Explore the green heartlands of Ireland’s natural beauty, where activity and relaxation are centred on rural communities. The Hidden Heartlands lifestyle can be discovered across a lattice work of land and water trails, showcased by the iconic River Shannon and the Beara Breifne Way.

There's an infinite variety of things to do for all ages along the length of the Shannon, by the many beautiful lakes in the area or along the many quiet rural byways that criss-cross this picturesque part of Ireland.

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 heartlands and small villages in this quiet, relaxing part of the country. 

Sunrise and sunset are the two most magical times of the day, especially when you are right in the heart of Ireland. They provided the perfect book ends to nature-filled days on Watson the Adventure Dog’s mini-break through Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands.

Read on for some of the must-see sites and activities Watson discovered through Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands and plan your own unforgettable getaway with your dog in this region full of hidden gems.

Paddling the River Shannon

Portumna Castle & Gardens

Lough Ree, Lanesborough, Co. Longford

Portlick Millenium Forest, Co. Westmeath

Saint’s Island, Lough Ree, Co. Longford

Glencar Lough and Waterfall, Co. Leitrim

Cavan Burren Park, Co. Cavan

 

To name but a few of the many glorious things you can do. For more details, visit the Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands - https://www.irelandshiddenheartlands.discoverireland.ie/