Portumna Forest Park, Galway
Travel along The Beara Breifne Way to reach the leafy, sanctuary of Portumna Forest Park. Swoop down to Lough Derg and watch the gentle interactions of nature by the trailside, keeping an eye out for the majestic antlers of the herd of fallow deer.
Let the sprawling ruins of Portumna Abbey, with its ancient stone arches and columns, take you back to the 15th century. Or step into the more regal setting of Portumna Castle, with its spectacular gardens and magnificent manor house reminiscent of the Renaissance. Lose yourself in the fairytale willow maze, where the sweetly fragranced paths are lined with lavender and native fruit trees.
Old Rail Trail Greenway, Westmeath
The Old Rail Trail Greenway begins in Athlone and meanders along for 40km to the market town of Mullingar. Naturally, the scenery and length – taking just over two hours – make it a perfect route for cyclists of all levels. As part of the Midlands Great Western Railway route, you cycle past flourishing small towns and lush countryside.
When you’re in Athlone make sure you stop by the world’s oldest pub – Sean's Bar – for a tipple and a touch of history. Athlone Castle is well worth a visit for a fully interactive experience that brings the castle’s history to life.
Cavan Burren Park, Cavan
Find peace on the trails under the misty shadow of Cuilcagh mountain and simply pause to take in the 340 million years old, pre-glacial landscape. Touching the megalithic tombs of our ancestors is the a primal experience that links you back to your roots. Unearthing the hidden treasures of the Burren – its barren sinkholes, fairy forts and breathtaking viewpoints out onto the Lost Valley – will leave you with a new found appreciation of this beautiful place.
Corlea Trackway, Longford
This 2,200 year old oak timber trackway is one of the most unique paths in Ireland. This well-trodden walkway, preserved in a bog has been left exactly where it was found with the Corlea Trackway Visitor Centre constructed around this amazing archaeological find. After soaking in the local knowledge, set out on a journey across the mosses and heathers of the boglands of Longford to follow this ancient road left by the Iron Age people.
Extending your trip with a journey along the stunning waters of Lough Ree and the River Shannon. Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands is brimming with glimmering lakes and rippling rivers that pour across its lands.
With so many great greenways and trails there’s a great day out waiting for everyone. See incredible wildlife, historical sites and visit friendly towns on your next short break to Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands.