Ireland's Hidden Heartlands is close to all the main cities of Ireland; yet feels far away from it all. Dip your toe into the not only the lakes of this region but also the culture, immense historical significance and, most importantly, the spectacular nature on offer.
Take to the shores of Lough Derg dotted with picturesque villages, the chance to unwind on a spectacular boat trip and soak up all the area has to offer. 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. The legendary lake kisses the sides of Clare, Galway and Tipperary before it spills into the Shannon, so it's easy to find a solitary spot to lap up the quiet, cast out a line, or unbuckle your picnic basket for a lazy lunch.
This is Ireland's Hidden Heartlands and the key to it all is the Shannon itself. For millennia it has been the traditional boundary between 'the West' and the rest of Ireland. The waterways of Ireland's midlands aren't always the most obvious choice for tourists, and that's part of their enduring charm. You may be only 90 minutes from the country's main cities, but once you connect to the serene and scenic network of lakes and rivers, you could be a million miles away.
Rural roads wind their way around stone-walled pastures, bogs and woodlands, historic towns, and seat of Ireland's most notorious High King - all this and more awaits around spectacular Lough Derg.
The lakeshore is dotted with picturesque villages offering boat hire, mooring and leisure facilities and an excellent variety of restaurants and pubs, many with live traditional music sessions. Whatever you choose, a visit to the magical Lough Derg will leave you relaxed, inspired and re-energised!
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