Irish holidays in a holiday rental home or holiday cottage in County Leitrim - your home away from home
County Leitrim is an inland county in the province of Connacht in Ireland although it has a short length of Atlantic coastline. It is a tranquil and lovely unspoiled area with rolling hills, pastures, deep valleys and mountains. Lakes and rivers in the county include Lough Allen, the River Shannon and the Shannon-Erne Waterway. Counties Donegal, Fermanagh, Cavan, Longford, Roscommon and Sligo border County Leitrim. Maps are available from Leitrim County Council.
Places to holiday in County Leitrim
If you look at a county map you will see that Leitrim has a history of mining iron ore, sandstone and coal mining. The last coal mine was closed in 1990. These days Leitrim is a popular tourism destination with visitors staying in hotels, guesthouses, farm cottages and self-catering holiday accommodation.
This county has the best of both worlds with a rural community that’s never in a rush and the technology of the 21st century. Country cottages are never far from a large urban area and they give you far more freedom to explore than a hotel. Ballinamore is the main crossing point on the Yellow River and is a flourishing rural centre for the neighbouring parishes of Corraleehan, Aughnasheelin, Fenagh, Aughawillan, and Drumreilly. Carrick on Shannon is a centre for pleasure cruising and boating and its Costello chapel is the second smallest chapel, in the world.
Drumshanbo is below Slieve Anierin and the Arigna Mountains. It has many geological remains of a group of marine animals dating back over hundreds of millions of years. Manorhamilton is located in the centre of the seven enchanting green North Leitrim Glens, a beautiful hill walking area. Other places to holiday in Leitrim include Rooskey, Dromahair, Leitrim Village and Kinlough.
Things to do in County Leitrim
If you are interested in golf then Ballinamore Golf Club is a challenging nine hole course on the banks of the Ballinamore / Ballyconnell whereas the Carrick-on-Shannon Golf Club is an eighteen-hole hilly golf course built on parkland and wetland. River cruises and boat tours are available at Tullaghan and the Shannon Erne Waterway offers an abundance of boating and angling with folklore and history at every turn. Lough Allen has amazing views and you can hire a day boat or arrange a cruiser trip.
Water sports at Lough Allen Outdoor Pursuits include wind surfing, open boating, kayaking, rafting, as well as pursuits such as hill walking, treasure hunts, survival skills and archery. County Leitrim has numerous historical sites and heritage museums to visit such as Parke's Castle, Dromod Steam Railway, Sliabh An Iarainn Visitor Centre, Kinlough Folk Museum, Cloonmorris church and Ogham Stone. There are also a number of friaries and abbeys close to Irish holiday cottages.
Equestrian Sports are available at Doherty's Trekking Centre in Leitrim Village and Moorlands Equestrian in Curraghill. Lough Rynn House is an estate in Mohill that has something for everyone with ornamental gardens, nature trails, lakeside walks and many historical buildings. Other attraction not to miss include the Glencar Waterfall, Corracloona Megalithic Tomb and Swan Island Open Farm at Corrawallen
Weather in County Leitrim
County Leitrim's climate is moderate and rarely extreme, but it can be raw and damp in the northern parts of the county.
Travel to County Leitrim
Sligo, Dublin, Shannon and Ireland West Knock airports serve County Leitrim, as do Dromod and Carrick on Shannon railway stations. Bus Éireann depart from Dublin, Sligo, Galway and other counties to County Leitrim.