A Stroll Around Carrick…

If you are coming to Carrick-on-Shannon for the first time, or if you are a returning visitor, you may be wondering what there is to do when you get here. Fear not! There is plenty to do whether you are visiting with your family, partner or group of friends, whether you are looking to unwind or to have an action packed staycation.

Carrick on Shannon offers you a choice of places to go and things to do that will keep everyone – young and older – entertained, busy and happy for many days. Here are just a few ideas as you plan your itinerary…


A great place to start is in town. Take a stroll through the streets of Carrick on Shannon and discover art installations including our ‘literary wall’, you’ll find the brass foot prints that lead you to the Famine Workhouse and Costello’s Chapel which is central to some light hearted dispute as to whether this tiny chapel is actually the smallest or second smallest chapel in the world. You’ll also find the canopy covered market yard, home to a weekly Farmer’s Market (Thursdays) and where spontaneous live music sessions often happen and close by, the former court house – The Dock, now home to our arts centre and home to the Leitrim Design House.

As you stroll along Main Street, you’ll discover the colourful quirky garden hidden behind The Bush Hotel and the mosaic covered shop front of Geraghty’s Shop, with its large window crammed with musical instruments and curiosities. There is so much to see and find as you stroll along the new streetscape of Carrick on Shannon.

Carrick on Shannon is found on the banks of the River Shannon with a riverside walk and parkland. You can stroll along the Marina and watch the cruisers as they come and go, take time out in the People’s Park found behind Ireland’s oldest rowing club or sit and there’s flora and fauna galore and riverside seating to sit and rest awhile as you take in life on along and on the river. There’s a fairy garden for the little ones, a mini community library, wind chimes over the water and a wonderful boardwalk perched high over the Shannon that brings you right into the flow of the Shannon.

And that’s just the start of it. In Carrick and close there’s an abundance of outdoor and indoor activities and amenities. So whether the sun is blazing or the rain is falling, there is no shortage of things to do. Here’s just a few ideas…

· Zip-lining in nearby Lough Key Forest Park

· Paddle Board or Kayaking

· Quad Biking

· Bike Hire (electric bikes & the old-fashioned self-powered ones!!)

· Hill Walking

· Riverside walks include the Shannon Blueway and its Floating Boardwalk over Acres Lake

· In and outdoor swimming

· Indoor Jump Street and Karting

· Moon River Cruise

For more information on things to do while visiting Carrick on Shannon, please see our ‘Explore’ page. For additional information, you can also contact Leitrim Tourism Office which is located along the Shannon in Carrick on Shannon. Tel: (071) 96 20 170

Everything you need to know to plan your trip to Ireland’s lovliest riverside town!

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