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Guidebook for Carrick-On-Shannon

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Guidebook for Carrick-On-Shannon

Drinks & Nightlife
Fenagh village has two traditional Irish pubs offering music on many weekends throughout the year. The phone box no longer works (no phone!) however the letter box is in perfect working order! Occasionally the ghost of Hetherington’s cat passes unnoticed across the road between the two pubs. When it rains its best to sit inside as your pint will fill with water! No other “do’s” or “don’ts” come to mind really. Drink deep and enjoy a village that still lacks any real sense of hurry and oozes that timeless sedate feeling capable of rejuvenating any soul.
Quinns Pub
Fenagh village has two traditional Irish pubs offering music on many weekends throughout the year. The phone box no longer works (no phone!) however the letter box is in perfect working order! Occasionally the ghost of Hetherington’s cat passes unnoticed across the road between the two pubs. When it rains its best to sit inside as your pint will fill with water! No other “do’s” or “don’ts” come to mind really. Drink deep and enjoy a village that still lacks any real sense of hurry and oozes that timeless sedate feeling capable of rejuvenating any soul.
Fenagh village has two traditional Irish pubs offering music on many weekends throughout the year. The phone box no longer works (no phone!) however the letter box is in perfect working order! Occasionally the ghost of Hetherington’s cat passes unnoticed across the road between the two pubs. When it rains its best to sit inside as your pint will fill with water! No other “do’s” or “don’ts” come to mind really. Drink deep and enjoy a village that still lacks any real sense of hurry and oozes that timeless sedate feeling capable of rejuvenating any soul.
The Abbey Bar
Fenagh village has two traditional Irish pubs offering music on many weekends throughout the year. The phone box no longer works (no phone!) however the letter box is in perfect working order! Occasionally the ghost of Hetherington’s cat passes unnoticed across the road between the two pubs. When it rains its best to sit inside as your pint will fill with water! No other “do’s” or “don’ts” come to mind really. Drink deep and enjoy a village that still lacks any real sense of hurry and oozes that timeless sedate feeling capable of rejuvenating any soul.
Food Scene
Really good Pizza
Di Vino Italian Restaurant
Really good Pizza
Traditional Lunch and Dinner Menu. Reasonable pricing and fast friendly service.
Cryans Hotel
Traditional Lunch and Dinner Menu. Reasonable pricing and fast friendly service.
Award winning chef , small pleasant restaurant. Quiet location by the Shannon.
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The Cottage Restaurant
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Award winning chef , small pleasant restaurant. Quiet location by the Shannon.
Good hearty lunch served in Smiths Bar.
Ballinamore
Good hearty lunch served in Smiths Bar.
This modern hotel is just 10 miles from River Cottage. The site was originally occupied by the local Celtic Reynolds clan and subsequently by the Crofton and Clements families until the 1970’s. Refurbished and reopened in 2006 the castle is now an ideal location for an evening meal in the Sandstone Restaurant, afternoon tea, a walk in the Victorian Walled Gardens or to just take in the views as rowers pass by on the international rowing facility of the tree lined Lough Rynn itself.
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Lough Rynn Castle
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This modern hotel is just 10 miles from River Cottage. The site was originally occupied by the local Celtic Reynolds clan and subsequently by the Crofton and Clements families until the 1970’s. Refurbished and reopened in 2006 the castle is now an ideal location for an evening meal in the Sandstone Restaurant, afternoon tea, a walk in the Victorian Walled Gardens or to just take in the views as rowers pass by on the international rowing facility of the tree lined Lough Rynn itself.
A fantastic resort set on a 300-acre estate just outside Ballyconnell towards the northern section of the Shannon Erne Blueway in Co. Cavan. After a round of golf on the 18-hole golf course why not enjoy an evening meal in one of the three restaurants. Relax to some light music in the bar. There's also a fitness centre with an indoor pool, a steam room, a sauna and a hot tub, and treatments are available in the spa while kids enjoy the games room and play area.
