Things to see and do in Ireland’s Hidden Heartland

The River shannon in Ireland's Hidden Heartlands spans 224 miles and is the longest river in Ireland. It allows you to travel through Ireland at a slower pace, visiting traditional pubs, historical locations and quaint villages, nestled in the beautiful countryside of the Shannon corridor.

Read on to find out some of the amazing things to see and do in this less busy region of Ireland, away from the busy tourist areas as you captain your own vessel along the river. 

Parke's Castle in Carrick-On-Shannon

Known as the cruising capital of Ireland, Carrick-on-Shannon is the largest town in the county of Leitrim, and one of Ireland’s fastest growing resorts. Here you'll find great shopping and nightlife and great restaurants. In fact, this town is a food lover's haven. We recommend Vittos Restaurant for a delicious meal in a cut stone building and a pastry from Coffee's Pastry Case on Bridge St. 

While in Carrick-on-Shannon, don't miss Parke’s Castle, situated in an idyllic setting on the banks of Lough Gill. Robert Parke completed his fortified manor house in 1610 on the site of an earlier 15th century castle. The courtyard contains the foundations of an earlier castle and a traditional blacksmith forge. You can explore the turrets and round towers and learn about the past rulers of the region.  


Lough Key Forest and Activity Park

A fun day for everyone in the family, this large forest park features incredible views, ziplining, a tree canopy trail, an adventure play kingdom, and even underground tunnels! 

  • Stroll along a self guided tour atop the tree canopy and among the wildlife for a bird's eye view of nature and a panoramic view of the lake. 
  • Take the kids to Adventure Play Kingdom. They'll love the climbing towers, puzzles and fantastic play equipment. 
  • Need even more activity and adventure? Zip It forest adventures invites you to climb high into the treetops, swing into cargo nets, even ride a bmx across a bridge, before zipping down one of the many ziplines.
  • Rent electric bicycles or segways to explore the park


The Oldest Pub in Ireland, Sean's Bar

The Guiness Book has certified that Sean's Bar is the 'Oldest Pub in the British Isles'. 

The Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna

The last resort of the destitute poor from the 1840s-1920s, the Irish workhouse gives you a glimpse of what life was actually like for those who were forced to live in harsh conditions working to survive. The centre is a testament to their lives of the destitute and helps us learn about this important part of Irish history. 

Irelands Hidden heartlands runs through in the centre of Ireland and is home to many lovely villages with friendly people and charming pubs, lush, green golf courses, fantastic fishing, historic landmarks and even family adventure. A Le Boat self-drive staycation in Ireland is an opportunity to slow down and travel at your own pace. From your boat you will enjoy the beautiful landscape of the banks of the River Shannon. Step off your boat and you'll find something for every member of the family.