A short journey from home, that's a world away all the same, it's time to slow right down to the flowing water's soothing pace of Ireland's Hidden Heartlands. Stretching across nine counties, the rich, rural landscapes of this captivating part of Ireland are equal parts rugged and beautiful - and are absolutely flourishing with wildlife.
Take to the shores of Lough Derg dotted with picturesque villages, the chances to unwind on a spectacular boat trip and soak up all the area has to offer. The gentle shrug of water across the surface of Lough Derg makes you want to put down anchor and just float for a few hours. The legendary lake kisses the sides of Clare, Galway and Tipperary before it spills into the Shannon, so it's easy to find a solitary spot to lap up the quiet, cast out a line, or unbuckle your picnic basket for a lazy lunch.
- Wilde Irish Chocolates artisan chocolatiers produce an array of delicious delights. We encourage you to take a free tour and you may even have a free tasting - if you're lucky!
- Spirit of Killaloe: Sit back, relax and enjoy a sightseeing cruise on the River Shannon and Lough Derg from the heritage town of Killaloe in County Clare, nestled in Ireland's Hidden Heartlands. A commentary is provided as you gently cruise along the calm sheltered waters of Ireland's finest waterway.
- Holy Island, Lough Derg: This monastic settlement brims with history. For insiders' knowledge on this ancient monastic settlement seek out local historian, Ger Madden. His tours from Mountshannon give justice to this ancient monastic settlement with his massive wealth of knowledge, and storytelling prowess.
- Enjoy a tour of the semi-restored Portumna Castle, its formal gardens and working 17th century walled kitchen garden for a taste and experience of what it was like to live during the 17th century in the West of Ireland.
- Luan Gallery is Ireland's most spectacularly located gallery, jutting out right over the Shannon with barges and cruisers motoring by beneath your feet. The riverine light glinting in through the glass walls hypnotised you back into the former lives of this building as a Temperance Hall and a theatre where the famous tenor, Count John McCormack gave some of his earliest performances. The Luan has strong links with IMMA so the art is a mix of the best international and local works.Plan Your Trip
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