Slieve Russell Hotel Golf & Country Club
A fantastic resort set on a 300-acre estate just outside Ballyconnell towards the northern section of the Shannon Erne Blueway in Co. Cavan. After a round of golf on the 18-hole golf course why not enjoy an evening meal in one of the three restaurants. Relax to some light music in the bar. There's also a fitness centre with an indoor pool, a steam room, a sauna and a hot tub, and treatments are available in the spa while kids enjoy the games room and play area.
Sightseeing
Settle in with a well-earned coffee in the café or explore what Fenagh has to offer with help from the centre’s friendly staff and its wide selection of photos, maps and literature. If you have young children, they will enjoy the Monks Den, a children’s indoor soft play area in the centre. Take time to explore the many archaeological features from Ireland’s rich Celtic heritage in the landscape surrounding Fenagh including court tombs, standing stones and a Dolmen not to mention two Medieval Abbeys which imbue the nearby village with such a peaceful character
Fenagh Visitor Centre
Settle in with a well-earned coffee in the café or explore what Fenagh has to offer with help from the centre’s friendly staff and its wide selection of photos, maps and literature. If you have young children, they will enjoy the Monks Den, a children’s indoor soft play area in the centre. Take time to explore the many archaeological features from Ireland’s rich Celtic heritage in the landscape surrounding Fenagh including court tombs, standing stones and a Dolmen not to mention two Medieval Abbeys which imbue the nearby village with such a peaceful character
This Centre provides visitors with a unique insight into what coal mining life was like in the Arigna Valley, since its beginning in the 1700's until closure in 1990. During the underground tour, visitors will experience what it was like to work in some of the narrowest coal seams in the western world. The tour which will last 45 minutes brings visitors to the coal face of the mine, where the methods used to extract coal are demonstrated. Lighting and sound effects in the mine, add to the authenticity of the underground experience.
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Arigna Mining Experience
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This Centre provides visitors with a unique insight into what coal mining life was like in the Arigna Valley, since its beginning in the 1700's until closure in 1990. During the underground tour, visitors will experience what it was like to work in some of the narrowest coal seams in the western world. The tour which will last 45 minutes brings visitors to the coal face of the mine, where the methods used to extract coal are demonstrated. Lighting and sound effects in the mine, add to the authenticity of the underground experience.
1 Hour Drive - Lough Gill and Parke's Castle A restored plantation castle of the early 17th century, picturesquely situated on the wooded shores of Lough Gill, once the home of Robert Parke and his family. The Courtyard grounds contain evidence of an earlier 16th century Tower House structure once owned by Sir Brian O'Rourke who subsequently was executed at Tyburn, London in 1591. The Castle has been restored using Irish oak and traditional craftsmenship.
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Parkes Castle
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1 Hour Drive - Lough Gill and Parke's Castle A restored plantation castle of the early 17th century, picturesquely situated on the wooded shores of Lough Gill, once the home of Robert Parke and his family. The Courtyard grounds contain evidence of an earlier 16th century Tower House structure once owned by Sir Brian O'Rourke who subsequently was executed at Tyburn, London in 1591. The Castle has been restored using Irish oak and traditional craftsmenship.
1 Hour 40 Minute Drive – The Hill of Tara – Irelands Ancient East The Hill of Tara in County Meath is best known as the seat of the High Kings of Ireland but has been an important site since the discovery of a late Stone Age passage tomb. Held sacred by people from the Neolithic era, Tara was believed by worshippers to be a dwelling place of the gods and an entrance to the world of eternal joy. Modern day facilities at the visitor centre include an audio visual show, while guided tours of the Hill of Tara are available on request. Exciting new research and excavations by the Hill of Tara Discovery Programme research team continue to add to our understanding of the site. Access to the Hill of Tara is open all year around.
