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Car-free and carefree in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands
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No car, no problem. With its open valleys, network of serene waterways and characteristic villages and towns, Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands invites a slower, more deliberate kind of exploration.

Explore this enchanting region without a car.

Slow down and savour

Drift down the Shannon on a Carrick Day Boat. Sink into the outdoor spa at Drumhierny Woodland Hideaway. Hike through secluded woods to the base of Fowley’s Falls. Cycle across the floating boardwalk on Acres Lake. Savour a plant-based meal at Honestly Kitchen. There’s so many opportunities to slow down and reconnect – with yourself and those most important to you – away from the rush of the everyday. 

Enjoy a meal at Honestly Kitchen.
Enjoy a meal at Honestly Kitchen.

Plan a trip by train or bus and enjoy the peace and serenity of Ireland's Hidden Heartlands – at your own pace.

Holiday the sustainable way

It’s easier than ever to get around Ireland while being mindful of your carbon footprint. Follow the sustainability influencers behind The Useless Project on their relaxing car-free trip to the Wild Atlantic Way.

More to discover
On the waterSpend a car-free day in Sligo and Carrick-on-Shannon

There’s plenty to see around Sligo, from the local stretches of untamed coastline to the mountains that frame the edge of the city. But if you’re basing yourself in Sligo town, it’s well worth putting time aside to explore the town itself, whether you want to amble around a gallery or soak up the local café scene. When you’re ready to explore further afield, hop the border into Leitrim to spend some time in the pretty market town of Carrick-on-Shannon, just a short train ride away.

Coastal escapesMake memories in Enniscrone and Easkey without a car

Ready for a day at the beach? Well pack up your togs and a towel, because there are plenty to choose from in Sligo, and you don’t need a car to get to them. To the west of Sligo town, you’ll find the coastal village of Easkey and the wide beaches of Enniscrone, both known for their surf, swimming and cosy old pubs. It’s easy to tick off both on a day trip from Sligo, on a bus that snakes along the coast on its way to Ballina.

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