Spotlight on Drumshanbo

I’ve been in Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim quite a lot over the last few months and I think it’s a place you might be interested in. For a small town there is a lot happening so here are just some things worth note:

The floating boardwalk over Acres Lake. You can actually walk on water! It’s a lovely walk, watching the dragonflies darting around the waterlilies. The water is so clear you can see the tiny fish swimming. It’s a beautiful walk.

The boardwalk meets up with the Blueway, so you can cycle from Drumshanbo into Leitrim Village. If you don’t have a bike you can hire one from Electric Bike Trails…this is on my to do list.

If you fancy taking to the water you can now hire a pedalo and paddle around the lake. I know these are available in August and at €25 an hour for a pedalo that can hold up to five people it’s great value for money. Another thing on my to do list!

Stand up paddle in Drumshanbo is available at Leitrim Surf. This one I have done and loved! Well worth doing. Or take to a canoe with Adventure Gently.

Also at Acres Lake is a fantastic visitor centre. Sliabh An Iarainn Visitor Centre is free to visit, you can find out the history of Drumshanbo, listen to music from the area and even send a virtual postcard to your friends.

If you’ve worked up an appetite at the lake check out Jinny’s Tearooms, just across the road. This is an inspired new food experience offering specialty teas and coffees, with delicious snacks, and light bites with emphasis on wholesome, local ingredients. With an award-winning on-site bakery, Jinny’s appeals to families, cyclists and those seeking sustenance after a walk on water! They are open Thurs. – Sun. 10am – 5pm.

Fancy a dip? Check out the Drumshanbo Outdoor Swimming Pool. Also located at Acres Lake, you could spend the day here for sure.

On the other side of Drumshanbo check out the Lough Allen Hotel and Spa. They are open from March until November, they have a swimming pool, treat hut – think ice cream, waffles, crepes and coffee (they open during the summer), there’s also a hot tub which looks fab! For the adventurers out there check out the Blueway Water Park at Lough Allen – this looks amazing! I’m not sure if it’s just for kids but I’d love to try it.

Fancy seeing Drumshanbo from a different angle? Check out Moorlands Equestrian Centre, this is a family run riding school catering for all ages and abilities, lovely off road scenic treks, indoor arena.

For more information on Drumshanbo including The Food Hub, Drumshanbo Gunpowder Gin and other places to eat check out the Taste Leitrim website.



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