The combination of beautiful lakes, rivers and canals has earned this county the name “Lovely Leitrim”. The many activities occurring in the area are based around this water network. The two main river systems in Ireland are linked by the recently re-opened Shannon-Erne Waterway; Europe’s longest navigable inland waterway, which stretches the length of county Leitrim. Carrick-on-Shannon’s marina is the hub of the cruising on this river and all types of craft can be hired from the large modern marina in the county town.
Start your journey here with a day exploring Carrick-on-Shannon itself. As well as a great variety of shops there is a buzzing food market on a Thursday morning to pick up supplies for your trip.
Carrick on Shannon is host to the smallest chapel in Ireland and reputedly the second smallest in the world; The Costello Chapel erected by Edward Costello in honour of his wife Mary Josephine.
After some local history why not try a little culture; The Dock Arts Centre, housed in the beautiful 19th Century former Courthouse building and overlooking the majestic river Shannon, has been wonderfully restored into Leitrim’s first integrated centre for the arts. The Centre offers something for everyone, from performances and exhibitions, to classes and workshops. The Dock houses a 100+ seat performance space, three art galleries, artists’ studios, an arts education room and it is home to The Leitrim Design House.
Round off your day in one of the bars, hotels or award winning restaurants with an evening session of traditional music and ‘craic’. o.