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It can sometimes feel that we are rushing through our lives, running from one activity to the next. Making time for a slow adventure gives you a chance to pause, to slow down and take some time to immerse yourself in your surroundings, particularly in nature.
It is the perfect choice for a holiday or a weekend break because it will leave you feeling refreshed, renewed and inspired – exactly what a break should do.
Spending time in nature
We all know now that spending time in nature is very good for our health. Well as far as we are concerned spending time in nature at a slow, immersive pace is even better!
Nature has a calming effect on our brains and spending time outdoors can do wonders for reducing stress levels. Adding in some gentle or challenging exercise is not only beneficial for our physical health, it also promotes a really good night’s sleep, so beneficial when it comes to strengthening our immune systems.
What is a Slow Adventure in Leitrim?
Leitrim is quietly leading the way in Slow Adventure in Ireland. Here a slow adventure experience is a chance to explore and engage with wild, open, natural spaces.
Enjoying those spaces can take many forms. You might decide to be adventurous and paddle your way along the River Shannon, you might prefer to bring a book, pack a picnic and spend the afternoon beside a waterfall off the beaten track, join a foraging walk in a tranquil forest, or you might very well do them all and more beside.
An opportunity for mindfulness
Whether you are new to the idea of mindfulness, or bring the practice into your daily life, a slow adventure here offers so many opportunities to enjoy a mindful experience in Leitrim, from simply taking five minutes to observe your surroundings and tune in to the gentle sounds of nature – the birdsong, the wind through the trees, the hum of a honeybee – to a immersing yourself in a deeper experience at a weekend retreat regularly held here.
Short and long adventures
The beauty of a slow adventure is that they can be for just a few hours, a week, a month…basically as long as you would like!
Working in partnership with tourism providers we have put together a wide range of slow adventure experiences that invite you to experience nature, its seasons, its weathers and its variations – at a slower, immersive pace. You choose the type of experience you would enjoy – a day trip, overnight or longer – and our partners arrange the rest! Get inspired at www.slowadventures.ie
If you would like to arrange your own slow adventure in Leitrim here are a few ideas to get you started:
The afternoon slow adventure
Explore the Shannon Blueway. Start at Acres Lake and head along the boardwalk for a walk – you can follow trails along the canal for up to 10km. Acres lake is a great picnic spot or there is a lovely café at Drumshanbo.
Or why not take a guided paddle along the Blueway – XXX XXX XXX offer a number of guided options ranging from a couple of hours to longer day trips.
The full day slow adventure
Set off on your bike from Electric Bike Trails in Leitrim Village.
Hire a boat for and spend the day on the Shannon.
Join Leitrim Walks for a day of foraging and walking.
Relaxed places to stay
It goes without saying that everywhere to stay in Leitrim is relaxing and they can be found here in our Eat and Stay section. But if you are really looking for a slow adventure vibe we would suggest one of our Slow Adventure partners: XXX, XXX, XXX