Put a twist on your trip to the Blueway by visiting a fun-filled local festival
Plan your trip to the Shannon-Erne Blueway during a festival, and you'll find on atmosphere of friendliness, fun and craic. And in summertime, you've plenty to choose from. The Carrick Water Music Festival is fast gaining a reputation as one of the region's premier events, with five days of musical and creative artistry in mid-July. Enjoy everything from jazz cruises, to opera, film, family art and drama workshops and a late-night festival club.
Foodies should make sure that Taste of Cavan is on their calendar, when a whopping 40,000 hungry festival-goers descend on the Cavan Equestrian Centre to enjoy two days of great food events and demonstrations. Now in its sixth year, the festival is a massive hit over 120 stalls laden with artisan food, as well as crafts from artists around the surrounding areas. There are demonstrations from renowned chefs, family workshops and entertainment, along with celebrations of all things foodie.
In Drumshanbo in July, the town is enraptured with the sounds of fast-paced traditional music. It flows through the streets, echoes from the pubs and gives this scenic spot in the heart of the County Leitrim countryside an unbeatable atmosphere. For one week every year, the Joe Mooney Summer School welcomes a raft of classes, music sessions, lectures and open-air music events into this feel-good ambiance, enveloping the town in "céad míle fáilte".
And for a taste of great local family fun, don't miss the Ballinamore Family Festival in August, with seven days of family-friendly activities, games, funfair and nightly music.