About Ireland's Hidden Heartlands

Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands is at the very heart of Ireland, a blend of land and water trails, secret spots, and undiscovered gems, a place of warmth and charm.

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.

Like all the best surprises, Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands is off the beaten track, yet right under your nose, the perfect place for your next short break in Ireland.

Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands and its rural communities are as far from fast-paced living as you can get, yet right on your doorstep, often an hour’s drive, or less, away.

Stretching from Leitrim down to East Clare the verdant green fields of Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands meander through Roscommon, Longford, East Galway, as well as parts of Cavan, Westmeath, North Tipperary and Offaly.

Uncovering Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands

Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands website is the official tourism information source and is operated by Fáilte Ireland, the National Tourism Development Authority.

Throughout the site you can uncover hidden treasures across the heart of Ireland and Plan Your Trip with our inspiring itineraries and Things to Do.

You can use the site to easily plan your trip and explore the region with our interactive map and lots of information to inspire your visit.

Showcased by the iconic River Shannon and the Beara-Breifne Way, the Heartlands invite you to be ‘active in nature’ through a range of activities across Greenways and Blueways including walking, cruising, cycling, and fishing.

Follow the flow of the River as it ambles towards the Atlantic Ocean and explore the many lakes that have held on to their mysteries for centuries.

Uncover the charm of Carrick-on-Shannon or vibrant Athlone and cruise at your leisure through the expansive waters including the magnificent Lough Derg. Moor at a quiet spot and tap into the relaxed rhythm of the beguiling Blueways and exciting waterside towns.

Try a section of the Beara-Breifne Way, Ireland’s longest inland walking and cycling trail, or uncover one of the many other hiking trails in this quiet, timeless place.

If you don’t know where to start, try out the top ten things to do in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands.

Explore the endless ways to get closer to nature and discover enriching experiences that will stay with you for life.

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