County Longford has a gentle landscape of lakes and waterways, a rebellious past and vibrant festival scene.
Its central location makes it an ideal place for getting to know the wider region, but there’s plenty to keep you fully occupied right here. This low-lying county offers the visitor a gentle, laid-back pace of life, with plenty of water based activities, country walks and historical places of interest to visit.
County Longford occupies the basin of the River Shannon and the upper area of the River Erne, ideally located in the heart of the Lakelands region of Ireland. Despite being inland, the county is blessed with water all around it, including rivers, lakes and canals. This makes it a haven for watersport activities, especially sailing, canoeing, kayaking and white water rafting. Or of course you can simply enjoy canal-side strolls, gentle boating or a spot of angling.
The relatively flat terrain means it is suitable for walkers and cyclists; there are scores of trails that meander through forests and pristine bogland, which is distinct to the area, where as well as soaking up the scenery, you have ample opportunity to discover interesting plant, animal and bird life. Special sites of conservation and protection include the Glen Lough bird sanctuary, Lough Kinale, Derragh Lough, Fortwilliam Turlough and Lough Forbes Complex.
The principle town of Longford has plenty to keep the visitor engaged and offers a good mix of shopping and restaurants combined with interesting sites of historical interest. St Mel''s Cathedral is a remarkable, Renaissance building that towers of the town.
Some of the most fierce fighting of the 1798 Rebellion took place at the Battle of Ballinamuck and more ancient monuments to explore in the region include the portal tombs at Aughnacliffe and Cleenrath. The Motte and Bailey castle at Granard is thoroughly impressive and a reminder of the Anglo-Norman presence in the area.
County Longford has a thriving programme of festivals which include literary events, a traditional harp festival (Easter) and the Sean Og Set dancing Festival (November).
To help you get to know this charming region see our holiday cottages in County Longford and start exploring this tranquil part of Ireland.