North Leitrim is something of a hidden treasure, largely unknown, sadly, outside of the North West, but for those who have experienced its charms, a treasure worth jealously guarding.
The well known Glencar Waterfall is situated near Glencar Lake, 11 kilometres west of Manorhamilton. It is particularly impressive after rain and can be viewed from a lovely wooded walk
There are more waterfalls visible from the road, although none is quite as romantic as this one which is mentioned by WB Yeats in his poem ‘The Stolen Child’.
Facilities on site include car park, picnic area, public toilets, playground, the Glencar Teashed tearooms - the perfect place to get a snack.
Of course for an even more relaxed take on visiting north Leitrim you could always try a Rose of Innisfree cruise around Lough Gill.
Established in 1992 the company offers customers a unique view of the beautiful surrounds including the impressive Parke's Castle and the lake Isle of Innisfree which also inspired another poem by WB Yeats.
There are various sailings to choose from and the Rose of Innisfree is also available for group bookings for special events and private parties.
For more details see their website www.roseofinnisfree.com
Round off your trip to the area with a bite to eat. The Isle of Innisfree have teamed up with the acclaimed Riverbank Restaurant in Dromahair which has a full licence and is open from Thursday to Sunday.
John Kelly, head chef, has worked in the restaurant industry since he was 15 years of age. including a 4 year stint with the renowned chef Neven Maguire.
The Riverbank Restaurant prides itself on using the best local free range and organic produce where possible.
The Restaurant is located in The Clubhouse Bar, Dromahair, ph: 071 9164934.
Of course no visit to the north of the county would be complete without a stop at Parke's Castle.
A restored plantation castle of the early 17th century, picturesquely situated on the shores of Lough Gill, once the home of Robert Parke and his family.
The courtyard grounds contain evidence of an earlier 16th century Tower House structure once owned by Sir Brian O'Rourke who subsequently was executed at Tyburn, London in 1591. The Castle has been restored using Irish oak and traditional craftsmanship.
It is located on the Sligo-Dromahair Road (R286), 11 km from Sligo Town or 7 km from Dromahair and guided tours are available on request
Enjoy relaxation with a difference at Ard Nahoo retreat, near Dromahair.
The site boasts innovative eco cabins ideal for family holidays or chillout breaks with friends. Visitors can relax within the grounds; enjoy sessions in their Uisce area with its outdoor sauna and hot tub; or avail of yoga classes, holistic treatments and organic food, all amid a utopia of calm. See www.ardnahoo.com for more.