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Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands Yours to Uncover

IRELAND'S HIDDEN HEARTLANDS


WITH ITS RICH MIX OF BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPES, RUGGED HILLS, SOFT BOGS, PEACEFUL LAKES AND VIBRANT TOWNSCAPES, WELCOME TO ONE OF THE MOST SURPRISING AND UNSPOILT PARTS OF IRELAND

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The water offers leisurely boat trips, water sports and great fishing, while numerous walks, cycle trails and pony trekking trails allow you to take in the views, or explore the rural heartlands and small villages in this quiet, relaxing part of the country.

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HISTORICAL ATTRACTIONS

Historical attractions such as the monastic settlement of Clonmacnoise where the last two O’Conor High Kings are buried. Roscommon castle, Roscommon Abbey and Boyle Abbey.

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LOUGH KEY FOREST PARK

Has lots of activities to keep you busy: ziplining, play kingdom, walking and cycling trails, bike trail, woodland Segway, safari, orienteering, Boda Borg and boat tours.

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THE SHED DISTILLERY

This fully-immersive experience, which includes tastings, invites guests on a journey behind the first whiskey distilled in Connacht in over 105 years, and learn how Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin is slow distilled by hand.

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ARIGNA MINING EXPERIENCE

Is located in a beautiful scenic location overlooking Lough Allen. The centre is a community-inspired initiative that preserves the 400-year coal mining heritage of this area and allows visitors an insight into coal mining life as it was in the Arigna Valley for centuries.

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ATHLONE CASTLE

The thirteenth century Athlone castle is a heritage attraction on the banks of the River Shannon. The castle's keep is a national monument and the visitor centre brings to life the stories of the town and its people from ancient through to modern times.

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BAYSPORTS

Baysports, just outside Athlone, is a great spot for families with its inflatable water park, kayak tours, rafting, pedalos, dragon boat racing and sailing. It also holds the Guinness World Record for the largest floating slide in the country.

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RATHCROGHAN VISITOR CENTRE

Rathcroghan Visitor Centre interprets the rich archaeology and mythology of a prehistoric royal site, which was home to the fearsome Iron Age warrior queen Medb (Maeve), and starting place for the Táin Bó Cúailnge (Cattle Raid of Cooley), the oldest vernacular epic in European Literature.

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ROSCOMMON EQUESTRIAN CENTRE

Ideally located near the scenic Lough Ree the Kelly family have run Roscommon Equestrian Centre, located between Roscommon town and Lanesboro village since 2003. It is a popular destination with everything you could need for a truly enjoyable riding experience.

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STROKESTOWN PARK HOUSE

Not to be missed is the National Famine Museum & Strokestown Park, which draws on original documents and images relating to the Great Famine of the 1840s. Their collection includes actual letters written by the tenants on the Strokestown Estate at the time of the famine. Make sure to have walk through the historic gardens and woodland

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ELECTRIC BIKE TRAILS

Cycling for the whole family at Lough O’Flynn, the Boyle to Lough Key cycleway and the traffic-free Shannon Blueway in Leitrim with Electric Bike Trails

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KING HOUSE

Is a magnificently restored Georgian mansion located in Boyle, Co. Roscommon. Built in 1730 by the King family, the house later became a military barracks for the famous Irish regiment of the British army, the Connaught Rangers. The house is open to the public as a museum bringing its history to life.

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GLENDEER PET FARM

Glendeer has something for every age including cuddly, cheeky animals, playgrounds, fairy trail, traditional farm cottage and lots more! There are plenty of facilities under cover so it is an enjoyable day out rain or shine!

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UNCOVER CARRICK ON SHANNON AND BEYOND

Intriguing castles, lakeside trails and endless blueways–the delights around Lough Allen are yours to uncover.

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UNCOVER ATHLONE

The number of heritage and cultural sites dotted around Athlone as well as the beauty of its waterways keep visitors coming back to this historic town.

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