In a fast-paced world dominated by instant gratification and constant connectivity, it's no wonder that the concept of Slow Adventures has captured the hearts of many seeking solace and connection with nature. Slow Adventure is a form of tourism which favours slow, immersive journeys through wild and nature-rich places which give the traveller the chance to engage with nature.
Picturesque Leitrim is the home of Slow Adventure in Ireland and offers an array of activities that allow you to immerse yourself in the beauty of the land, its waters, and the tranquility that surrounds it.
Our blog looks at 5 Slow Adventure activities for you to take part in around Carrick-on-Shannon while on your Landmark Hotel stay, each of which offers a more deliberate, mindful, and immersive way of experiencing our beautiful county.
1) Wild Swimming
Leitrim boasts an abundance of serene lakes, rivers, and hidden waterfalls that create the perfect setting for a rejuvenating wild swimming experience. Embrace the freedom and serenity of the water as you connect with nature on a deeper level. Well loved outdoor swimming spots near Carrick-on-Shannon include Cormongan Pier on the eastern shore of Lough Allen, Keeldra Lake in the south of the county. Scenic Lough Boderg has a jetty popular with locals for an outdoor dip, while Doon Shore (in Lough Key Forest Park) and Cavetown Lake in neighbouring County Roscommon are also well-loved swimming spots.
2) Water-Based Activities
If you'd prefer to explore the local waterways while staying at least a little dryer there are other options for exploring our peaceful rivers, canals and glistening lakes. Carrick Day Boats offer a new, family-friendly and environmentally friendly way to explore the river around Carrick-on-Shannon with their fully electric 7 seater scoops available to hire by the day. Also based in Carrick, The Paddle Shack will take you and your family or friends on a kayaking or paddleboarding journey of exploration on the majestic Shannon, while Leitrim Stand Up Paddling, based near Leitrim Village, offer guided safari tours along the Shannon Blueway.
Leitrim's diverse landscape of rolling hills, scenic valleys, and charming villages make it a paradise for cycling enthusiasts. Rent a bike from Electric Bike Trails in Letrim village and embark on a leisurely ride along the Shannon Blueway (a network of stunning trails that run alongside the region's most idyllic waterways) or the Leitrim Way, a 50-kilometer trail that winds its way through unspoiled countryside and offers breathtaking vistas at every turn. Pedal at your own pace, relishing the freedom and connection with the landscape as you discover the hidden gems that make Leitrim truly special.
4) Hill Walking
With its beautiful landscapes, grassy trails, tranquil waterways and scenic lake shores; Leitrim is waiting to be explored! Take in the majesty of Lough Allen or discover the wild and wonderful uplands of Sliabh an Iarainn, enjoy hillwalking on the Arroo Trail or a woodland walk at Glenfarne Demesne. This guide by Leitrim Tourism contains a sample of the variety of walks available in Leitrim, suitable for all levels of fitness, while a full list of walks is available at www.enjoyleitrim.com/walks
With its array of waterways including streams, rivers, canals and lakes, which support a huge population of wild fish, Leitrim has long been regarded as an angler's paradise. This great guide by Leitrim Tourism details the fishing facilities, tackle suppliers, boat hire available for visiting gnalers. There are waters to suit fishermen and women of all levels. There are even guides available who can advise on the best bait, locations, tackle and even share some local fishing lore.
So, whatever your preference, there is an enticing selection of things to do in Leitrim that encourage you to experience the county at your own pace and spend some quality time in the great outdoors!