From lakes, rivers and mountains, to buzzing towns, ancient sites, and a thriving food and drink scene, the Midlands is a wide open space for you to explore. Come pay us a visit, and discover a more relaxed break.
From ancient historical sites, wonderful lakes and outdoors trails, to warm friendly people and fantastic eateries. It is also in places like this where you can enjoy wide open tranquil spaces, the sounds of nature, catch your breath and slow down. From Lough Ree & the Shannon Blueway, Royal Canal Greenway, the Rock of Dunamase, Belvedere House and Gardens, the Corlea Trackway, Emo Court, Slieve Bloom Mountains, Tullamore Dew Distillery, Clonmacnoise and more, there is so much to do.
Stay in the Midlands with a choice of historic castles, country houses and lakeshore luxury retreats, to bustling urban hotels, country guesthouses and unique glamping stays.
The Midlands is home of events in Ireland, with Athlone Drama Festival, Fleadh Ceoil na hEireann, Electric Picnic, National Ploughing Championships even a festival for scarecrows!
The Midlands region encompasses 4 counties, each with their own distinct character
Longford is located in the heart of the Lakelands, making it the ideal location for angling, kayaking or perhaps a boat trip to experience the stunning lakes and river first-hand. Most of Longford lies on the River Shannon with Lough Ree forming much of the county’s western boundary.
Known as ‘the Lake County’, Westmeath is a place to explore the natural rural beauty of Irelands Hidden Heartlands, where adventure and relaxation can be discovered across its fantastic greenways, scenic lakes and rich heritage. There is a good reason Fleadh Ceoil na hEireann, the world’s largest annual celebration of Irish music, has chosen Mullingar to host the national festival for three years.
Offaly is bursting with life, from the forests to the bogs to the well-developed network of towns and villages. The main Offaly towns of Tullamore and Birr are hubs of activity.
Laois is Ireland’s most inland county, lending itself to gorgeous unspoilt landscapes, green forests and ‘the big sky’. Because of it’s connectedness to the road network and it’s central location, Laois has become a world renowned event space for hosting music festival ie. Electric Picnic and The World Ploughing Championships.
The Midlands as a place to live is all about connection. Connect to the outdoors with everything from mountain walks, to lakeside swimming right on your doorstep. Connect to the best of produce with award-winning food, restaurants and markets. Connect to the rest of country and beyond with our central location meaning you’re always accessible.