Mary from Alder Cottage recommends the following suggestions for a short break for a family when visiting Leitrim.

Day 1 of a Family Break in Leitrim

Take a drive around Lough Allen and stop off for a stroll on Corry Strand beach.

Next up is Scarden Waterfall along the Arigna Miners Way (a hiking trail). It is said that the meaning of the word “Scardan” is “mist that comes off a waterfall as the water rushes down”. From the waterfall, you will find a lovely vantage point with panoramic views of Lough Allen.

Having worked up an appetite, continue on to Jinny’s Café in Drumshanbo for lunch and homemade treats. A real winner!

Enjoy views over Acres Lake and the Blueway.

Afterwards, visit the horses at Moorlands Equestrian Centre, a family run riding school on the shores of Lough Allen.  For the water enthusiasts, there is a water-park nearby or you can simply walk off your lunch across the board-walk on Acres Lake.

While you continue your drive around Lough Allen, step back in time at Skerry Rinns in Ballinaglera, an old style pub, shop and post office. Finish your day with dinner at the award winning Riverbank Restaurant in Dromahair.

Alder Cottage Mary with her hens

Day 2 of a Family Break in Leitrim

Take a drive through North Leitrim passing by Manorhamilton Castle, have a cuppa in their charming cafe before continuing on to Rossinver.

The New Ballagh Centre is an old Church of Ireland chapel which opened in 1851 and closed in the early 1960’s. An interesting feature was the under-floor heating provided by two fires – a rare comfort for that period of time. A graveyard from the eighteenth century surrounds the building on all sides. The chapel has been lovingly restored and is now a community centre, featuring beautiful stained glass windows designed and hand made by two local women.

Continue on to Fowley’s Falls, one of the best kept secrets of North Leitrim, featuring a walkway meandering beside the cascades and through the woods.

Drive on towards Kinlough passing The Organic Centre along the shores of Lough Melvin. Then, when you are hungry, stop in Kinlough for a picnic at the amenity area containing a play park and community gardens or grab a bite to eat in Claudio’s Cafe or try the Courthouse Resturant at night.

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Leitrim Accomodation at Alder Cottage

Alder Cottage, is located beside the Bonet River in North Leitrim near lakes, mountains and the sea – everything you need for an idyllic short family break and holiday. Sleeping up to 5 people, this cottage whilst keeping its traditional exterior, has been beautifully restored to the highest standards. If you want to relax and unwind, this is the place for you.

This cosy holiday rental is ideally located on Bluebell Organic Farm in County Leitrim, away from busy roads and noisy traffic. The holiday cottage is perfect for a peaceful vacation and a quiet break.

Alder Cottage at Bluebell Organic Farm, Bohy, Dromahair, Co. Leitrim, Ireland is available for booking for:

3 nights €380

7 nights from €500 depending on the season.

To book at Alder Cottage or for any enquiries please contact Mary at

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