The small town of Drumshanbo, County Leitrim, Ireland, is located in the north of Ireland, bordering Northern Ireland. It is the smallest county by population in Ireland; Drumshanbo, with as few as nine hundred inhabitants, is the fifth-biggest town. The biggest tourist attraction is the nature surrounding Drumshanbo. It is located in the heart of the County Leitrim and offers an authentic scenic area with woodlands and lakes for enthusiastic hikers and nature lovers. The climate is mild and wet. The maximum temperatures reach around eighteen degrees Celsius in summer and thirteen to sixteen degrees in spring and autumn. So weatherproof clothing is necessary when you go for a hike. In the town centre you will find the visitors' centre Sliabh an Iarainn (in English “mountain of the iron"), where you can find useful information on the well-known hill Sliabh an Iarainn, which was shaped by ice age glaciers. In summer, the town is host of some regional festivals that can be visited. Several restaurants and pubs in town offer not only typical Irish cuisine but also international dishes.
Your options for Drumshanbo, County Leitrim, Ireland hostels are limited, but there some hostels close by Drumshanbo. Generally, the hostels in the area have reasonable prices for tourists on tight budget. In summer time, these accommodations can be busy and therefore you could have problems to find a place to stay, if you do not book in advance. However, if you want to stay in the area and you have a car, there are additional hostels and other budget places in nearby Carrick-on-Shannon.
Every July, a week long festival of traditional Irish songs, dances and music takes place in Drumshanbo. The Joe Mooney Summer School attracts Irish music lovers from all over the world. The town also hosts the An Tóstal, a summerly festival for Irish culture and music that is the last one of its kinds in Ireland. A couple of pubs, cafes, and restaurants wait for hungry and thirsty travelers who enjoy cosy evenings. Since the town is quite small, all premises can be reached and explored by foot. The Sliabh an Iarainn Visitor Centre in the centre of the town provides audio-visual displays on the Argina and Sliabh an Iarainn mountains region. It informs about the history, the transport, and the industry in the area. Hikers especially will enjoy the several loop walks leading through authentic nature nearby. In addition, Lough Allein is a must-see in the area.
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