If you are wanting to sample some of Ireland’s beautiful scenery and countryside then you need to take a walk through a glen. In my A-Z of things to See in Ireland G stands for Glen. These narrow valleys are common in ‘drumlin’ country where ice sheets carved out these valleys surrounded by distinctive whale shaped hills. In Leitrim you are spoiled for choice since there are seven glens of Leitrim.
North Leitrim is probably the best place for walking and seeing glens. As well as the glens there are also lakes and waterfalls. These glens centre around the town of Manorhamilton, a pleasant place of around 2,000 souls that supports a community centre, Scuplture Centre and theatre venue The Glens Centre. A vibrant artistic community has clustered around this town. There is also a weekly Farmers Market at the Bee Park where the many organic growers, inspired by the local Organic Centre, sell their produce.
Glens, apart from being very beautiful things to see in Ireland, also offer the possibility of walks and leisurely driving tours along the byways of Ireland. The Holey Soles Walking Group, based in Manorhamilton, runs a hillwalking weekend each year, usually over the Easter weekend. The allows visitors to have skilled local guides to take groups and access private land usually out of bounds to the casual tourist.