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Leitrim is a Wild Atlantic Way hidden gem, with a warm welcome and spectacular scenery at every turn.

Letirim has Ireland’s shortest coastline, at just 4km (2.4 miles) but what it lacks in length, it makes up for in sheer splendour, overlooked by Arroo Mountain.


It may be the smallest county along the Wild Atlantic Way – in terms of area, population and length of coast – but there is plenty to love about Leitrim. You cannot help but switch to a slower pace of life in laid-back Leitrim, with its authentic rural life and idyllic country villages. 

The County Town of Leitrim, Carrick on Shannon, is the cruising capital of Ireland. Perched on the magical River Shannon, Ireland’s longest river, renting a boat and sailing along the serene waterways to Lough Key is one of the most popular things to do in Leitrim.


Carrick on Shannon is often described as ‘buzzy’, and it is certainly true that the town has a lively, warm atmosphere. Brimming with historic sites and curios, including the Costello Chapel, which claims to be the smallest chapel in Europe, and the second-smallest chapel in the world, there is no shortage of things to do in Carrick on Shannon. St George’s Church and Heritage Centre is another must-see, not least for its magnificent church organ dating back to 1846 which is still in use during Sunday services today.

Elsewhere in Leitrim, Eagle’s Rock is a geoglogical marvel, and, at 330m high, it is Ireland’s largest freestanding tower. Located the gorgeous glacial valley of Glenade, the rock is accessed via a challenging enough 3km hike from the trail head.

Enjoy an invigorating hike in Leitrim’s stunning natural surroundings. From canal and lakeside village walks to long-distance walks, forest walks and looped and linear trails, there is something to suit all interests and levels of fitness. 

A Leitrim landmark and highlight of a visit to the Wild Atlantic Way, Glencar waterfall, inspired the famous poet, William Butler Yeats, who immortalised it in his poem, ‘The Stolen Child’. Following a pleasant woodland walk, where you will spot numerous waterfalls, particularly following heavy rain, though at 15m high, Glencar impresses the most. 

Cultural and historical treasures dot the Leitrim landscape, including Manorhamilton Castle, built by Sir Frederick Hamilton between 1634-38, and the highly photogenic Parke’s Castle, a restored plantation castle from the early 17th century. 

There is lots more to Leitrim, and it is our aim to take you to places less travelled such as this on our immersive Wild Atlantic Way experiences.

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Ease of access to the very best Wild Atlantic Way tours and experiences is what we are all about. Ireland Wild Escapes hand-picks adventures and makes all the necessary arrangements on your behalf, so all that’s left for you to do is to sit back and enjoy your time on the wonderful Wild Atlantic Way. Live availability and up-to-date pricing across all tours mean you can book today, via our website.

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