A Guest Post by Nuala McNulty, Tawnylust Lodge.
Nuala’s suggested Leitrim Heritage Experience.
This can be done over a few days or at a more leisurely pace extended over a week. There are lots of things to do in Leitrim and you can venture into the neighbouring counties of Sligo, Donegal, Roscommon, Cavan and Fermanagh.
There is something calming and peaceful about a visit to Leitrim.
Stay at Eco-friendly Tawnylust Lodge Apartment and base yourself there for the duration of your visit to Leitrim and surrounding counties.
Snuggle up with a book in the evening while watching the sun set and moon rise over the Leitrim Hills.
Fill your senses with all that Leitrim has to offer by way of scenery, heritage, culture and food.
Day 1 or 2: A visit to Kiltyclogher, Garrison and Rossinver
Imagine times past in an original Irish cottage, birthplace of hero Sean MacDiarmada on a tour with one of the passionate guides. Free
Visit the Kiltyclogher Heritage Centre and learn about our past on this scenic border village and how locals always found a way to work with communities on both sides of that border. Free
Take a scenic drive to Garrison with fantastic views of Lough Melvin and onto the renowned Organic Centre in Rossinver.
Day 2 or (3, 4 and 5): Visit Glenfarne and try the Leitrim Way, Beara Breifne
Waltz around the dance floor in the iconic Ballroom of Romance in Glenfarne and visit their stunning interactive museum of the show band era, take a step back in time with the most up-to-date technology with a virtual reality experience (Adm €5).
Choose a lakeside stroll or keep to the woodlands, savour a packed lunch at one of the beautifully positioned picnic areas.
Another wonderful walk to choose is the Leitrim Way, part of the Beara Breifne Way, a 500km historic walk from Cork to nearby Blacklion.
This experience could also be done at a more leisurely pace over a 7 day experience.
Always check in advance if the venues are open, any entrance charges and any special conditions or restrictions that apply.
There are lots of other choices of walks and Nuala is happy to make suggestions on what to do and where to go in the area.
Where to Eat and Drink in North Leitrim
With all that exercise and culture, you will be in need of sustenance. Try the full Irish breakfast with their homemade brown bread at the Lavender Cafe at Clancy’s of Glenfarne.
If it’s the perfect pint of Guinness you’re after then try out McHugh’s Pub in Glenfarne or Connolly’s pub in Manorhamilton. These pubs offer the ‘real’ Irish pub experience, no tv, no food, no till but music and conversation that are the best in Ireland.
Where to Stay in North Leitrim
Stay at Tawnylust Lodge self-catering apartment, nestled in the Leitrim hills ouside Manorhamilton. If it is booked out Nuala would suggest you check out other members of the Leitrim Tourism Network.
The toughest decision of the day is which window to look out to breathe in the scenery, a feast for the eyes.
Their complimentary welcome pack of local, organic and fairtrade goods is a firm favourite with guests. You can top it up with local goodies at the local Farmer’s Market on Friday mornings in Manorhamilton or at the renowned Organic Centre in Rossinver.
Costs of a stay in Tawnlust Lodge
- Two weekend nights, (Fri & Sat) €199
- Three nights mid-week €180
- Seven nights €495 (Note for July and August minimum 7 nights stay only)
Prices are for one or two people for accommodation only.
Wifi, bed linen, towels, toiletries and electricity included.
Apartment has one ensuite bedroom and the couch converts to a double bed. Suitable for solo travellers, two people or couples.
Cot available on request.