Brimming with serene, unspoiled countryside, a cycling day trip or saddle-top tour is the ideal way to discover the county’s hidden gems. If you pedal across the King Fisher Trail you’ll encounter the beauty of the lakelands, captivating park and forest trails, pretty villages and history at every turn.
Uncover Leitrim’s prehistoric and early Christian past as you spot portal tombs, high crosses and ancient sweat houses. The county’s history can be traced from its origins as part of a Gaelic kingdom, to its Medieval period and the later plantation era which resulted in Parke’s Castle on the shores of Lough Gill. Why not find out if any of your ancestry lies in Leitrim at the Genealogy Centre? The area’s fascinating rural history is also detailed at Glenview Folk Museum, which houses over 6,000 antique and historic items.
With so much to explore, you might just be tempted to extend your stay.