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Discover the freedom of Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands

Discover meandering waters, steel grey lakes, stunning countryside and sleepy quayside towns throughout Ireland’s Lakelands region. Stretching from Belleek, County Fermanagh in the north to County Limerick in the south, cruise your own course - and discover freedom.

With on-the-water breaks perfect for cruising, and angling. To the beautiful, welcoming waterside towns packed with plenty of activities where a wealth of historical and traditional culture waits to be explored on land.

Experience the wealth of activities the Lakelands region has to offer, both on and off the water.

Discover any of the four route sections of Ireland’s Lakelands Region - Lough DergLough Ree and Mid ShannonUpper Lakelands and Lough Erne.

Lough Derg

Covering 32,000 acres of waterway, Ireland’s third largest lake is nestled between the counties of ClareTipperary and Galway.

Stretching from Portumna, Co. Galway at its northern tip to Killaloe and Ballina in the south, visitors can explore beautiful countryside and wonderful waters perfect for many activities.

Highlights of the area include - The East Clare Way, a 172km circular walking route, the Brian Ború Heritage Centre discover the history of the birth place of High Kind of Ireland.

 Lough Ree & Mid Shannon

The Lough Ree and Mid Shannon area is the ideal location for the perfect holiday. Steeped in heritage, with bustling towns and villages perfect for shopping with a vibrant cultural life.

Stretching across the five counties of LongfordWestmeath and Offaly on the eastern side to counties Galway and Roscommon on the west. 

Lough Ree – ‘the lake of the Kings’ is situated in the geographical centre of Ireland and is one of the Shannon three main lakes.

Highlights of the area include the waterways metropolis of Athlone a bustling town home to Athlone Castle and Visitor Centre.  Or try something a bit different and learn about the art of artisan craft whiskey making at the Tullamore D.E.W Visitor Centre.

Upper Lakelands

The Upper Lakelands features many spectacular lakes, canals and rivers throughout counties LeitrimRoscommonCavan and Monaghan.

The two major lakes of Lough Allen and Lough Key are in the northernmost part of the River Shannon, although only 9 kilometres apart they are completely different in character.

With Lough Key to the west boasting stunning countryside scenery, set amongst farms, forest and rolling hills. Lough Allen in contrast is an expansive sheet of water between the heights of the Arigna Mountains to the west and Sliabh an Iarainn, the Iron Mountain to east.

Highlights of the area include, Lough Key Forest Park a perfect adventure for the full family featuring 350 hectares of missed woodland to discover with activities including the tree canopy trail and the Boda Borg Challenge. Or take a journey through of Ireland’s national history at the Arigna Mining Experience.

Lough Erne

From Belturbet to Belleek, Lough Erne offers a wide variety of experiences for visitors. Once a trade route for the Vikings, the region wanders through counties LongfordCavanMonaghan stretching up to Fermanagh in the North.

A truly an unspoilt paradise with a varied landscape with magnificent mountain scenery perfect for boating enthusiasts, anglers and watersports fanatics.

On the shores of Lough Erne you’ll find a world of entertainment awaits you

in the many towns and villages along your route. In Enniskillen the natural hub of the region, the local theatre even has its own mooring just metres from the door.

Highlights of the area include, the Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre home to the world famous Belleek Fine Parian china, or travel through time Devenish Island Monastic Site founded in the 6th century.


Whatever route you choose throughout Ireland’s Hidden Heartslands region our range of self-catering accommodation properties are perfectly located to explore the region by land or water. Just search our amazing range of lakeshore self-catering houses, cottages and lodges to discover freedom in any of the four routes of Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands.