Now that the evenings are getting longer and the weather (fingers crossed) is getting warmer, its the perfect time to start thinking of what local activities are out there to try. From young to old, families to couples, we have compiled a list of the top 10 outdoor activities in Leitrim try out this summer.
1. Electric Bike Trails
This family run business is based in Leitrim Village and offers cycle tours of the North West of Ireland and day trips with 5 mapped trails to choose from using battery assisted peddle bikes or regular bikes. Or if you feel like exploring the Leitirm countryside you can hire out an electric or regular bike at their base in Leitrim Village or Lough Key from one hour up to a full day! Along with your bike they also include a safety helmet, hi-vis vest, bike lock, pannier bag, rain cape, self-guide map and backup transport if you get lost or caught in the rain! Check out their website for prices and special seasonal offers: Electric Bike Trails
2. Battlebridge Paintballing
If you enjoy something with an adrenaline rush then Battlebridge Paintballing might be for you! Great for older kids, adults and colleagues, paintballing encourages strategic thinking, leadership/team building skills and is superb fun. With sessions starting at € 25.00 per person you can be sure to enjoy your day out in the custom-built GameZones. Check out their website for group prices and opening times: Battlebridge Paintballing
3. Lough Allen Adventure Windsurfing
If watersports are more your thing or even if you just want to try something new, Lough Allen Adventure Centre has got you covered. Just one of the many activities they provide is windsurfing lessons. With 20 years experience you can be sure you’re getting expert guidance. It’s a difficult sport to master yet easy and hands-on for beginners. Sounds like a contradiction but it makes sense all the same: Equipped with a little bit of theory & a 30 minute session on the simulator, you’ll be ready to get out on the water and put the things you’ve learned into practice. It’s instantly rewarding! Check out their website for more information: Lough Allen Adventure Centre
4. Floating Boardwalk
Something the whole family can take part in is the beautiful Shannon Blueway walk from Battlebridge Lock to Acres Lake. This lovely walking trail can be completed in either direction from Drumhauver Bridge or Acres Lake. Follow the towpath around the lovely loop on eitherside of the canal on the Shannon Blueway. These off road trails are a wonderful way to explore the beauty and wildlife living along the Shannon Blueway and be sure to pay a visit to the new and iconic Acres Lake floating boardwalk where you can ‘walk on water’! Check out the Blueways Ireland website for further info and other walks: Blueways Ireland
5. Leitrim Surf Company SUP
So you like the water but don’t want to get wet? Leitrim Surf Company have got you covered with their guided Stand Up Paddle Boarding routes. They tailor-make all their SUP Safaris to suit individual groups needs, wind direction on the day and preferred locations so you can make the most out of your day out. The instructors are fully certified river rescue technicians and beach lifeguards with almost 20 years experience in water sports and outdoor adventure management and will take you out on the water for 2 hours up to 4 hours! Check out their website for booking information: Leitrim Surf Company
6. Adventure Gently Canoe
Want the adventure but at your own pace? Adventure Gently do just that with their guided tours of the waterways of Northwest Ireland in Canadian Canoes. They aim to provide a gentle, enjoyable, safe experience but still with a flavour of excitement and achievement. They welcome small groups, individuals and families to take part in this environmentally friendly activity, where you take nothing but photographs and leave nothing behind but ripples. With a minimum of tuition, from Graham and Adrienne your guides, Canadian canoeing gives the paddler a fresh perspective on nature, their surroundings and themselves. Check out their website for details on packages and booking: Adventure Gently
7. Parkes Castle
Whats more exciting than exploring a castle? Parkes Castle is a restored plantation castle of the early 17th century which is situated on the picturesque shores of Lough Gill. Guided tours of the castle takes place every hour during April to September and there is also a slide show entitled “Stone by stone” in four languages. Bring a picnic and enjoy the history of Leitrim. Check out the Heritage Ireland website for more information: Heritage Ireland
8. Holey Soles Walking Club
Take in the countryside with the Holey Soles Walking Club on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month from September to June. Walks usually take place in counties Leitrim, Sligo and Cavan. These walks are open to anyone suitably equipped and fit enough to maintain a good pace through hills for up to 6 hours.
There are no fees or membership requirements making it an excellent choice for anyone looking to give it ago. Make sure you are well equipped as conditions can be changeable! Pop in to TrailBlazers and we can help you out with gear and clothing! Check out the Holey Soles Walking Club for more information about their walks: Holey Soles Walking Club
9. Moorelands Treks
If you’d like to take in the Leitrim countyside from horseback then Moorelands Treks can help you out! Moorlands offers a wide range of activities for all ages and abilities. Its scenic, off-road setting, between Sliabh an Iarainn and the Arigna mountains, provides a perfect base for lessons, treks, cross-country ride-outs, hunting and pony camps. It’s open all year round and has indoor and outdoor arenas to beat the weather! Check out their website for more information: Moorelands
10. Glencar Waterfall
Mentioned by WB Yeats in his poem ‘The Stolen Child’, Glencar Waterfall is a lovely little spot situated near Glencar Lake, 11 kilometers west of Manorhamilton in County Leitrim. It is particularly impressive after rain and can be viewed from a nice wooded walk. Take a walk up to see the waterfall and relax in the pincic area or the tearoom! Check out the Discover Ireland website for more information: Discover Ireland
Let us know if you have anything to add to the list!
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