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24 Hours in Carrick-on-Shannon

Carrick-on-Shannon is a must stop over the Easter Break, whether you’re looking for a day trip or to break up the long drive to the Wild Atlantic Way!

Here’s our suggested itinerary for a memorable 24 hours in and around the town. Are we missing anything? What are your top tips? Let us know in the comments!


Drop your bags off at your accommodation– there are so many great and affordable options for groups, families and more.  Check out some favourites here.


Visit Honestly Kitchen for lunch – we are Ireland’s first and only Organic Burger Drive Thru, with a relaxed restaurant at the Rosebank Retail Park, less than 15-minute walk (or 3 min drive) from the centre of town. Family owned and operated; we serve ingredients from our own organic farm which is just 20 minutes outside of town. Delicious burgers, salads, great coffee, and cakes. There is even a farm shop in store where you can stock up on fresh organic breads, meats and treats for your onward journey.  

Visit for details! 

Dine in or enjoy your meal as a picnic along the River Shannon, the Riverfront Amenity Park is a wonderful pocket of peace in the middle of town. Check out the Little Library (bring a book to swap!) and let the kids explore the fairy nooks along the way.  


Jump on the Moon River Cruise. One-hour cruises leave at 3pm daily. Tickets are €17 for an adult, €7 for a child, €15 for seniors and kids under three go free! Take in the sights and sounds of Ireland’s longest river with great guides and live music! This is an all-weather cruise thanks to a fully enclosed and heated boat. Be there at least 20 minutes before 3pm departure and book your tickets online (they fill up!) 


Soak up some culture! There are lots of options – here are our top picks in the middle of town:  

Visit the smallest church in Europe and the second smallest in the world, the Costello Memorial Chapel! 

carrick-on-shannon small church

Can you spot Europe’s smallest church?

Check out an exhibition or a show at The Dock Arts Centre 

While you’re there, visit the Leitrim Design House, an award-winning showroom for contemporary design, gifts and more.


Grab dinner in one of Carrick-on-Shannon’s great local eateries. The Oarsman is a must try, as well as Buffalo Boy and lots more – inspiration here.


Head for a Live Music Session in Cryans. Head to this cosy pub for a proper session. Local musicians, a great buzz, and good Guinness!


Have a lie in (if the kids allow it), then back to Honestly for a hearty breakfast the whole family will love. From a full Irish with our own free range sausages and bacon, to a vegan “Gardeners Full Irish”, and the star of the show for the kids is always the pancakes – stacked pancakes topped with maple syrup, berries, yogurt, bacon – whatever you fancy! 


On your way out of Carrick, heading towards Sligo, stop by Lough Key Forest Park for a round of Zip-Lining – that’ll get the adrenaline pumping and give the kids something to talk about!  

Whatever you decide to do in Carrick-on-Shannon, we hope you enjoy our hidden gem of a town. Please be respectful and leave only footsteps!  





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