Part three of my virtual tour of some of my favourite places in Ireland, the ones I’ve been to anyway. This time we take a trip to lovely Leitrim and the town of Drumshanbo.
If you’ve ever wanted to walk on water you can do it in Drumshanbo. Acres Lake has a floating boardwalk, it’s a lovely walk, watching the dragonflies darting around the waterlilies. The water is so clear you can see the tiny fish swimming or watch the swans glide by.
The boardwalk meets up with the Blueway, so you can cycle, or walk from Drumshanbo into Leitrim Village. 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. There’s also an outdoor swimming pool so you can make a splash.
On the other side of Drumshanbo is the Blueway Water Park on Lough Allen. I’m not sure if it’s just for kids but I’d love to try it. There’s a horse riding centre there too if you want to go on a trek.
Drumshanbo Gunpowder Gin is in the process of building a visitor centre at The Food Hub. This is going to be a great place to visit, I’ve only recently tried the gin but it’s gorgeous, the bottles are pretty special too.
The An Tostal Festival takes place in the town at the end of June/beginning of July. It won’t happen this year due to Covid but hopefully it’ll be back next year. The town is bustling with events for all the family, including the Stylish Silage competition – which is absolutely brilliant.
So for a small town there is a lot to do, it’s well worth a visit.