Information Leitrim Ireland

Welcome To Leitrim!

With just two miles of coastline, Leitrim is a mainly inland county of rolling hills, lakes, rivers, pastures and boglands.

Leitrim remains unspoilt, a haven from the stresses and strains of modern urban living.

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County Leitrim is the big secret that the people of the West of Ireland don’t want you to know about: Overlooked by many visitors, it is a great area for hill walks or water pastimes such as fishing and boating. While it has the Dartry Mountains for the more adventurous, long distance hikers will enjoy the rolling hills of the Leitrim Way which runs from Manorhamilton to Drumshanbo thirty miles away and a little further on, Leitrim town. The footpath itself is well sign posted.

Most of Lough Gill is in neighbouring Sligo, but Leitrim has the eastern end of it, where you can see Parke’s Castle built in 1609 for Capt Robert Parke – the site itself had seen previous habitation, as it was once a five storey tower owned by the O’Rourke clan. The Parke family abandoned the castle before the end of the seventeenth century, and it was left derelict before restoration in the mid twentieth century using many of the traditional building techniques. Today it is open to visitors for the tourist season, so if you’re going to visit, make sure to call ahead in case your journey is wasted.

Lough Allen and Lough Melvin are two more of the lakes in County Leitrim, and the lakes and rivers of Leitrim are a big draw for those who enjoy fishing. Boats can also be hired for cruises too, or a combination of the two. The waterways of Leitrim are generally well stocked with fish.

County Leitrim contains the village of Dromahair, which in turn contains Breffni Castle, from where Diarmuid (Dermot) MacMurrough kidnapped the wife of a rival and eloped. Tiernan O’Rourke called on his ally Rory O’Connor and together both clans drove McMurrough from Ireland more than a decade later. McMurrough returned in 1169 with the support of the Normans, and so began the bitter struggles between oppressor and oppressed that have marked the last eight centuries in Ireland.

General information Leitrim

Leitrim is an oasis of tranquility in the east of Ireland.

This region was long influenced by the O'Rourke family of Dromahair, until the Normans invaded in the 13th century. The O'Rourke family had occupied the south and their heraldic lion occupies the official county shield to this day.

Leitrim is best known for its fantastic lakes. Lough Melvin is internationally renowned for its unique range of plants and animals, Lough Allen offers amazing views and Parke's Castle is located on the shore of Lough Gill. Other lakes of note include Lough Garadice, Lough Glenade, Lough Rynn and Lough MacNean.

Accommodation in Leitrim

Leitrim provides you with ample accommodation options to suit your requirement and your budget. Bed & Breakfasts, Guest Houses, Hostels, Hotels and Farm Houses can all be booked.

Hotels in Leitrim

Hotels in Leitrim allow you to take in the countyís tranquility without any inconvenience. Some of Leitrimís hotels offer great views of the countyís lakes. Hotels in Leitrim include Lough Rynn Castle in Mohill and the Bush Hotel in Carrick on Shannon.

Bed & Breakfast in Leitrim

Bed & breakfast accommodation in Leitrim provides you with a comfortable and affordable stay along with deliciously cooked breakfast for a reasonable price. B&B in Leitrim includes names such as Glebe House in Mohill and Aisleigh B&B in Carrick on Shannon.

Leitrim Restaurants

Leitrim restaurants serve dishes that will satisfy all tastes, many using only the freshest local ingredients. Popular restaurants in Leitrim include Vittos Restaurant in Carrick on Shannon.

Shopping in Leitrim

Shopping Leirim is a charming affair. The shops of Ballinamore, Carrick-on-Shannon, Carrigallen and Drumshanbo will provide you attentive service that is missing from busier locations.

Leitrim Car Rental

Car rentals in Leitrim facilitate cars on rent for a pre defined period and according to budget. Cars can be rented from Ballinamore Car Hire, Drumshanbo Car Hire, Kinlough Car Hire and Carrigallen Car Hire.

Leitrim Golf

Leitrim has several quite parkland golf courses, allowing you to truly get away from it all and focus on your game at courses like Ballinamore and Carrick on Shannon Golf Clubs.

Attractions Leitrim Ireland

Glencar Waterfall - Glencar Lough

Particularly impressive after rain. There are many more waterfalls visible from the road, although none quite as romantic as this one.

Glens Centre - Manorhamilton

New Line, Manorhamilton, the Glens Centre is a lively arts centre hosting a large number of classes and activities, concerts, drama, recitals and readings. It is the home of North Leitrim Glens Tourism Coop which organises fishing, hill walking etc.

Lough Rynn House - Mohill

Formerly the home of the Earls of Leitrim, the Lough Rynn estate is an intricate mingling of land and water. The notable mid-nineteenth century walled garden, with its terraces designed to catch the sun, no longer provides fruit and vegetables for an Earl's table.Its architectural features include a turreted summer house with splendid views over Lough Rynn. Lough Rynn House and Gardens has ornamental gardens, nature trails and a terraced walled garden which dates from 1859.

Parkes Castle - Five Mile Burren

This impressive manor house sits on the shores of one of Ireland's most beautiful lakes, Lough Gill. The splendour of Parkes Castle is immediately evident as you drive around the lake. Once an important stronghold of the local O'Rourke family, rulers of Breffni, Parkes Castle has been recently restored to its true 17th century style.

Sliabh an Iarainn Visitor Centre - Drumshanbo

Provides audio-visual displays reflecting life, transport and industry between Arigna and the Sliabh an Iarainn mountains. Special emphasis is placed on the railway, canal, lakes, iron and coal mining. Sliabh an Iarainn, the beautiful rugged mountain of legend and song, lies behind Drumshanbo.

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