Swaying reeds, silky waters and the sound of birdsong – the Shannon-Erne Blueway basks in a tranquility that few places can rival. But while this delightful stretch of waterway feels glorious serene most times, that's not to say it doesn't have an adrenaline-filled wild side.
Thrills and spills come thick and fast along the Ballyconnell White Water Trail, which is perfect for testing the skills of proficient paddlers.
Beginning at Lock 2 in Ballyconnell, this section of the Blueway suits experienced adventurists who are happy to tackle the rapids, standing waves, eddies and rock piles along the course.
Adventure of a different kind can be enjoyed with Leitrim Surf Company (leitrimsurf.ie), which specialises in SUP and surf, with guided stand-up paddle-boarding along sections of the Blueway.
But don't worry, if a more relaxed approach is your thing, then there are plenty of ways to enjoy adventure of more laid-back kind by canoeing or kayaking with some of the Blueway's great tour companies, including Adventure Gently Canoe Tours (adventuregentlyireland.com), Cavan Adventure Centre (cavanadventure.com) and Way To Go Adventures (waytogoadventures.com).
Adventure, discovery, relaxation – it's all in a day's fun on the Shannon-Erne Blueway.