Carrick on Shannon is Leitrim’s county town. A friendly place with plenty to see and do, Carrick on Shannon is the perfect destination for a relaxing retreat on and beside Ireland’s loveliest river, the River Shannon. This is the heart of the county, its cruising capital, where boats await adventure in the beautiful modern marina. This is a locale for those who love the water. As well as the river from which this town takes its name, Carrick on Shannon is also surrounded by no fewer than 41 lakes, with many a prime fishing spot. Threading through this watery world are many walking trails and pleasant drives, leading out from the town all throughout the county and beyond. Heading north west from Carrick on Shannon for a short distance will take you to the Surf Coast, where you can link up with the rugged and beautiful Wild Atlantic Way and explore the rugged majesty of Ireland’s west coast.
Carrick on Shannon is a pleasant place to base yourself for your explorations of the county and there is plenty to see and do here before you leave it to visit the many attractions of Leitrim and the River Shannon. Be sure to check out the Costello Chapel, which is believed to be the smallest chapel anywhere in Europe. This is just one of several interesting historic buildings throughout the town. See also the Carrick Bridge and several churches of various denominations and styles. There is plenty of entertainment here and you will find many a hostelry with lively musical sessions and performances by many talented musicians can be heard throughout the town.
When heading out from Carrick on Shannon to explore, most people will choose to follow the waterway. This is the most northerly place for boat hire on the Shannon and the excellent modern marina makes it clear why this is the cruising capital that it is. The Rivers Shannon and Erne are the two primary river systems in the country and Carrick on Shannon is on one of the most picturesque sections of the Shannon. It is also the gateway to the Shannon Erne Waterway, a restored canal that links the two primary river systems and has created 750km of cruising waterway. Vessels of a variety of different types and sizes are available for cruises or for independent hire, so you too can float down this tranquil waterway through vast swathes of unspoiled countryside.
Whether on foot, on a bike, by car or even on horseback, you can also explore that countryside on dry land. County Leitrim has many wonderful attractions – natural and heritage sites. From the rugged and wild coast where some of the country’s best surfing can be had, to the more genteel attractions of small villages, farms, abbeys, castles and other historic buildings inland, Country Leitrim has a lot to offer – whatever sort of holiday you are looking for.
If you enjoy adventure then why not head off on your bike, hop in a canoe, or go for a wild ride on the waves or winds of the Atlantic Coast. Or simply relax and soak in the calm, friendly atmosphere of County Leitrim.