The Best Carrick-on-Shannon Sights

Carrick on Shannon is Irish for Cora Drama Rúisc, which means “weir of the marshy ridge.” This is the county town of County Leitrim and though it’s the smallest county town in all of Ireland, it’s actually the largest town in the county of Leitrim. Even so, there are plenty of things to do in Carrick on Shannon.

1. Glencar Waterfall

Glencar Waterfall is the definition of eye candy, and the best part? The view is free! It’s a short hike to reach the top of the waterfall, but the beautiful scenery begins right from the parking lot.

2. Parke’s Castle

Parke’s Castle came into existence back in the early 17th century for Robert Parke and his family (hence the name). It has since then been restored using Irish oak and traditional craftsmanship. It will take you about 40 minutes to get through and can do a guided tour upon request.

3. Costello Memorial Chapel

Costello Memorial Chapel is the smallest chapel in Ireland (2nd smallest in the world), so it’s no wonder it only takes a few minutes to explore this building. Even so, it’s well-worth the visit and conveniently located in the middle of town.

4. The Dock Arts Centre

The Docks Art Centre showcases everything art-related from theatre performances to music to contemporary art. To stay updated with their latest events and exhibitions, follow them on Facebook!

5. Eagle’s Rock

Eagle’s Rock is a hidden valley (no, not the ranch) formed from the glacial activity. Whether you want to take a stop and explore the trails (which I highly recommend), or check it out on your drive by, it is still quite impressive no matter where you view it from.

6. Creevelea Friary

Creevelea Friary is a large ancient labyrinth that just keeps on going. From the extensive history to the incredible architecture and quiet atmosphere, this ruin is sure to make you feel as if you just tumbled down the rabbit hole.

7. Workhouse Attic Memorial

Workhouse Attic Memorial is an old workhouse that’s STILL in use as a hospital. Once you get to the top floor, you’ll find informative displays and a video to watch about the site.

8. Corracloona Megalithic Tomb

The Corracloona Megalithic Tomb, also known as Prince Connell’s Grave, is a chamber tomb and one of the only megalithic tombs in Ireland that’s kept its entrance tomb. Overlooking the northern tips of Lough MacNean, the site is quite somber.

9. Strokestown House

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Strokestown House is a Palladian villa that is now open to the public along with the Famine Museum on the grounds. Open seven days a week with daily tours and events, concerts and seminars, there is always something to do here.

10. King’s House

Built as a restored Georgian Mansion around 1720 for Sir Henry King, King’s House is now one of the most popular spots for travelers to visit in Ireland. Operating as self-guided tours, you can explore the medieval past of this structure at your own pace.

11. Moon River

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If you’re in the mood to relax & unwind, take a Moon River Cruise! With delicious food, good entertainment and endless views, you don’t have to anything but sit back and enjoy your time. This is a must-do in Carrick-on-Shannon.

12. Leitrim Crystal

Leitrim Crystal is a shop specializing in crystal creations. The owner is incredibly nice and helpful and will help you find whatever you need [or want] at a reasonable price. It’s a great place to stop if you’re looking for a handcrafted Irish gift.

13. Lough Key Forest Park

Lough Key Forest is a great place for hiking as it has an abundance of walking trails, picnic grounds, meadows and even 12th-century abbey ruins. Shortlisted for a coveted Tourism award after hundreds of nominations, this has become a very popular area for recreational walkers.

14. Boda Borg

Boda Borg is an activity located in the Lough Key Forest Park. If the weather is good, you can book the Boda Borg to experience a real challenge. Boda Borg has two different types of tickets: Two hours of Questing for $22 per person or Questing for as long as you’d like for $33 per person.

15. Arigna Mining Experience

The Arigna Mining Experience was created in order to preserve the Arigna Valley and its energy heritage. This experience includes tours of an underground coal mine, geology museum and history exhibition. Head to their website for pricing and hours.

16. Clay Shooting

Clay pigeon shooting is one of the gaming sports in Carrick on Shannon. Click here to see all of their activities and prices throughout.

17. Aura Leisure Centre

Aura Leisure Centers are located all around Ireland. In the Carrick on Shannon Aura Leisure Centre, you will find a swimming pool, steam and sauna rooms, fitness classes, etc. To find their class schedules and hours, click here.

18. Zorbing

Zorbing is a fairly new fad, but, even so, I bet you’ve seen it before. Basically, you hop in a giant, transparent ball and get launched from a ramp down a hillside, maxing out between 30-50mph. There are plenty of places like this one in Carrick on Shannon to go zorbing.

19. Zipit Forest Adventures

Zipit is the first high wire forest adventure in Ireland. The age range for this activity is 7 years and up and can take up to 4 hours to complete.

20. Market Yard Centre

The Market Yard Centre is a farmers market in Carrick on Shannon that takes place every Thursday from 10:00AM until 2:00PM. If you’re looking for some hand crafted items, flowers or local produce, this is the place for you.

21. St. George’s Heritage Centre

St. George’s Heritage Centre is a restored church filled with historical items and artifacts of Leitrim and its Gaelic roots. It also showcases the restoration of the workhouse attic and the reported 1,896 souls who died there.

22. Leitrim Design House

The Leitrim Design House is home to all-things Irish Design and craft. Everything about this building screams aesthetics.

23. Lena’s Tea Room

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Lena’s Tea Room is a 1920’s themed cafe that bakes homemade tartlets, gourmet sandwiches and other goods on the daily. Visit this vintage house for a taste of the local past.

24. CJ’s Restaurant

CJ’s Restaurant is located in the heart of Carrick on Shannon. Though they have a more upscale-themed dining room, CJ’s offers relaxed and informal dining that will keep you wanting more.

25. Boardwalk Cafe & Bar

The Boardwalk Cafe & Bar is an award winning restaurant that lines the River Shannon (hence the name). However, this establishment is only open for lunch and dinner, unless it’s Sunday– then, they’re serving brunch.

26. Electric Bike Trails

If you’re looking to explore Carrick on Shannon at a pace that’s a bit more relaxed and allows you to see more of what you’re cruising by, rent a bike! Electric Bike Trails offers plenty of transportation options for the young and the old.

27. The Oarsman

The Oarsman is another award winning restaurant in Carrick on Shannon. Having an upscale dining hall that leaves you with a beautiful ambience and incredibly tasty food is just the beginning of the experience here. Head to their facebook page to see what sorts of specials they’ve got going on.

28. Anderson’s Thatch Pub

Anderson’s Thatch Pub is an old style bar bursting with country charm. The best nights to stop by here are on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Be sure to come while the music is lively and you’re eager to quench your thirst with a warm Irish Coffee (or, as the Irish say, Caife Gaelach).

From award winning restaurants to historical mines, there are plenty of things to do in Carrick on Shannon, whether you’re there to stay or just passing through. What’s your favorite Irish word?

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  1. Wow! these places look gorgeous and so inviting! I will have to add these to our list when we visit !

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