I’m always looking for new things to recommend to my blog readers and here are a couple I’ve discovered.
I love Leitrim, it’s a beautiful county that doesn’t get the recognition it deserves in my opinion. I recently heard about Barista on the Blueway, it’s a cute little caravan located on the banks, they do lovely coffee and cakes but it’s so much more than that. I parked in the small car park at Lock 13, strolled along the river and saw pink chairs, lights and the caravan hidden in the trees, it reminded me of a fairy garden. The perfect place to relax and take in the atmosphere. You might even be greeted by the resident robin.
If you are looking to make a day of it, you can cycle, or paddle along the blueway. Check out Electric Bike Trails in nearby Leitrim Village for bike hire and check out Leitrim Surf for Stand Up Paddling and Adventure Gently for canoes. Or you can just walk. However you explore the blueway it’s a great day out.
I also tried the afternoon tea from Bits N Bytes in Carrick on Shannon. Like so many other business Bits N Bytes have had to think outside the box and to add to their other wonderful offerings, they’ve come up with a takeaway afternoon tea. It was absolutely gorgeous, my personal favourite was the mini cheesecake, but it was all just fabulous. This would be perfect for a picnic or a garden party.
Also when you are in Carrick on Shannon check out Carrick Cineplex. This isn’t just an ordinary cinema, it’s something really quite special. It’s got comfy seats, serves coffee and wine, and even has a grown up treat selection! It reminds me of the old style cinemas. It’s not surprising that it’s won several awards too.
The Dock Arts Centre is well worth a visit.. There seems to be a lot going on at this centre and there was a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. It’s home to Leitrim Design House, there is also a coffee shop and regular exhibitions, workshops and events take place throughout the year.
Carrick-on-Shannon is also home to the Costello Chapel, which at 16 x 12 feet is the smallest in Ireland. Edward Costello built it as a memorial to his wife in the late 1800’s. You will find the chapel on the main street just opposite the town clock.
I hope this blog post has given you some inspiration for things to do in lovely Leitrim.