Stand on the black Cliffs of Moher, cruise down the Shannon in the sun, or marvel at the barren beauty of the Burren… when you book flights to Shannon Airport, you’re on the doorstep of some of the best that Ireland has to offer. All the wild and beautiful Irish scenery you can imagine coupled with friendly people, cosy pubs filled with the sound of live traditional music, and a fantastic sense of Ireland’s history - what more could you want from an Irish holiday? Let this beautiful part of Ireland capture your heart – book flights to Shannon with Ryanair.
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The Lakelands "TO DO" List:
Patrick Kavanagh Rural & Literary Resource Centre

The centre houses a permanent exhibition on the life and work of Patrick Kavanagh, one of Ireland’s best loved poets. 60-seat audio-visual theatre and reference library. Please reserve 12th - 14th July for our Inniskeen Road July Evening Festival.

​Address: Inniskeen, Co. Monaghan​Phone: +353 42 9378560​Website:​Opening hours: All year, Tue – Fri, 11.00 - 16.30. Jun – Sep, Sundays, 15.00-17.00
Wildlife and Heritage Centre

Ireland’s largest private collection of mounted specimens of Irish Wildlife including Corncrake, Bittern & Cuckoo. External tour includes live Buzzards and Owls plus a collection of Irish Heritage artefacts.

​Address: Listinny, Co. Monaghan​Phone: +353 47 80632​Website:​Opening hours: All year, on request (by phone or via website) Group bookings (minimum 5 people)
Dun a Ri Forest Park

Beautiful, historic forest park with four marked walks. Home to a great diversity of wildlife and historical features, including the ruins of Flemings Castle. Families will enjoy the sculpture trail.

​Address: Kingscourt, Co. Cavan​Phone: +353 49 4331942​Website:
ODD (Out-Doors & Dirty)

Extreme outdoor adventure park for ages 10+ including off-road Buggies, clay pigeon and hover crafting.

​Address: Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan​Phone: +353 49 9523877​Website:​Opening hours: All Year (subject to pre-booking)
Moon River Pleasure Cruiser

Go for a relaxing trip on the Moon River pleasure cruiser. All trips depart quay side, Carrick on Shannon, Moon River is the ideal choice for Shannon River sightseeing and entertainment

​Address: Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim​Phone: +353 71 9621777​Website:​Opening hours: Feb-Dec, schedule varies.
Sliabh an Iarainn Visitor Centre

This centre informs the visitor about life, transport and industry between the Arigna and Sliabh an Iarainn mountain - the railway, canal, lakes, iron and coal mining.

​Address: Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim​Phone: +353 71 9640678​Opening hours: Apr-Oct, Mon-Sat (10.00-18.00) & Sun (14.00-18.00)
Lough Key Forest & Activity Park

Lakeside Forest Park with Visitor Centre, Café & Marina, offering unique activities such as Boda Borg, a Tree Canopy Trail & Zipit.

​Address: Boyle, Co. Roscommon​Phone: +353 71 9673122​Website:​Opening hours: Mar – Sep (7 days a week); All other months (Fri, Sat & Sun)Tickets: €5 discount for 2 adults on the Lough Key Experience.
Roscommon Castle

13th Century Norman castle alongside the town park with a mile of walks, pond with ducks, modern playground and outdoor gym for adults.

​Address: Roscommon Town, Co. Roscommon​Phone: +353 90 6626342​Website:​Opening hours: Year Round (free).
Casey’s Bog Sculptures

Hand carved unique sculptures and gifts made from 5000 year old bogwood.

​Address: Newtowncashel, Co. Longford​Phone: +353 43 3325297​Website:​Opening hours: All Year, Mon – Sat, 09.00 – 18.00
Ardagh Heritage Village

A designated heritage village with a beautiful park that contains over 2,000 broad leaved trees.

​Address: Ardagh, Co. Longford​Website:
Kilbeggan Distillery Experience

Visit the old distillery which is now a museum and see the new operational distillery onsite. Enjoy a complimentary taste of Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey.

​Address: Kilbeggan Co. Westmeath​Phone: +353 57 9332134​Website:​Opening hours: 10.00 - 16.00 (Nov-Mar), 09.00 - 18.00 (Apr- Oct) 7 days a week.Tickets: Concessions for Groups & Seniors/Students
Athlone Castle Visitor Centre

Athlone’s 13th century Castle incorporates an impressive Keep and eight interactive exhibition spaces, with breath taking views across the Shannon.

​Address: Athlone, Co. Westmeath​Phone: +353 64 42130​Website:​Opening hours: Tue - Sat (11.00 - 17.00), Sun (12.00 - 17.00)Tickets: Family of 2 adults & 4 children €20. Group rates on request
Dartfield Country Estate & Horse Museum

Visit the only museum in Ireland dedicated to the Connemara Pony and Irish Horse.

​Address: Loughrea, Co. Galway​Phone: +353 91 843968​Website:​Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 09.30 – 17.00
Portumna Castle & Gardens

Built before 1618, the castle & gardens include a 17th Century walled kitchen garden.

​Address: Portumna, Co. Galway​Phone: +353 90 9741658​Website:​Opening hours: Daily until 18th Sep, weekends thereafter.
Lough Boora Parklands

Activities at Lough Boora Parklands include walking or hiking, cycling, coarse angling, game fishing, bird watching, a sculpture park and Mesolithic sites

​Address: Cloghan, Co. Offaly​Website:​Opening hours: All Year Round.
Clonmacnoise Monastic Settlement

This 6th century monastery located on the River Shannon, boasts, seven churches and two round towers.

​Address: Clonmacnoise, Co. Offaly​Phone: +353 90 9674195​Website:​Opening hours: All year round.
Nenagh Heritage Centre /Museum

Follow in the footsteps of the condemned prisoners. Visit our art gallery, which houses rotating art, craft & photographic exhibitions.

​Address: Nenagh, Co. Tipperary​Phone: +353 67 33850​Website:​Opening hours: Mon – Fri, 09.30 – 17.00, All Year
Killaloe River Cruises

1 hour cruises each day on the shores of Lough Derg, on modern, clean, safe and comfortable passenger boats

​Address: Killaloe, Co. Clare​Phone: +353 86 8140559​Website:​Opening hours: All year round.
Holy Island

Holy Island is one of the most famous monastic sites in Ireland. Its many attractions include a well preserved Round Tower, the ruins of six churches and a cell like structure which is one of the most extraordinary buildings in the country.

​Address: Scarriff, Co. Clare​Phone: +353 86 8749710​Website:
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
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