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  • 90 mins Dublin – Athlone
  • 45 mins Shannon – Killaloe
  • 2 hrs Dublin – Carrick on Shannon

Explore The Region

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.

Pedal, walk, float or paddle along the tranquil tracks and waterways of this picturesque region – less than 2 hour from all of Ireland’s major cities.

Use our map to start planning your holiday now.

Ireland's Hidden Heartlands – yours to uncover!

Plan Your Trip

It’s finally time to explore again, here’s how to stay safe this summer while travelling in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands. The gentle shrug of water across the surface of Lough Derg makes you want to put down anchor and just float for a few hours. This is Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands and the key to it all is the Shannon itself. Intriguing castles, lakeside trails, endless blueways and charming towns. The northern delights of Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands are yours to uncover with this ready-made 48-hour itinerary.
It’s finally time to explore again, here’s how to stay safe this summer while travelling in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands. The gentle shrug of water across the surface of Lough Derg makes you want to put down anchor and just float for a few hours. This is Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands and the key to it all is the Shannon itself. Intriguing castles, lakeside trails, endless blueways and charming towns. The northern delights of Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands are yours to uncover with this ready-made 48-hour itinerary.

Things To Do

Before you set out on your journey, discover what businesses are doing to ensure you have the safest break possible. Relax into the peaceful rhythm, and stunning landscapes of the Shannon River and lakes with these four short self-drive cruises. Follow in the footsteps of Watson the Adventure Dog and uncover pet-friendly places along the beautiful lakes of Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands.  With its picture postcard scenery along the River 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 Shannon’s Waterways, where you can fish, swim, sail, and cruise. There are many ways to experience all that Ireland's Hidden Heartlands has to offer, but perhaps the most satisfying is to do so is on foot. Tap into the relaxed rhythm of the beautiful and surprising Ireland's Hidden Heartlands with 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.

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