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Ireland's Hidden Heartlands Getaway

Posted on: Sat, 09 January, 2021

In this week’s #GoAnywhere blog we have compiled a list of things to do in each county in the Hidden Heartlands. We have also included a nearby hotel to stay in while exploring the counties.

The Hidden Heartlands are full of interesting places to visit and fun things to do!

 

 

Cavan - Slieve Russell Hotel

 

Cavan Adventure Centre - Only a 20-minute drive from the hotel, this is the perfect place to go for a family day out! There are so many activities to take part in from archery, to canoeing or kayaking, canoe polo and so much more. Something for everyone to enjoy!

 

Tullydermot Falls - Tullydermot Falls is a marvellous waterfall situated under the shadow of Cuilcagh Mountain. It is a mere 20-minute drive away from Slieve Russell. The waters are saturated with small brown trout, which is ideal for an eager angler.

 

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Leitrim - The Landmark Hotel

 

Acres Lake Boardwalk - 15 minutes away from the Landmark Hotel is Ireland’s first floating boardwalk. The 600m boardwalk in the picturesque village of Drumshanbo is the start of a 6.5km linear walking and cycling trail along the Shannon Blueway. The spectacular scenery at Acres Lake make it a perfect spot for a picnic and to take in the peace and tranquillity.

 

Aura Outdoor Pool - 15 minutes away is a rare attraction for Ireland - an outdoor pool! It is the perfect place to get a swim in on a warm day and experience the feel of an outdoor swimming pool in Ireland.

 

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Longford - The Longford Arms Hotel

 

Granard Motte & Bailey - Situated just 25 minutes away from the Longford Arms Hotel lies one of the best examples of an Anglo-Norman fortification in the country. Standing 534ft above sea level, it is reputed to be the highest motte in Ireland. This is the perfect place to learn about the history of the Normans in Ireland. 

 

Midland Karting & Paintball - Located only 20 minutes from the hotel Midland Karting is for you if you’re looking for a fun day out for the family or a group of friends. Located alongside the track in the 17 acres of natural forestry is their paintball arena, Midland Paintball.

 

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Offaly - The County Arms Hotel

 

Birr Castle - A 20-minute walk brings you to the 850-year-old Birr Castle and Garden. The award-winning gardens are full of rare trees and flowers and wonderful wildlife. You can take walks along the peaceful rivers and the lake on-site. 

 

Lough Boora Discovery Park - 20 minutes away from the County Arms Hotel is the discovery park with fun activities and walking trails for the whole family. There are cycling and walking trails, a fairy trail, angling, bird watching and a sculpture garden.

 

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Roscommon - Kilronan Castle Estate

 

Lough Key Forest & Activity Park - 20 minutes away is a park full of adventure and fun. You can take part in the ziplining, electric bike trails, segway trails, woodland safari or kayaking! There is something here for the whole family.

 

Rathcroghan Visitor Centre - Experience Rathcroghan’s rich archaeology, mythology and history through our interpretive rooms and expertly guided tours which is only 35 minutes away. It boasts over 240 identified archaeological sites, spanning a staggering period of over 5,500 years of human history.

 

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Tipperary - Cahir House Hotel

 

Swiss Cottage -  Less than 10 minutes from Cahir House Hotel is a cottage orné – a fanciful realisation of an idealised countryside cottage. You can take a self-guided tour of the grounds and the cottage.

 

Cahir Castle - Cahir Castle is one of Ireland’s largest and best-preserved castles built in the thirteenth century. It stands proudly on a rocky island on the River Suir and is worth a visit.

 

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Westmeath - Radisson Blu

  

Viking Tours - Get on board to hear about Viking hoards, high kings, big battles and saintly scholars while enjoying the natural beauty and rich wildlife that exists around every corner. It begins only a short walk away from the hotel.

 

Old Rail Trail -  The start of this trail is conveniently situated within a 10-minute walk from the hotel. This is a must-cycle for anyone who likes getting out on their bike. With lots of entry and exit points, you can hop on and off to explore the villages and attractions along the way. 

 

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Travelling around the Hidden Heartlands has never been easier. With a list of hotels and activities, you’ll never have a dull moment! Take your staycation now and explore Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands! 

 

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