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Ireland's Hidden Heartlands

Dive into Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands

Shannon Airport is your gateway to Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands – Ireland’s newest tourism region. You deserve to start your holiday the moment you arrive and we’re certain you’ll love the relaxed atmosphere at Shannon - no congestion and no hassle guaranteed!

In less than an hour of touching down, you could find yourself driving through beautiful undiscovered towns, villages and countryside. The region itself stretches from Co. Leitrim to Co. Limerick, encompassing areas within Clare, Westmeath, Cavan, North Tipperary, Galway, Offaly, Longford, and Roscommon.

Hidden beauty

Savour the scenery of picturesque waterside towns along the River Shannon, and explore tracks and trails throughout the Greenways or cruise along Lough Derg on a tranquil boat trip. It’s the hidden beauty of Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands that makes it special.

For example, you can explore the Cavan Burren Park, or hire a bicycle and cycle the Portumna Forest Park, soaking up the countryside and scenery as you do, stopping by award-winning restaurants as you do so.

For the more adventurous, discover all of what the waterways have to offer through kayaking in Roscommon on one of Ireland’s largest rivers and Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Killaloe - but don’t forget to enjoy a hearty meal at the Wooden Spoon afterwards!

Activities, Heritage, and more

Find yourself re-energized at Lough Key Forest and Activity Park, located in Boyle, Co Roscommon. And then wander around the forests, meeting the local wildlife, take part in a Segway tour at Rockingham Lawn and enjoy a picnic - why not?

And while you’re visiting the region, take a trip to one of many Equestrian Centres located in Roscommon, Athlone, and Clare. From there, you’ll have the opportunity to experience horseback riding through ancient Celtic trails. The Equestrian Centres cater for all levels including beginners.

Visit the Arigna Mining Experience centre, developed in the 1700’s and take a step back in time. The underground tour and visitor experience will inspire and intrigue you. Right throughout the region, you’ll find great food and drink in many places like the Old Barracks coffee bar in Birdhill, the Drumanilra Farm Kitchen, in Boyle, Roscommon, and so many more.

Whatever route you take through Ireland’s hidden heartlands, we’ll be here ready to welcome you back and see you home safely from Shannon Airport

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