Our cottage is in an ideal location to visit towns and villages in Co Cavan, Leitrim, Fermanagh and Co Sligo. Enniskillen and Manorhamilton are less than 25 minutes away. Sligo is 40 minutes away. Ballyshannon 35 minutes drive. From Ballyshannon you can experience the beauty of the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’. The drive both North and South is clearly signposted and brings you to the best views and beaches along the West coast of Ireland.
Before setting out and exploring the beauty and magic of our wonderful countryside, we recommend you to get a copy of the Lough MacNean Tourism Initiative, Visitor Map, you can get a copy in Clancy’s Supermarket in Glenfarne. It maps out the scenic drives, The Shannon Pot,The Kingfisher Cycle Trail, The Ulster Trail,forest walks, Megalithic Tombs, play areas, car-parks, the Sligo Leitrim & Northern Counties Railway line, the list is endless. The Map extends to places to visit and things to do on the Northern shores of Lough McNean and Co Fermanagh. For the cyclist, the walker, all the family this Map holds a treasure of information.
Here is a sample of places and events not on the Map but well worth a visit.
- Call into the new Showband Museum in the “Ballroom of Romance” in Glenfarne. There is a Heritage Bus Tour of Glenfarne – Kiltyclogher (lasting approx. 2.5 hours) every Saturday departing the Ballroom at 1pm. The Ballroom of Romance is the only genuine and original Ballroom of Romance.
- Visit Kiltyclogher Heritage Centre, Kiltyclogher, Co Leitrim. kiltyclogherheritagecentre.comThe Heritage Centre is open Tuesday -Saturday 10am-5pm. Admission is free. The Heritage Centre, houses an exhibition about the 1916 Proclamation signatory Seán MacDiarmada. The exhibition contains an audiovisual facility and interpretive panels, providing visitors with information about Seán MacDiarmada as well as the history of the locality.
The Heritage Centre is located in the former Court House building in the village. The main objectives of the Centre is to welcome visitors to Kiltyclogher and provide information about the history of the village with a particular focus on the Seán MacDiarmada legacy. It is open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am-4pm, and free to the public.
- This trip is a must because the view is breath taking. Visit Sean MacDiarmada’s home place at Cornmore, Kiltyclogher, Co Leitrim. Seán MacDiarmáda was a signatory of the Irish 1916 Proclamation of Independence and fought in the GPO during the Easter Rising. His home is maintained in it’s original form and is surrounded by breathtaking views of Co. Leitrim, Co, Cavan and Co. Fermanagh. The building is maintained in its original condition as a National Monument by the Office of Public Works. The cottage is of considerable historical significance being the only family home of any of the signatories of the Proclamation in existence. Sean MacDiarmada dubbed ‘the mind of the Revolution’, is now considered to have had a greater role in the Easter Rising than previously thought. His homestead and the new Heritage Centre promises to place Kiltyclogher at the heart of County Leitrim’s 1916 centenary commemorations. Directions: Take the road from Glenfarne to Kiltyclogher then approximately 4km take a left turn up to his house. There is a signpost at the junction and at the house.
- Visit the Organic Centre, Rossinver, Co Leitrim. While you are there include a visit to Fowley Falls. This is a beautiful newly developed walk and has a marked parking area.“>Website: theorganiccentre.ie
- Play a round of golf at the nearby Blacklion’s 9 hole Public Golf Club.
- The Marble Arch Caves in Co Fermanagh is on your doorstep. Website:blackliongolf.com
- Visit Manorhamilton Castle, Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim. This is a 17th century plantation castle. Personal guided tours conducted by the owners allow you to explore the view the Castle admission €5, booking in advance to Tony daly (086) 2502593 or email email@example.com.. All visits must be arranged in advance. Website: manorhamiltoncastle.ie
- Visit the famous Glencar Waterfall, off the N16 Road to Sligo. It is on the Leitrim/Sligo border, and beside Glencar Lake (well signposted).
- If you are including fishing on your holiday then you have come to the ideal location. There is a mooring area on this side of the lake. A fishing competition takes place in late October, just follow the link Home-Pike fishing in Ireland-Northern Region, Blacklion Angling Centre.Website: fishinginireland.info.
- Lough Melvin, Rossinver, Co Leitrim is less approximately 25 minutes away. Both these lakes are a fisherman’s paradise. Lough Melvin can be accessed by visiting Garrison, Co Fermanagh. Both Lough McNean and Lough Melvin have free public parking and top quality children play areas.
- The Ballroom of Romance, Glenfarne regularly features traditional dances, concerts and local events throughout the year. Nathan Carter has regularly featured in the ballroom.
- Kiltyclogher Community Centre stages a week of Drama during March every year,as part of the All Ireland Drama Festival Circuit. If you choose to visit during March check it out and you will be delighted with the quality and high standards of plays from Drama groups from all over the Country regularly going on to win top awards in Athlone.