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Here's five options to explore the Lakelands:
Island-dotted lakes, riverside restaurants, majestic castles, water sports adventures, experiences off-the-beaten track and warm welcomes await you in the Lakelands. Discover the Upper Lakelands: More undiscovered corners of Ireland lie in the Upper Lakelands counties of Monaghan, Cavan, Leitrim and Roscommon. Linking drumlin-strewn landscapes, forest walks and bustling market towns is a string of 400 lakes, including Lough Key and Lough Allen, along with a multitude of rivers. Cruise the waters of Lough Ree & Mid Shannon: The Royal and Grand Canal systems stretch across the central Lakelands region of the five counties of Longford, Westmeath, Offaly, Galway and Roscommon. Lough Ree, 32km in length, lies in the geographical centre of Ireland and the now-navigable River Suck section is another tributary to explore. Splash Out in Lough Derg: Surrounded by rolling farmland and wooded hillsides, Lough Derg (known as ‘Ireland’s Pleasure Lake’) covers 32,000 acres of spectacular waterway which provides the perfect playground for water sports enthusiasts and boating lovers of all kinds. Find out more at www.discoverireland.ie/lakelands
The Lakelands "TO DO" List:
1) Shannon Erne Tour (red route) Taking in Carrick-on-Shannon, Ballinamore, Carrigallen, Dromod, Jamestown and returning to Carrick-On-Shannon. A distance of 92km (58 miles), approximately. Carrick-on-Shannon the cruising capital and an historic town, is home to the smallest chapel in Europe, so what better place to start. Ballinamore is an angler’s paradise with 40 lakes in a 10km radius and the oldest genealogical centre. The Lough Rynn estate in Mohill features 100 acres of rare woodland and exotic, walled, ornamental gardens. Dromod houses the Cavan and Leitrim Railway and museum. Jamestown, named after King James 1, was walled and fortified, one of the gates is still standing in the pretty village. Route can be travelled in any direction and from any starting point. Find more driving routes at www.discoverireland.ie/lakelands
If you’re looking for gourmet dining or good value, the Lakelands Region has options to suit all tastes and budgets. Cafes: Found in most towns and villages and generally open from 9am to 6pm with some having longer opening hours. Serving homemade baking, tea, coffee, other hot drinks and sweet and savoury snacks. Restaurants: Locally sourced ingredients and produce make dining out a memorable experience. Many open for lunch, some operate an Early Bird menu, and the majority have last sittings around 9pm. Most are family friendly and offer Kids menus. Deli Counters & Take-Aways: Deli Counters are found in most convenience stores and supermarkets, offering freshly made sandwiches, rolls, wraps as well as some hot food. Take-Aways are found in most towns and usually open late. Farmers’ & Country Markets: Browse and sample some of the finest local produce in the Lakelands. Find over 100 dining options in the Lakelands at www.discoverireland.ie/lakelands
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