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Hill of Tara
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1 Hour 40 Minute Drive – The Hill of Tara – Irelands Ancient East The Hill of Tara in County Meath is best known as the seat of the High Kings of Ireland but has been an important site since the discovery of a late Stone Age passage tomb. Held sacred by people from the Neolithic era, Tara was believed by worshippers to be a dwelling place of the gods and an entrance to the world of eternal joy. Modern day facilities at the visitor centre include an audio visual show, while guided tours of the Hill of Tara are available on request. Exciting new research and excavations by the Hill of Tara Discovery Programme research team continue to add to our understanding of the site. Access to the Hill of Tara is open all year around.
1 Hour 40 Minute Drive – Westport – Wild Atlantic Way The town of Westport is located in County Mayo on the Wild Atlantic Way. The site of the town offers visitors an opportunity to experience a well maintained urban setting on the banks of the beautiful Carrabawn River in addition to a bustling Quay area on the shores of Clew Bay. The topography and biodiversity of the Westport’s environs provides for spectacular scenery which enables visitors to the area to capture a real sense of its heritage and landscape. The town has won numerous awards for tourism. There is a multitude of shops, restaurants and activity providers offering everything from golf, walking, hiking, boating , fishing or simply do your own thing and explore the Wild Atlantic Way by car on one of the many scenic drives.
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Westport
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1 Hour 40 Minute Drive – Westport – Wild Atlantic Way The town of Westport is located in County Mayo on the Wild Atlantic Way. The site of the town offers visitors an opportunity to experience a well maintained urban setting on the banks of the beautiful Carrabawn River in addition to a bustling Quay area on the shores of Clew Bay. The topography and biodiversity of the Westport’s environs provides for spectacular scenery which enables visitors to the area to capture a real sense of its heritage and landscape. The town has won numerous awards for tourism. There is a multitude of shops, restaurants and activity providers offering everything from golf, walking, hiking, boating , fishing or simply do your own thing and explore the Wild Atlantic Way by car on one of the many scenic drives.
Parks & Nature
5 Minute Drive – Shannon Erne Blueway The Shannon Erne Blueway is a 70km canoe and kayak paddling trail from Leitrim village in Co.Leitrim to Belturbet in Co Cavan with access all the way into Enniskillen in Co Fermanagh (UK) via upper Loch Erne. The Blueway comprises of 15 individual trails varying in distance and character. Choose a 1km,10km or a longer paddle trail to match your ability or time constraints on either sheltered canal or large open island doted lakes. Trail heads, access points and services are all clearly signposted along the entire length of the Blueway making it easy to identify your start and finish points. With endless paddling possibilities, pick your journey and do the Shannon-Erne your way! Way To Go Adventures provide guided Canadian Canoe tours and bike hire on the Shannon Erne Blueway River Cottage in Fenagh is located at the mid-point of the newly launched Shannon Erne Blueway. Sections of the Blueway also have waterside paths suitable for walking or cycling. A guided canoe tour can be arranged for you to explore the Shannon Erne Blueway or bikes can be hired so you can follow the waterside paths or the Tour de Humbert at leisure from your own doorstep deep into the surrounding countryside. Local access points to the Blueway from River Cottage include. 5 Minutes – access point - lock 5 Ardrum. 6 Minutes – access point - lock 4 Aghoo. 6 Minutes – access point lock - 7 Ballyduff. 8 Minutes- access point lock - 8 Castlefore.
Shannon-Erne Blueway Ballyconnell Trailhead
5 Minute Drive – Shannon Erne Blueway The Shannon Erne Blueway is a 70km canoe and kayak paddling trail from Leitrim village in Co.Leitrim to Belturbet in Co Cavan with access all the way into Enniskillen in Co Fermanagh (UK) via upper Loch Erne. The Blueway comprises of 15 individual trails varying in distance and character. Choose a 1km,10km or a longer paddle trail to match your ability or time constraints on either sheltered canal or large open island doted lakes. Trail heads, access points and services are all clearly signposted along the entire length of the Blueway making it easy to identify your start and finish points. With endless paddling possibilities, pick your journey and do the Shannon-Erne your way! Way To Go Adventures provide guided Canadian Canoe tours and bike hire on the Shannon Erne Blueway River Cottage in Fenagh is located at the mid-point of the newly launched Shannon Erne Blueway. Sections of the Blueway also have waterside paths suitable for walking or cycling. A guided canoe tour can be arranged for you to explore the Shannon Erne Blueway or bikes can be hired so you can follow the waterside paths or the Tour de Humbert at leisure from your own doorstep deep into the surrounding countryside. Local access points to the Blueway from River Cottage include. 5 Minutes – access point - lock 5 Ardrum. 6 Minutes – access point - lock 4 Aghoo. 6 Minutes – access point lock - 7 Ballyduff. 8 Minutes- access point lock - 8 Castlefore.
