Sightseeing

 

Riverhaven is situated in an area of outstanding beauty on the South Eastern shore of Lough Key, beneath the Curlew mountains and only a 10 minute drive from the foothills of the Arigna mountains.  The unspoilt countryside, rolling hills and patchwork of small fields is unique to the surrounds of Riverhaven.  Riverhaven Log Cabins are an ideal location as a base for touring and sightseeing.  There are many sightseeing options on the Arigna mountains and valleys below.  Lakes, rivers, forests and farmlands can be seen by driving along the mountain top which was once an important coal mining area.  Happily, coal mining is now presented in a memorable and authentic way for visitors to experience at the Arigna Mining Experience overlooking Arigna village.  Sights of Leitrim, Roscommon and Longford can be seen from this spectacular location, just 10 minutes drive from the cabins at Riverhaven.

 

Information packs on activities, attractions and sightseeing options are provided in each of the Riverhaven Log Cabins.  In addition to this the Burke family have extensive knowledge of the best sightseeing places both near and far and they will happily plan sightseeing day trips for visitors if requested.  A typical sightseeing day trip would begin along the Northern shores of Lough Key with it’s majestic islands and panoramic views as you travel along by the Rock of Doon with views of the Castle Island, Trinity Island, Church Island and many more throughout the lake.  Travelling North for 20 km you can enjoy views of Lough Arrow to the North and to the West spectacular views of the Bricklieve monutains with it’s numerous megalithic tombs dotted against the skyline as you head towards Sligo.  In Castlebaldwin a signpost pointing  left and directing you to “passage graves” will take you to the top of the Bricklieves, with a little walking.  This is a sightseeing experience not to be missed.  On a clear day at least 5 counties can be seen from the top including beautiful views over Lough Key, Lough Arrow, Lough Gara and Benbulben and the supposed burial place of Queen Maeve at Knocknarea in the beautiful Sligo bay. 

Heading towards Sligo the popular tourist attraction of Strandhill is bypassed by the main road.  A quick trip to this beautiful small seaside resort is recommended where a bowl of chowder can be enjoyed while watching the surfers display their skills.  Also in Sligo bay is the seaside village of Rosses point, which is renowned for its 18 hole championship golf course.  

Just beyond Sligo in the small village of Drumcliff is the grave of the famous poet W.B. Yeats and heading further North towards Donegal the village of Mullaghmore hugs the wild atlantic coastline and the coast road climbs and decends the cliff face providing for breathtaking sea views.  The coast road weaves it’s way North towards Donegal and the rugged landscapes are dotted with flocks of sheep, which are commonly regarded as the best weather forecasters as they graze the higher slopes in fine weather and gravitate towards the foothills as rain draws near.  If you travel further North West along the coast past Donegal town you will arrive at “Sliabh Leigh” and will have the opportunity to walk along the “one man pass” overlooking the amazing “Giant’s Desk and Chair” which is prominently placed in the bay below.

All of this enjoyable scenery is within a leisurely 2  - 2.5 hours drive of your peaceful cabin at Riverhaven and on the return trip home you may chose to visit the beautiful Lough Gill to see the “Lake Isle of Innisfree” which sparked such emphatic emotion within W.B. Yeats.  Another short detour from the road home will also take you to the famous Glencar waterfall which is truly a beautiful sight to behold.

Other sightseeing trips from Riverhaven could include a day trip to Achill Island, Clew Bay, the Fejord at Killary Bay, Connemara, The Ceide Fields, Galway city, The Cliffs of Moher or beyond.  If you require any information on sightseeing while staying at Riverhaven we will be happy to help you plan your trip.