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Where to Stay at Ballyconnell

Where to Stay

Scratch the surface of the Shannon-Erne Waterway and you’ll find a wealth of great places to stay.

A pretty village with a lively pub, a gracious and historic estate filled with ancient woods and an abundance of wildlife, a lakeside retreat with a side order of Americana, the Shannon-Erne Waterway offers a real variety when it comes to places to stay. Retreat to a five-star hotel with a huge pool, stay in a friendly B&B on a real farm or opt for a self-catering spot where you can boat by day and relax by night.

Battlebridge Glamping
Camping goes upscale at Battlebridge with great glamping units that overlook the sylvan green fields of County Leitrim. Each glamping unit sleeps four, while there are stilted cabins that cater for two adults and four children. There is also traditional camping and caravanning here, too. What makes this place stand out is its location – right beside the Lough Allen canal, it’s only a short drive to the treasures of the Shannon-Erne. 

Crom Holiday Cottages, Crom Estate
Waking up on Crom Estate feels totally magical – and here, just a stone’s throw from both the Old Castle ruins and the water, are cottages that wrap you up in total cosiness. Excellent walks amongst the estate’s beautiful woods roll out from here, and you’re surrounded with sheer natural beauty at all times from lake islands to a wealth of wildlife. Managed by the National Trust, the cottages are simple, rustic and traditional and in the past were used to house the farm workers on the estate. Fancy getting more in touch with the great outdoors? Well, there’s a campsite and glamping pods here, too – perfect for families. 

Dromcoura Lake Resort
The Lake Resort and Equestrian Centre of Dromcoura is well known locally for its fun Country Music and Americana Festival that’s held here every June Bank Holiday weekend. But it’s also a great place to stay. Many of the beautiful timber-framed chalets are privately owned but are rented out when they’re not in use, and there are also 10 pods that sleep two people for rent. On site, you can expect beautiful lake views, a western style saloon, a western riding centre, tennis court and a jetty for angling. 

Leitrim Quay
If you can’t decide between a holiday on land or on a cruiser, then Leitrim Quay might have the answer. Each of the nine self-catering cottages here comes with its own cruiser – perfect for idyllic days out on the lakes and rivers of the Shannon-Erne. Located in scenic Leitrim Village, the cottages are also perfect for accessing the walks and cycle trails of the Shannon-Erne Blueway and the Electric Bike Trails company, which rents out electric bikes, is right on your doorstep, too. 

Slieve Russell
The stand-out hotel in the area has got to be the Slieve Russell, a vast and pristine property with an acclaimed golf course attached. Here you’ll find a swimming pool, spa, tennis courts and beautiful grounds, as well as spacious rooms, two restaurants and a bar. Location-wise, it’s well placed just outside Ballyconnell, and makes a great base for visiting Belturbet, Crom and the Marble Arch Caves Geopark. 

Kingfisher Holiday Homes
If you’re looking for a place to stay in the Belturbet area, the Kingfisher Holiday Home are a great place to start. From little cottages on the shores of Lough Erne to a luxurious riverside apartment, Kingfisher makes sure you’re as close to the water as it’s possible to get. For something a little different, why not try the Station Master House, which harks back to the town’s golden railway age and boasts two bedrooms named after the area’s famous steam engines, Lady Edith and Kathleen. kingfisherholidayhomes.com

Seven Horseshoes Hotel
A small hotel with a very friendly atmosphere, the Seven Horseshoes has got all the right ingredients for a great weekend stay: a buzzing old traditional bar, a bustling restaurant and spacious rooms boasting views of the River Erne. It’s a popular choice with golfers owing to the nearby golf courses at Belturbet, Slieve Russell and Farnham Estate, while anglers are well served with some of the best coarse fishing in Ireland right on the doorstep. thesevenhorseshoes.com

International Fishing Centre
This fishing centre on the shores of Lough Erne is justifiably popular with anglers on a mission to enjoy the some of the best coarse fishing on the island of Ireland. The Erne, Woodford and Finn Rivers and lakes in the area are well known for being abundant sources for pike, bream and roach, making the area a go-to for anglers in-the-know. As well as great facilities available on the premises, including drying facilities and boat hire, the fishing centre is also a good place to stay with cottages and Norwegian-style log cabins available. 

If you like the sound of a B&B set within beautiful countryside with great breakfasts and friendly locals, you’ve come to the right place. Check out the spacious Dungimmon House (dungimmonhouse.ie) just outside Ballyconnell, the delightful Glenview House (glenview-house.com) near Ballinamore and Riversdale Farm B&B (riversdaleholidays.com) also near Ballinamore. Riversdale is a particularly popular spot that, unusually for a B&B, boasts both a gym and a pool.  

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