Celebrating your Birthday in Carrick-on-Shannon
There’s nothing quite like having a weekend break away to celebrate your birthday. With plenty to do, great places to eat, drink and be merry, as well as a great choice of accommodation, the lively yet characterful county town of Carrick-on-Shannon is the perfect destination.
Learn more about local history on a self-guided walking tour of the immediate area. Look out for the signposts from the Quays area starting point and enjoy a stroll which takes in iconic architecture, ancient chapels and a restored market yard with goods for sale.
Alternatively, combine fresh air with a challenge at the stunning Lough Key Forest and Activity Park. Here you will find the mind-baffling Swedish puzzle experience called ‘Boda borg’. Without instructions, your team must complete a set of puzzles and tasks dotted through over 40 rooms. Make sure you escape in time for dinner, as there are some superb places to eat in Carrick-on Shannon.
You could even celebrate your birthday in style by taking a cruise on the beautiful river Shannon and enjoy the beautiful sites whilst sipping a glass of chilled wine or a delicious cocktail. In fact, this would make a great surprise birthday present for anyone planning to celebrate their birthday in Carrick-on-Shannon.
Fancy breakfast out? There are dozens of cafes serving it well into the ‘brunch’ time slot, as well as bakeries and coffee shops for a snack to keep you going. Of course, a major part of a birthday celebration is a scrumptious evening meal and visitors to Carrick-on-Shannon are spoiled for choice when it comes to dining out.
From modern takes on Irish classics via Malaysian, European and gastropub cuisine, there are plenty of highly recommended eateries in the town, whatever your budget. Many of them offer veggie, vegan and gluten-free menus too.
So you’ve enjoyed a great meal with friends or family, opened your gifts and indulged in some fine dining, but your night out in Carrick-on-Shannon certainly doesn’t have to be over just yet. If you’re in the mood for rhyme, rhythm and song, there’s plenty to be found. Anderson’s Thatched Pub is an 18th-century treasure where poetry, storytelling and music happens quite naturally, while Murtagh’s Bar has a basement nightclub on offer.
For a rather more chilled environment, head to their third-floor Elevation Bar, or wind down the evening at the Riverside Beer Garden.
There’s no shortage of hotels, inns, guesthouses and B&Bs in the town. However, there’s nothing nicer than recreating that ‘home away from home’ feeling that self-catering accommodation gives you. Guaranteed parking, locations on the doorstep of major attractions, all mod cons, a patio and even use of a duvet in a roomy house that sleeps up to ten people, all this and the freedom to come and go as you please. That’s the best way to make a birthday weekend away even more special.
You only get one birthday a year, and it’s your chance to be indulgent and enjoy a couple of days doing things that make you happy. Carrick-on-Shannon is an ideal place to spend that special “me” weekend. In fact, it’s so much fun you may even need to invent a second birthday just to do it all over again pretty soon.