For the more energetic spend a day in Lough Key Forest Park and Activity Centre where you can take a tree top walk or try Zipit with 900 meters of ziplines. Relax in the lakeside café or enjoy a picnic on the lake shore. Try BODA BORG, 47 rooms containing challenging fun-filled activities, imaginative puzzles and enjoyable tasks but with no instructions! For the little ones the Adventure Play Kingdom is a dynamic, colourful and safe environment that’ll keep kids entertained for hours. Or simply unwind and follow one of the many walking or cycling trails throughout the park.
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Lough Key Forest Park
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For the more energetic spend a day in Lough Key Forest Park and Activity Centre where you can take a tree top walk or try Zipit with 900 meters of ziplines. Relax in the lakeside café or enjoy a picnic on the lake shore. Try BODA BORG, 47 rooms containing challenging fun-filled activities, imaginative puzzles and enjoyable tasks but with no instructions! For the little ones the Adventure Play Kingdom is a dynamic, colourful and safe environment that’ll keep kids entertained for hours. Or simply unwind and follow one of the many walking or cycling trails throughout the park.
Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark is host to one of the finest show caves in Europe. Visitors are guided through a fascinating natural underworld of rivers, waterfalls, winding passages and lofty chambers while stunningly beautiful cave formations glisten all around. The Cavan Burren is now part of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, one of numerous UNESCO Global Geoparks found across the world. About three kilometres south of Blacklion and north-west of Cuilcagh Mountain lies a remarkable limestone plateau at an altitude of between seven hundred and nine hundred feet, which is now beginning to be recognized as one of the finest relict landscapes of its size in all of Ireland. Its funereal monuments, habitation sites and fields survive from prehistoric times. The Geopark is now over 18,000 hectares in size and contains over 40 sites of interest.
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Marble Arch Caves
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Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark is host to one of the finest show caves in Europe. Visitors are guided through a fascinating natural underworld of rivers, waterfalls, winding passages and lofty chambers while stunningly beautiful cave formations glisten all around. The Cavan Burren is now part of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, one of numerous UNESCO Global Geoparks found across the world. About three kilometres south of Blacklion and north-west of Cuilcagh Mountain lies a remarkable limestone plateau at an altitude of between seven hundred and nine hundred feet, which is now beginning to be recognized as one of the finest relict landscapes of its size in all of Ireland. Its funereal monuments, habitation sites and fields survive from prehistoric times. The Geopark is now over 18,000 hectares in size and contains over 40 sites of interest.
1 Hour Drive – Glencar waterfall Leitrim Glencar Waterfall is situated near Glencar Lake, 11 kilometres west of Manorhamilton in County Leitrim. It is particularly impressive after rain and can be viewed from a lovely wooded walk. There are more waterfalls visible from the road, although none is quite as romantic as this one which is mentioned by WB Yeats in his poem ‘The Stolen Child’. The facilities on site include Car Park, Picnic Area, Public Toilets, Playground and the ‘teaSHED' a new Coffee Shop / Tea House at Glencar Waterfall. The teaSHED caters for locals, hill walkers, tourists and tour buses who visit the area. Freshly baked scones, bread, desserts as well as locally produced products are on sale, with areas for local arts, crafts and speciality foods. A footbridge provides access from the waterfall carpark to the teaSHED and new public playground.
