ireland's hidden heartlands

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Take a journey into the unknown and uncover the very heartbeat of Ireland. Ireland's Hidden Heartlands has its own beat, its own vibrant pace. It's a place where you can find your own rhythm.

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Tap into the relaxed rhythm of Ireland's Hidden Heartlands to uncover unexplored tracks and trails, beguiling Blueways, exciting waterside towns and picturesque rural villages.

Whether it's an on-the-water adventure along the iconic River Shannon, a tranquil river cruise through breath-taking Lough Derg, or a journey through heritage and history in the bustling town of Athlone, there's plenty to see & do. Take inspiration from our itineraries to discover enriching experiences that will leave you intrigued, inspired, relaxed and re-energised! Ireland's Hidden Heartlands encompasses Leitrim, Roscommon and Longford as well as parts of Clare, Westmeath, Cavan, North Tipperary, Galway, and Offaly.

Use our map to start exploring and plan your short break now. Ireland's Hidden Heartlands – Yours to Uncover!

itineraries

If you're looking for a staycation, you'll struggle to find better than Carrick-on-Shannon. With its stunning views, cruising, bustling atmosphere, and award-winning restaurants, Carrick-on-Shannon offers something for everyone. Carrick-on-Shannon has it – so here's how to spend 48 hours in the Leitrim town. Athlone is at the centre – and heart – of Ireland. A former garrison town, it's rich with heritage and history – making it the perfect location for a two-day getaway. From castles to walking tours and great food galore, here's everything you should eat, do, and explore in 48 hours. Loaded with natural charm, Lough Derg offers stunning views, water sports, scenic walking trails, and 90+ heritage sites. Explore during the day and settle into an evening of fine dining, lively pubs, and eclectic history. An amazing place to spend 2 fun-filled days and nights.
If you're looking for a staycation, you'll struggle to find better than Carrick-on-Shannon. With its stunning views, cruising, bustling atmosphere, and award-winning restaurants, Carrick-on-Shannon offers something for everyone. Carrick-on-Shannon has it – so here's how to spend 48 hours in the Leitrim town. Athlone is at the centre – and heart – of Ireland. A former garrison town, it's rich with heritage and history – making it the perfect location for a two-day getaway. From castles to walking tours and great food galore, here's everything you should eat, do, and explore in 48 hours. Loaded with natural charm, Lough Derg offers stunning views, water sports, scenic walking trails, and 90+ heritage sites. Explore during the day and settle into an evening of fine dining, lively pubs, and eclectic history. An amazing place to spend 2 fun-filled days and nights.

see & do

With its picture postcard scenery and proximity to the Shannon, Ireland's Hidden Heartlands has staked its claim as a prime spot for a relaxing getaway. Looking for activities to do in Ireland's Hidden Heartlands? Look no further than the Shannon Waterways, where you can fish, swim, sail, and cruise. Leave behind the traffic and the targets and tap into the relaxed rhythm of Ireland's Hidden Heartlands. Here are our top 10 suggestions to find peace and quiet. Looking for gorgeous food in Ireland's Hidden Heartlands? From coffee to artisanal eats, these foodie delights aren't to be missed. There are many ways to experience everything that Ireland's Hidden Heartlands has to offer, but perhaps the most satisfying is to do so on foot.