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Lakelands

Must-see attractions

Arigna MinesExplore this Roscommon museum, dedicated to coal mines.

Strokestown Park HouseVisit Strokestown Park House, an 18th century Roscommon mansion.

Athlone CastleAthlone Castle is a popular attraction, featuring a visitor centre and art gallery.

Birr CastleThe Historic Science Centre offers fun for the whole family.

ClonmacnoiseExplore the cathedral and round towers of Clonmacnoise in Offaly.


Lakelands app

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Download the Lakeland Treasures app by Waterways Ireland, to find great places to stay, special offers, places to eat and events in the Lakelands.
 
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Discover the Lakelands

The Lakelands is a well-loved Irish destination, and it's easy to see why. Stunning countryside and an abundance of quayside towns like Killaloe and Ballina, make this area perfect for on-the-water breaks that include cruising, walking, cycling, horse riding and an array of other activities. 

Cruise your own course through 800km of navigable waterways; and experience the magical history of high kings, fallen warriors and ancient monks that still lingers in the air and the stories of the people.

Discover any of the four route sections of the Lakelands - Lough Derg, Lough Ree and Mid Shannon, Upper Lakelands and Lough Erne - and you'll discover freedom.

Visit Ireland's Lakelands for an unforgettable cruising break.

Find out how TodayFM's Anton Savage got on in the Lakelands this April.

Stay on the water

Experience the Lakelands of Ireland first hand with a cruise. Choose from our list of great cruise operators.

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View over a lake at Lough Derg

Lough Derg and the lower Shannon have 32,000 acres of waterway and are ideal for all kinds of watersports.

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People sitting by the river

Lough Ree and Mid Shannon are packed with waterside restaurants, great shopping, friendly villages and a vibrant cultural life.

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Boats moored in a harbour

The Upper Lakelands feature lakes, canals and rivers. Lough Allen and Lough Key are the two major lakes north of the River Shannon.

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Boat on the river

From the Upper Lough to the island town of Enniskillen, Lough Erne is a top destination with activities for the whole family.

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Lakelands video collection

Learn about the heritage and activities of the Lakelands with this collection of videos.

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Killaloe, Lough Derg Lough Ree, Athlone Sunset over Lough Erne View of Forest Park, Upper Lakelands Watersports on the Shannon
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