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Glencar Waterfall
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1 Hour Drive – Glencar waterfall Leitrim Glencar Waterfall is situated near Glencar Lake, 11 kilometres west of Manorhamilton in County Leitrim. It is particularly impressive after rain and can be viewed from a lovely wooded walk. There are more waterfalls visible from the road, although none is quite as romantic as this one which is mentioned by WB Yeats in his poem ‘The Stolen Child’. The facilities on site include Car Park, Picnic Area, Public Toilets, Playground and the ‘teaSHED' a new Coffee Shop / Tea House at Glencar Waterfall. The teaSHED caters for locals, hill walkers, tourists and tour buses who visit the area. Freshly baked scones, bread, desserts as well as locally produced products are on sale, with areas for local arts, crafts and speciality foods. A footbridge provides access from the waterfall carpark to the teaSHED and new public playground.
Essentials
6 Minute Drive – Ballinamore With two large supermarkets, Supervalu and Tesco, many main street shops including butchers, an off licence and newsagents Ballinamore is a convenient location to pick up all the provisions that you might need for your stay. The town and surrounding areas host up to seven festivals annually with varied themes including drama, fishing, music and family. Choose from a selection of local restaurants serving everything from traditional food through to the essential weekend take away pizza! Some of the local pubs host regular traditional music nights. Visit the towns Tourism office on Main Street for much more information on local activities, attractions and events.
SuperValu Ballinamore - Donohoe's
6 Minute Drive – Ballinamore With two large supermarkets, Supervalu and Tesco, many main street shops including butchers, an off licence and newsagents Ballinamore is a convenient location to pick up all the provisions that you might need for your stay. The town and surrounding areas host up to seven festivals annually with varied themes including drama, fishing, music and family. Choose from a selection of local restaurants serving everything from traditional food through to the essential weekend take away pizza! Some of the local pubs host regular traditional music nights. Visit the towns Tourism office on Main Street for much more information on local activities, attractions and events.
Entertainment & Activities
Nearby Carrick on Shannon is only 14 miles away (23 km). Carrick is a vibrant town with several traditional pubs offering music to entertain a wide range of tastes as well as many cafes, restaurants, and a four screen cinema. The town boosts many arts and heritage attractions in addition to recreational outlets such as bowling, karting or indeed Moonriver boat trips on the Shannon itself Carrick is a food lover’s heaven with several award-winning restaurants and coffee shops along with a farmer's market where you can savour lots of local speciality foods. Browse in the many boutique clothes, antiques, interiors and book shops. Take a walk out over the River Shannon on the boardwalk. Try Kidz Kingdom with lots for children to enjoy in the soft play centre. Try summer activity camps, tennis courts, playgrounds, or the swimming pool. Hire bikes, kayaks or canoes. Play 18 hole golf, have fun at indoor shooting, go – karting, fishing or stand up paddle boarding.
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Carrick-On-Shannon
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Nearby Carrick on Shannon is only 14 miles away (23 km). Carrick is a vibrant town with several traditional pubs offering music to entertain a wide range of tastes as well as many cafes, restaurants, and a four screen cinema. The town boosts many arts and heritage attractions in addition to recreational outlets such as bowling, karting or indeed Moonriver boat trips on the Shannon itself Carrick is a food lover’s heaven with several award-winning restaurants and coffee shops along with a farmer's market where you can savour lots of local speciality foods. Browse in the many boutique clothes, antiques, interiors and book shops. Take a walk out over the River Shannon on the boardwalk. Try Kidz Kingdom with lots for children to enjoy in the soft play centre. Try summer activity camps, tennis courts, playgrounds, or the swimming pool. Hire bikes, kayaks or canoes. Play 18 hole golf, have fun at indoor shooting, go – karting, fishing or stand up paddle boarding.
Arts & Culture
The Dock is Leitrim’s centre for the arts with Theatre and Music Performances, Exhibitions, Projects, Workshops and Classes.
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The Dock
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The Dock is Leitrim’s centre for the arts with Theatre and Music Performances, Exhibitions, Projects, Workshops and Classes.