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Map of Shannon Erne water way from Leitrim to Lough ErneShannon Erne Waterway

We are fortunate to look out from our B&B onto the Shannon Erne waterway which drifts by on its way from Leitrim Village to Lough Erne connecting two magnificent waterways, the Shannon and the Erne.

After decades of neglect and abandonment, the Shannon-Erne Waterway was restored and reopened in 1994, opening up once again a stretch of waterway and tranquil countryside that few had ever seen. It is one of Ireland's key stretches of navigatable water and is made up of part river, lake and still water canal. There are 16 locks along its 63km length, all operated electronically by smart card as it flows from Upper Lough Erne just North of Belturbet to the Shannon by Leitrim Village..

Like everywhere on Ireland's waterways you'll find a range of different activites and events. Towns along the route such as Ballinamore & Ballyconnell have a whole host of festivals and activites focussing on Leitrim & Cavans rich and varied history. Like other waterways there are boat rallies and gatherings in May and August. In Drumshanbo, An Tostal - a cultural festival portrays Irish tradition and Joe Mooney festival, the best of Irish music. There is also a ten day summer family festival in Belturbet and, for something quite different, Ballinamore hosts a Writer's Week.

Holiday boat cruising on Leitrim waterway close to our bed and breakfastBut the Shannon Erne waterway is not just about boating, There are loads of walking and cycling trails running alongside giving a great opportunity to explore the hidden gems of Ireland, whilst all the time keeping an eye out for Irelands myriad of wildlife, swans a certainty and otters always possible for the eagle eyed.
Anglers are spoilt for choice as fishing spots are numerous throughout the Leitrim Cavan waterway as they are on the surrounding unconnected lakes, of which there are too many to mention. The nearby towns of Carrick on Shannon and Belturbet both have Rowing clubs and host regular annual reggatas. Carrick hosts one of Irelands oldest regattas. Through out the waterway there are many slipways, ideal launching pads for the many canoeists making use of the waterway.

Whatever your reason for visiting these shores, and there are many, a holiday spent by the waterways of Leitrim and Cavan offers an experience that includes amongst other things, Castles, churches and dolmens, some of which date back hundreds of years. Towns and villages catering for shopping enthusiasts, food and drink, all of which offer an enjoyable day out or a lively evening in. With certainty, the tranquility and pace of life amidst some of Irelands most enjoyable landscapes delivers an unrivaled delightful experience.


One thing for sure is, whatever you decide to do, whenever you decide to come , we can assure you of a hearty welcome at our B&B in the beautiful Leitrim countryside. Allowing you to stay rural yet remain local, to the many interesting towns, villages and sights that grace this great waterway...