Perhaps not instinctively obvious, travelling on two wheels is one of the most popular ways to explore Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands including the Shannon and Shannon Erne Blueways. A network of stunning trails running on or alongside Ireland’s most idyllic lakes, canals and rivers, takes you into the heart of her most unspoilt landscape. Many of the looped routes are within a 5-10km range making them ideal for the entire family. The routes we suggest have some of the best bistros, restaurants and coffee shops “enroute” so there is always time to stop, rest, relax and rejuvenate before exploring the next stage of your route.
Things To Do
Arigna Mining Experience
Step back in time…The Arigna Mining Experience, where we bring history to life, tell the story of Ireland’s coal mining industry and explore the themes of energy – past, present and future. At Arigna, we don’t just take you on a journey back in time, we also bring you underground.
Our tour guides have over 150 years of mining experience between them. All our tour guides at Arigna are ex-miners which gives our tours complete authenticity. Living and working at the coal face allows each guide to recount their life stories of working underground, giving the visitor a totally unique experience.
The Shed Distillery
The curious Journey of the curious mind. Take the tour of this fully operational, authentic distillery.
An incredible journey into the heart of rural Ireland and the Inner Sanctum of the first distillery in Connacht in 101 years. The Shed Distillery of PJ Rigney, the home of Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin, Drumshanbo Single Pot Still, and other remarkable creations from the curious mind of PJ Rigney.
Finish your tour with a refreshing & exotic tasting at The Honey Badger Bar in the majestic Botanical Glass House.
Glenview Folk Museum
Glenview Folk Museum is located just outside Ballinamore in Co. Leitrim and is operated by the Kennedy Family. The Museum was set up in the year 2000 as it was identified that Ireland was losing its heritage and true identity. The Kennedys recognised the importance of preserving the past for the future. The museum consists of many different attractions from old household & farm items to vehicles and a full street scene which has been fully reconstructed to really give you a feel for 1930s Ireland.
Marble Arch Caves
The landscape encompassing the Marble Arch Caves was formed over 340 million years ago. Today this natural environment of caves, rivers, mountains, ancient woodlands, waterfalls and gorges offer an opportunity for visitors to enjoy the incredible range of activities and experiences what the Marble Arch Caves have to offer. In 1895 two intrepid explorers disturbed the silence and natural order of the caves. The first beam of light pierced the blackness, breaking the long sleep of the Marble Arch Caves. Do you want to find out what happened next? Book onto one of the exciting tours and all will be revealed by expert and enthusiastic guides.
Blueway Waterpark is the Northwest’s only Inflatable Waterpark. Located on Lough Allen one of Ireland’s beautiful inland waterways, beside the Lough Allen Hotel, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim. The Waterpark is made up of 2250 square meters of inflatable trampolines, obstacles, slides, logs, bongo blobs, cliff jumps and rope swings. Welcoming guests from 6 years plus to the waterpark, individuals, groups and families can all enjoy our facilities and activities.
Zipit – Lough Key Forest Park
Zipit’s fun-packed circuits include zip lines, swinging logs, cargo nets and rope bridges. You can enjoy thrills high above the ground with the most up to date safety equipment to ensure you get the most out of your visit. Come as a family, come on your own, or bring along a group. Zipit courses are designed to be fun, challenging and perfect for anyone looking for adventure in the great outdoors. You don’t need to be an expert or fully-fledged adrenaline junkie and all circuits are designed and operated to the highest safety standards. So come on…. branch out and enjoy the high life at Zipit!
Places To Eat
Beirnes Of battlebridge - Shannon Blueway
A winner of numerous awards including Black & White Pub Award, Guinness Irish Pub of Distinction, Woman’s Way Magazine Family Pub of the Year, Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence and The Restaurants Association of Ireland Nomination for Best Gastro Pub in 2016. A lively welcoming spot, offering award-winning gourmet bar food Thursdays-Sundays, trad music sessions at weekends & a warm welcome from staff & locals alike.
Jinny's Bakery - Acres Lake, Shannon Blueway
These beautiful Tearooms on the shores of Acres Lake looking onto the Blueway are a haven for walkers, cyclists, boating tourists and the local community. You can now eat Jinny’s products straight from the oven, they’re so fresh you can smell the baking bread as you approach the Tearooms! Vegetables and salads come straight from their own polytunnels, also onsite.
The Marina Hotel – Leitrim Village, Shannon Blueway
The Marina Hotel is a stunning boutique hotel on the banks of The River Shannon, surrounding its own private boating marina, with children’s playground and tennis court in our private grounds , safe off road parking, and serving excellent food all day. Music on weekends ads to the electric atmosphere.
Barista on the Blueway – Kilclare, Shannon Erne Blueway
Barista coffee caravan on the Shannon Erne Blueway, serving hot drinks and treats.
Outdoor seating and canopy’s provided. Situated in Kilclare, between Locks 12 and 13, with a small car park at Lock 13.
The Corner Café – Ballinamore, Shannon Erne Blueway
With a wide range of food from all day breakfast, fish and chips, homemade burgers to roasted dinners and selection of desserts. The Corner Café combines years of experience gained in kitchens and dining rooms of hotels and restaurant in the UK, Greece, France, Poland and Ireland. Our goal is to deliver big portions of fresh and tasty food at reasonable prices. Order takeaway, book a private party, or table.
Smyths Siopa Ol Bar & Restaurant – Ballinamore, Shannon Erne Blueway
Smyths in Ballinamore is the quintessential Irish pub steeped in Irish history. You will feel at home in a warm, cosy atmosphere, where the menu is carefully created to please all tastes – from hot Thai Red Curry, Beef Stew to the Lamb Shank, all cooked to perfection.