Start your day with some thrills and spills, beginning at Lock 2 in Ballyconnell, the white water course suits experienced adventurists who are happy to tackle the rapids, standing waves, eddies and rock piles along the course. Not to 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, and Way To Go Adventures. Or a tour with Leitrim Surf Company, who specialises in SUP and surf, with guided stand-up paddle-boarding along sections of the Blueway from Leitrim Village.
For lunch drop in during the cooler months to the Barge Restaurant and Steakhouse in Leitrim Village, and you can enjoy dishes beside the open fire, while in summer the beer garden opens up for relaxed dining alfresco.
Finish your day with mesmerising reflections on the water along the Shannon-Erne Blueway, but look up as the beautiful Iron Mountain or Sliabh an Iarainn comes into view. Beautiful walking trails here bring you into the heart of the mesmerising landscape – a place so appealing that it is said to have been the landing place of Tuatha dé Danann, a mythical race of god-like people who had incredible powers. After touching down, surrounded by “dark clouds”, the gods “brought a darkness over the sun lasting three days”. Pick the right day, and you’ll have the landscapes around here looking their best in the beautiful sunshine, highlighting the greens, rusty browns and navy waters of the landscape at the Sliabh an Iarainn Visitor Centre at Drumshanbo, explore more about the people, transport and industry of the area.
For dinner it's hard to get a better experience than sitting by the fire in Smyth's and enjoying a rich, warming bowl of beef stew, and maybe even a pint of Guinness! This is a fabulous little pub – quirky, friendly, traditional and it's a delight both at lunchtime or in the evening, when you might get a bit of music thrown into the mix. Main Street, Ballinamore.