Evoke.ie - 10 reasons why Leitrim is the Best county in Ireland


Independent.ie - 10 great reasons to visit Leitrim by Pol O'Conghaile

1.The Taste Leitrim Trail

The Taste Leitrim Trail is all about establishing the county as a ‘must visit’ food destination. We may be Ireland’s smallest populated county but we certainly pack a culinary punch. By introducing you to our chefs, makers, producers, food entrepreneurs, distillers, brewers, baristas and farmers you will experience an insider’s view into the people behind Leitrim’s diverse food offering, what motivates us and our common aim –a true passion to bring you amazing food and drink experiences.

What makes us special
The Taste Leitrim brand is rooted in biodiversity and diversity. Inspired by our natural and unspoilt environment, we are a real fusion of backgrounds and experiences. Some of us were born and grew up here; others come from all the corners of the world and made Leitrim our home. Much more than a name and an image, our brand is an invitation to come and sample all that Leitrim has to offer. When we ask you to Taste Leitrim, we actually invite you to taste the world. Throw in a pinch of West of Ireland quirkiness and you get the picture! And underpinning all of this, we are people’s people, we enjoy your company and you will enjoy ours. We’re passionate about what we do and where we do it. 'The Marina Hotel' and our unique 'Waves Restaurant & Bar' are at the heart of the Taste Leitrim Trail, using locally sourced ingredients with a winning kitchen and food service team.


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2.The Scenic Car Drive

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3.Historic Trails

Costello Chapel Location: Carrick-on-Shannon, Co.Leitrim The Costello Memorial Chapel is the smallest chapel in Europe and the 2nd smallest chapel in the world.
O'Rourkes Castle Category: Historical Site Located close to the Hotel, here in Leitrim Village, Leitrim Castle now in ruins was built in 1540 and was the stronghold of the O'Rourke's, chieftains of Briefne. It was one of the last of the Irish castles to fall to Queen Elizabeth 1 in the 1600's. Follow in the footsteps of the great O'Sullivan Bearre. Fourteen days after he had led his convoy of 1,000 followers out of his own land in Keryy/West Cork, Daniell O’Sullivan reached Leitrim Village and protection of the O’Rourkes of Breffeny. Only 35 of them made it to Leitrim Castle.
King House Location: Boyle, Co.Roscommon King House is a magnificently restored Georgian mansion located in Boyle, Co. Roscommon. Built in 1730 as the seat of the King family, a powerful landowning dynasty, the house later became a military barracks and recruiting depot for the famous Irish regiment of the British army, the Connaught Rangers.
Parke's CastleCategory: Historical Site A restored plantation castle of the early 17th century, picturesquely situated on the shores of Lough Gill, once the home of Robert Parke and his family. The Courtyard grounds contain evidence of an earlier 16th century Tower House structure once owned by Sir Brian O'Rourke who subsequently was executed at Tyburn, London in 1591. The Castle has been restored using Irish oak and traditional craftsmenship. Access for visitors with disabilities to ground floor.
Kilronan Castle, Category: Working Hotel: Creevylea Friary, Category: Historical Site: Sean Mac Diarmada's Homestead, Category: Historical Site: Boyle Abbey, Category: Historical Site: Fenagh Abbey, Category: Historical Site.

4.Festival Central

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5.Meet The People

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6.Shop the North West

Base yourself here at The Marina Hotel and explore a shoppers heaven. Carrick on Shannon, Enniskillen & Sligo are all within easy reach of The Marina Hotel.
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7.The Shannon Blueway - Do it Your Way

The Shannon Blueway are a series of walking, cycling and water based trails and activities. Do it your way and create your own unique Blueway experience. Whether you’re into paddling, walking, cycling, or simply hooked on the outdoors, make yours a trip to remember on Ireland's Blueways. Through a series of multi-activity trails, Blueways provide a scenic perspective into the heart of the Irish landscape. From leisurely strolls and gentle paddles to adrenaline-filled days on land and water - Blueways offer tailor-made trips like no other. Timelessness meets 'time of your life' when you arrive on a Blueway. Create your own adventure or take it at your own pace and do it your way!
The Marina Hotel is located at the heart of the Shannon Blueway, set along the banks of the Shannon Erne Waterway.

Click Here to view The Shannon Blueway in Action
Click Here for Paddle Boarding Video From The Marina Hotel

8.The Shannon Blueway - Do it Your Way - Cycle it

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9.The Shannon Blueway - Do it Your Way - By Water

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10. Number 10 is our Best Kept Secret

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Here are Hidden Leitrim Teasers

Ever been to Eagles Rock?

What really goes on in Arigna Mountain?

Centuries old legend has it the lake monster Dobharcu (Dowarcoo) resided in which Leitrim lake?

Think you are a walking enthusiast?
Visit the remains of Rourke's Castle where the great O'Sullivan Beare ended his epic 500k march.

How many Zip wires are there in Lough Key forest park? 

Did you know the beautiful waters of county Leitrim are rich in bream, roach, rudd, tench, pike, perch, eels and brown trout?

What's 6 feet long, 12 feet wide and 30 feet high?
Ok. We will tell you this one. Costello Chapel in Carrick on Shannon, Europe's smallest chapel.

Thomas Heazle Park, the first Irishman ever to see 'The Mountains of The Moon'. Where in Carrick on Shannon was he raised and where is he buried?

For those of you that saw the recently released movie 'Jimmy's Hall' by Ken Loach, where in Leitrim was the hall located?

The Marina Hotel now stands on the site of a 2nd O'Rourke Castle, later to become a community field, and finally the marina, hotel and holiday home destination that you see today.
But who was the first resident of the new Leitrim Marina?

At 5km long, Leitrim boasts Ireland shortest coastline.
 
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