Family-Friendly Adventures in Carrick-on-Shannon, County Leitrim: Your Ultimate Guide to Fun and Relaxation

Planning a family trip to Leitrim and wondering how to keep everyone entertained? Fear not! Carrick-on-Shannon, located in the south of the picturesque County Leitrim, offers so many exciting activities for all ages. From high-flying adventures to leisurely cycling, Carrick-on-Shannon is your gateway to an unforgettable outdoor experience.

Lough Key Forest Park

Lough Key Forest Park: A Natural Wonderland

Just a stone’s throw away from the town, Lough Key Forest Park is a haven for families seeking adventure amongst the natural beauty of this historic park land.

Zipit @ Lough Key Forest Park

Zipit: Soar to New Heights

For the thrill-seekers in your family, Zipit at Lough Key Forest Park is a must-visit. Suitable for ages 7 and up, this adventure park offers a day of climbing, flying, and swinging through the treetop with Zipit, an exhilarating high wire course that promises fun for the whole family. With zip lines, swinging logs, and rope bridges, it’s an opportunity to discover your wild side amid the stunning surroundings of Lough Key Forest Park.

Safety is a top priority, ensuring a fantastic experience for everyone. Located just a 10-minute drive from Carrick-on-Shannon, it’s the perfect activity to add a touch of adrenaline to your getaway.

You will find out much more about everything they have on offer at Lough Key Forest Park at our blog post here.

Outdoor Swimming at Drumshanbo: Cool Off in Style

If your little ones prefer a more relaxed day, head to Drumshanbo outdoor swimming pool. One of the few public outdoor pools in the country, it’s a safe and refreshing spot to unwind after a day of excitement. With individual changing cubicles, toilets, and showers, it’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy a leisurely afternoon. The pool is located at Acres Lake, where additional attractions like the floating boardwalk and a fun playground are there for you to explore.

Traffic-Free Cycling: Explore the Shannon Blueway

Get on your bike and pedal through the scenic countryside of Co. Leitrim. The Shannon Blueway, Ireland’s first Blueway, offers 20 kilometers of traffic-free cycling. Whether you bring your own bikes or opt for nearby rentals, this easy and family-friendly route takes you along the canal to the floating boardwalk over Acres Lake, providing a breathtaking view of the surroundings.

Sheemore – Image: Leitrim Tourism

Hill Walking and Fairy Tales

If you need to tire out the gang, a good hike up a hill should do it. Why not embark on a family-friendly hill walk up the South Leitrim hills of Sheemore and Sheebeg. Steeped in mythology, Sheemore, also known as the ‘Hill of the Fairies,’ is adorned with fairy trees and tombs. A well-known local hike, it’s an outdoor activity suitable for all ages. Enjoy the magical landscape and discover the history that adds a touch of enchantment to this beautiful location.

Make a Splash in Carrick-on-Shannon

Carrick-on-Shannon and South Leitrim offer a variety of water-based activities suitable for all ages. From stand-up paddling and kayaking to wind-surfing and row-boat hire, there’s something for everyone along the Shannon River and Shannon-Erne waterway. Choose a relaxing boat ride or a bit of wild swimming; the waterways are an integral part of the region’s charm.

So you see, Leitrim really is a destination that provides plenty of opportunities for families to indulge in a perfect blend of adventure and relaxation. Plan your trip, explore the wonders of County Leitrim, and create lasting memories with your loved ones. Carrick-on-Shannon is here! And we promise you a delightful Irish escapade for the whole family.

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