Longford County

One-Day Trip in Longford:

  • Morning: Start at the Corlea Trackway Visitor Centre to explore one of the most important archaeological finds in Ireland—an ancient bog road. This preserved Iron Age trackway provides insights into prehistoric travel and engineering.
  • Lunch: Head to Longford Town and enjoy lunch at one of the local cafes, sampling traditional Irish cuisine.
  • Afternoon: Visit St. Mel’s Cathedral to admire its stunning architecture and rich history. Afterwards, stroll around the town center, shop, and see local landmarks.
  • Evening: End your day with a relaxing walk along the Royal Canal, enjoying peaceful waterside views and natural scenery. Conclude with dinner at a local restaurant to experience more local flavors.

Weekend Getaway in Longford:

  • Day 1: Follow the one-day trip itinerary.
  • Day 2:
    • Morning: Drive to the picturesque village of Ardagh, renowned for its award-winning heritage and beautifully preserved architecture. Explore the local historic sites.
    • Lunch: Enjoy lunch in Ardagh or a nearby village, experiencing the charm of rural Ireland.
    • Afternoon: Head to Newcastle Wood near Ballymahon for a leisurely hike or bike ride through beautiful trails.
    • Evening: Return to Longford Town and enjoy live music or a performance at the Backstage Theatre if available.

Week-Long Exploration of Longford:

  • Days 1-2: Follow the weekend getaway itinerary.
  • Day 3: Spend the entire day at Lough Ree, one of the largest lakes along the River Shannon. Engage in boating, fishing, or simply relax by the water.
  • Day 4:
    • Morning: Explore the historic town of Granard, visiting the Motte and Bailey to glimpse medieval Ireland.
    • Afternoon: Travel to Edgeworthstown and visit The Edgeworth Centre, dedicated to the celebrated Edgeworth family, particularly the literary figure Maria Edgeworth.
  • Day 5: Join a guided tour of the local boglands to learn about this unique ecosystem and its contributions to Ireland’s ecological and cultural heritage.
  • Day 6:
    • Morning: Visit Ballinamuck, the site of the 1798 Battle of Ballinamuck, and explore the local visitor center.
    • Afternoon: Spend time in Derrycassin Woods, enjoying the walking paths and observing local wildlife.
  • Day 7: Relaxation Day. Spend your final day enjoying leisure activities in Longford Town, revisiting favorite spots or exploring new areas. Consider a spa day or a leisurely cruise on the Shannon to wind down your trip.

These structured yet flexible itineraries provide a comprehensive approach to experiencing all that County Longford has to offer, from historical sites and natural beauty to cultural activities and serene landscapes.