Lakelands & Inland Waterways


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.

Woodland SegwayRide through Lough Key Forest on this two wheeled wonder

Lough Key ForestLough Key in Boyle County Roscommon. One of Ireland's most picturesque places

Lakelands app

Image showing the facilities of the Lakelands in Ireland

Download the Lakeland Treasures app by Waterways Ireland & Fáilte Ireland; entertain family and friends with photo treasure hunts  at over 30 major attractions in the Lakelands and to find great places to play, stay, visit and eat.
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Man angling in Ireland

Enjoy a relaxing angling break in Ireland, with some of the best natural wild fishing in Europe.

Find the perfect angling getaway
Kayakers on the water

This summer, make your escape with some of the most special people in your life - your friends! Plan the perfect break in Ireland and make some memories that will last forever.

Ideas for breaks with friends

Discover the Lakelands & Inland Waterways

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.

Stay on the water

Experience the Lakelands of Ireland firsthand 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 Cruisers moored at Leitrim Village Sunset over Lough Erne Castle Archdale Forest Park Watersports on the Shannon
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