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“Sweet surprise on a scenic drive.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Creevelea Friary

Creevelea Friary
Ranked #4 of 15 things to do in Leitrim
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“Sweet surprise on a scenic drive.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2013 via mobile

We decided to take the drive from Sligo around Lough Gill and glimpsed the friary across the river. We initially parked near the Public Works and a gracious man, clearly familiar with our mistake, redirected us to the now closed hotel parking lot. You can drive directly to the site but parking at the hotel and taking the path through the woods and by the river is lovely. The site itself is larger than we anticipated and in relatively good shape. See if you can find all the figure carvings noted at the entryway sign.

Visited October 2013
Thank Geema-2-Jai
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English first
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“Lovely spot”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2013

On the Lough Gill drive you will pass through the village of Dromahair. Park in the Abbey Manor Hotel carpark. Just behind the hotel, a foot bridge crosses the little river Bonet. A paved footpath winds along the riverbank for about a mile, a very easy, peaceful scenic walk. This leads to a small cottage with picturesque Crevala Friary beyond. The ruins are free to enter and quite interesting to wander around and off the beaten track.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank Derms
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Orlando, Florida
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“Simply Beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2013

What a simple Friary and cemetary just sitting in the open to be viewed by anyone. Free to enter and mainly a ruin. Crevela Friory is lovely! Leave a half hour to enjoy or take a full hour and take a walk by the pasture, down a path and follow the brook, so peaceful and great for photographers. Visitthe little Apothocary shop if open and say hello to the 2 critters (cats) that live there. Very friendly.

Visited May 2013
1 Thank KenmareLisa
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Valley, AL
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“A Beautiful and Picturesque Ruin!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2011

We happened upon the Crevela Friary ruins as we were traveling between Enniskillen and Boyle completely by chance. We saw the sign on the main road and took the winding one lane path in an adventurous moment as the sun was setting on a cold December evening. We were not disappointed when we arrived a few minutes later.

The ruins are perched on a hill surrounded by pasture overlooking a bustling river below. The recent snowfall and melt had filled the banks to its brim. There is ample parking around the site although we were the only ones there when we arrived. The ruins are still used as an active cemetery. Most of the earth in and around is occupied by the remains of loved ones from local families. With the growing darkness the site took on a very lonely feeling as our cameras became less and less useful.

While we were there an elderly couple arrived to pay their respects to a past friend. They were very friendly and struck up a conversation with us as we explored the site. I enjoyed the conversation thoroughly although I had some difficulty understanding the inflection on the English language the older gentleman was using.

It is a beautiful set of ruins and is well worth the drive to see. I say this because we had only a general idea of our location at the time. But it appeared to us that it wasn't close to any major village. We stumbled upon this site completely by accident but would recommend to anyone else they make the trip to visit.

Visited December 2010
3 Thank barbarosa1
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