Carrick-on-Shannon Itinerary

Carrick-on-Shannon–Cora Droma Ruisc in Irish, or “the weir of the marshy ridge” is the county town of Leitrim and home to around 5,000 people. Historically, it served as the gateway to the River Shannon, the longest river in Ireland and an important trade and transportation network. Travellers and traders once used this vibrant town for refuge and lodging to rest in the middle of their long journeys. And just like in days past, modern visitors will feel warmly welcomed by the town’s friendly pubs, restaurants, and residents.

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Costello Memorial Chapel

Costello Memorial ChapelA break in Carrick-on-Shannon isn’t complete without a visit to the Costello Memorial Chapel. A Carrick-on-Shannon resident constructed the chapel in 1877 in memory of his late wife, and measuring only 16x12 feet (5x3.6 metres), it’s the second-smallest chapel in the world and ironically known as the Irish Taj Mahal. Inside, both husband and wife lay entombed with a lone stained glass window illuminating their coffins. If you’re a fan of old buildings and offbeat history, you won’t be disappointed by this strangely charming attraction.

The Arigna Mining Experience

Arigna Mining ExperienceA guided tour of the Arigna Mines will take you through the last working coal mine in Ireland. You will gain insight into the life and times of a coal miner while exploring the 400-year history of coal mining in Ireland.

Tour guides will see you on a voyage of Ireland’s fascinating geological history, but the real highlight of the experience is the actual tour of the underground mines, where you’ll explore the labyrinth of passageways and caverns once used to produce the precious Arigna coal.

Once you’ve had your fill, relax and recharge in the cosy coffee shop within the Visitor’s Centre.

A Leitrim Lakes Tour

Leitrim Lakes TourThe natural beauty of the Carrick-on-Shannon area is on full view when you climb aboard a boat. Water tours and cruises will take you along the Shannon and the surrounding lakes available for exploration all year long.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can book a watersports tour as well. There are several outfitters who offer kayaking, wakeboarding, paddleboarding, and canoeing excursions that’ll keep you on your toes!

Glencar Waterfall

Glencar WaterfallAfter spending a day exploring the town, take the time to head north toward the Sligo border to explore some of the natural wonders of County Leitrim. Just an hour’s drive north of the city centre lies Glencar Waterfall, a 50 foot fall that is even more impressive after rain. The waterfall spills into Glencar Lough and visitors can follow the wooded walk around the lake and catch stunning glimpses of the fall from all angles.

Entry to the site is free and there is a car park, picnic area, public toilets, playground, tea room, and tourist information point.

A Walk in Sliabh an Iarainn

Sliabh an IarainnIf you’re looking for the best view in Leitrim, you have to book time in for an afternoon in the Sliabh an Iarainn mountain range. Only 25 minutes from Carrick-on-Shannon, Sliabh an Iarainn is full of plenty of walking trails and loops that cater to hillwalkers of all levels. Most paths offer stunning panoramic views of Lough Allen and beyond to the west and midlands of Ireland.

Be sure to pay a visit to the Visitor’s Centre, where you can learn about the natural, cultural, and mythological history of the townlands surrounding the mountain. From floating-ships of a Celtic myth to iron mining, Sliabh an Iarainn’s place in Ireland’s history is impressive and well worth learning about during your visit.

Food and Nightlife in Carrick-on-Shannon

Oarsman Irish GastropubAfter a long day of sightseeing, there’s nothing better than sitting down for a good meal. The Oarsman, a Carrick-on-Shannon hotspot, has taken on the title of Irish Gastropub of the Year, well earned for its tasty, fresh food and reasonable prices. Most entrees can be made into half portions for kids, so diners young and old can enjoy the smart, thoughtful creations of the Oarsman chefs.

If you have a free evening,, take the time to explore a few of the many pubs in town. A local favourite is Gings Bar & Riverside Beer Garden, where a great pint of Guinness is a guarantee. Pool tables and a jukebox keep the atmosphere lively and fun, and if you have the opportunity to visit on a sunny day, you’ll find that relaxation comes easy in this gem of a pub.

Carrick-on-Shannon Awaits

Carrick-on-Shannon is a perfect spot for a quick weekend away. It’s usually not too packed with tourists and offers plenty to do, which means you’ll stay thoroughly entertained all throughout stay. Bring your car with you on your ferry to Ireland to allow yourself the freedom to explore at your own pace.

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