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With its rich mix of beautiful landscapes, rugged hills, soft bogs, peaceful lakes and vibrant townscapes, welcome to one of the most surprising and unspoilt parts of Ireland.
Following your visit to us here at River Run, there is so much more for you to explore.
The water offers leisurely boat trips, water sports and great fishing, while numerous walks, cycle trails and pony trekking allow you to take in the views, or explore the rural heartlands and small villages in this quiet, relaxing part of the country.
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Use our map to discover what each region has to offer.
|1 Athlone Castle||No trip to Athlone is complete without a visit to the 13th century Athlone Castle. The castle’s keep is a national monument, and the visitor centre brings to life the stories of the town and it’s people from ancient through to modern times. http://www.athlonecastle.ie/|
|2 Rathcroghan Visitor Centre||Rathcroghan Visitor Center interprets the rich archaeology and mythology of a prehistoric royal sight, which was home to the fearsome Iron Age Warrior Queen Medb (Maeve), and starting place for the Táin Bó Cuailnge (Cattle Raid of Cooley), the oldest vernacular epic in European Literature.|
|3 Clonalis House||When you are visiting Roscommon make sure you get to visit Clonalis House, an elegant Victorian residence owned by the O’Conor family who are direct descendants of the last High Kings of Ireland.|
|4 Celtic Roots Studio||In the quaint village of Ballinahown take a tour of Celtic Roots Studio. Hear the fascinating history of bogs when Ireland was covered with trees an try your hand at carving or fashioning your own personal wish stone out of bogwood that is over 5000 years old.|
|5 Derryglad Folk & Heritage museum||The family-run Derryglad Folk & Heritage in Roscommon is full of quirky memorabilia, from old butter-making equipment to gramophones and vintage camera collection.|
|6 National Faminie Museum & Strokestown||No to be missed is the National Famine Museum & Stroketown Park, which draws on a combination of original documents and images relating to the Great Famine of the 1840s. This collection boasts an extensive range of papers, including actual letters written by the tenants on the Strokestown Estate at the time of the famine. Make sure to have gander through the historic gardens and woodlands.|
|7 Dún na Sí Amenity & Heritage Park||Dún na Sí Amenity & Heritage Park, Westmeath – Set in a stunning 27 acre parkland nestling in the heart of Ireland, Dún na Sí Amenity & Heritage Park boasts an axciting range of recreational, educational, environmental, cultural and historical activities. The original Dún na Sí Centre opened in 1985 and operated successfully over the years. (…)|
Looking to stay longer?
With so much to see and do in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands why not extend your trip, and stay in one of the many hotels, guesthouses, or B&Bs in the area.
Where to eat and drink?
Feeling thirsty or peckish? Whether you’re a consummate carnivore or a vegan, you’ll find plenty of foodie delights in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands. Check out our list of recommended places for your visit.
Take a walk along the River Shannon through the heart of the charming town with Athlone Castle in the background. Dine at amazing restaurants and immerse yourself in the history of the area that’s been in use since the Bronze Age.
On the edge of Athlone lies Lough Ree, a hub for fishermen, swimmers and anyone who enjoys scenic views, while the monastic site of Clonmacnoise lies just a few minutes away.
Athlone is a vibrant town in the heart of The Midlands. Visit and experience it for yourself.
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