What are the must-see places in this area?
What are the must-see places in this area?
Hi Ontario, There is Manorhamilton Castle:
Also, Manorhamilton is only about 25 km from Sligo....which opens a world of possibilities!
As trintraveler has said you will be close to Sligo.
You will also be close to Lough Gill and should take the lovely scenic drive around the lake. Take the opportunity to stop at Parks Castle which is a restored early 17th Century Castle on the shore of Lough Gill. There are guided tours available.
Glencar Lake and Waterfall are also very near to you and are well worth a visit. If you are a WB Yeats fan you may already know that the Waterfall was made famous in his poem, 'The Stolen Child'.
If you are interested in Organic Farming there is a very good organic centre near Manorhamilton in Rossinver depending on what your dates will be they may have an open day or event that you might be interested in.
Also nearby is the lovely Leitrim village of Dromahair which is a nice place to stop for a bite to eat or a drink.
Manorhamilton is also well situated close to the Fermanagh border and you should take the opportunity to visit Enniskillen, popular for shopping and there is also the castle/ museun well worth visiting. A boat trip aboard the MV Kestrel to Devenish Island with its ruined monastry and round tower is also recommended from the centre of Enniskillen.. Closer to home and on the N16 there is Blacklion with its famous McNean (Nevin Maguire) restaurant and a couple of miles down the road to the Marble Arch caves and interpretive centre recognised as a UNESCO geopark. A visit into the Cuilcagh mountains is worthwhile for spectacular views over the surrounding counties and to see the magalithic tombs and burren region where the River Shannon rises from the ground.
South of Manorhamilton you have the Arigna mines and visitors centre also Boyle and the Lough Key Forest Park with Carrick on Shannon nearby.
Manorhamilton is a pleasant, small, one high street 'local' town in Co. Leitrim which has become a bit of a dormitory for people working in either Sligo or, in the other direction, Enniskillen and apart from the castle and an arts centre doesn't really have a lot to offer the tourist in the town itself - it's location in the North Leitrim Glens area, however, is fantastic if you are interested in walking and/or hiking? We often head off for walks there at this time of year to gather wild bilberries which are plentiful in certain locations...
The aforementioned Organic Centre and Parkes Castle / Glencar waterfall in Co. Leitrim are certainly worth a visit if you are interested in eco lifestyles or Irish history, a bit along and up from there is the NI town of Belleek known for the famous parian china that it gave it's name to, the area around the huge Lower Lough Erne is great for a drive and a lake-side picnic and a 'must do' would be to take a drive or boat trip over to some of the islands (the carved Iron Age pagan figures on Boa Island are definitely worth seeing with the so-called 'janus' figure is a bit of a national treasure and a short ferry takes you across to White Island and it's phenomenal later period carved figures) and then there's the attractive and large town of Enniskillen to explore...
Boa Island Figures
White Island Figures
For more inforamtion about Co. Sligo have a look at the Top Questions about Sligo on the Sligo Forum :-)
Cavan007's post has reminded us of the two National Trust properties on the approach road into Enniskillen (coming from Manorhamilton direction) that are well worth visiting if you are interested in period properties - Florence Court, in particular, is charming:
If you want to see what farming is like in the area you can visit Tickety-Moo Ice Cream.
Thanks so much, everyone, for your helpful suggestions. I will check them out, and we'll look forward to visiting many of them!
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