Ten Photos of Beautiful Leitrim

Leitrim is a beautiful county, full of hidden gems, great food experiences, and some of the friendliest people I’ve met. It’s the perfect place to go exploring, or enjoy a slow adventure. Here are ten photos to inspire you to visit.

Stairs bluebells Ireland

The first two photos are at O’Rourke’s Table, Newtownmanor. The walkway is closed at the moment and is undergoing work, but it’s hoped it will open in Spring 2023. The previous walkway was beautiful when the bluebells were in bloom, it was 300 steep steps to the summit, but the views over Sligo and Leitrim were worth it.

green bridge

Milltown Woods is a short drive from Manorhamilton, just follow the signs for Lurganboy and you’ll see the woods signposted. It’s a gorgeous forest walk with the River Bonet running through the woods, it’s just so peaceful walking around there, listening to the water rushing and the birds singing.The entrance nearest to Manorhamilton is the handiest to find the green bridge.

Fowley’s Falls in Rossinver, often overlooked but absolutely stunning. Enjoy a 3km forest walk which ends at these magnificent falls. Pay a visit to the Organic Centre which is very close to the falls.

Glenade Drive. Take a spin into a glacial valley that is said to be home to Ireland’s answer to the Lough Ness Monster. Glenade is also known as Jealous Valley and Glenade Lake has a tale to tell. In the 1700’s Grainne, a local lady, was washing clothes at the lake when her husband heard her scream. He ran to see what was happening and found she had been killed by a Dobhar-chú (half dog, half water creature). He stabbed the Dobhar-chú and as it was dying it wailed and called it’s mate which arose from the lake and chased the man – after a long chase the man killed this Dobhar-chú as well. If you visit you Conwall Cemetery close to the lake you will see a gravestone where Grainne is said to be laid to rest and on that gravestone is a carving of the Dobhar-chú.
Leitrim has just 4km of coastline, but it’s well worth calling to the village of Tullaghan to see it. If you get a clear day you’ll be able to see over to Slieve League in Donegal.

Park near the Abbey Hotel in Dromahair and take the walkway to Creevylea Abbey along the banks of the River Bonet, it’s a very pretty area and well worth exploring. Stop at The Village Tea Rooms too for cuppa and a cake.

Glencar Waterfall. A beautiful waterfall located across the road from Glencar Lake. It’s a lovely short walk up to the waterfall, I’d recommend going after a rain shower or even during one to see it at its best. You have to visit Glencar Teashed for a bite to eat.

The floating boardwalk over Acres Lake in Drumshanbo. 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. A visit to The Shed Distillery is recommended here. Also check out Jinny’s Tearooms just across the road.

Carrick on Shannon. A great town with lots to see and do. Check out the biodiversity garden, go on the Moon River Cruise, enjoy water sports, go shopping, check out The Dock art gallery, visit one of the great cafes and restaurants. The list in endless.

It was hard to keep this post to just ten photos but there are more of my Leitrim suggestions here.

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