Ireland's Hidden Heartlands

Explore the unspoilt hinterlands of Ireland. Lose yourself in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands, an area of extreme beauty with a refreshingly slow pace of life. 

Meander down scenic waterways, along the beautiful Shannon River, explore tranquil forests and discover enchanting riverside villages.

Immerse yourself in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands

with Ireland Wild Escapes

Travel off-radar into Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands, a region of outstanding natural beauty, with oodles of old-world charm and far fewer crowds. 

Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands incorporates a sizeable section of the splendid River Shannon, as well as covering part of the Beara-Breifne, Ireland’s longest national waymarked trail. Some of the best-kept secrets in Ireland feature, including Lough Derg and Tipperary, the Premier County; Westmeath, with its serene waterways and lively music scene; and Offaly, home to grand Birr Castle and Clara Bog, the finest remaining raised bog in Ireland today.

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Things to do
in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands

There is an abundance of things to do in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands – the pace in which you choose to do them is entirely up to you! 

Some of the best things to do in Leitrim [link to Leitrim page], for example, include cruising along the Shannon and taking a tour of The Shed Distillery, the home of the famous Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin. 

Longford, meanwhile, is dotted with pretty lakes and historic towns. Such as friendly Boyle, where you will find the magnificent 12th century Boyle Abbey and King House, a great Georgian Mansion in the centre of town, now a fascinating museum. 

Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands touches upon the iconic Wild Atlantic Wayyet has an allure and charm all of its own.


There is no shortage of adventure to be had in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands. The Cavan Way wends its way through valleys and across hills, including the UNESCO Marble Arch Global Geopark, a series of limestone caves which straddles Fermanagh and Cavan at the far northern edge of Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands. 

Boat trips, SUP and forest adventures await; the Tree Canopy Walk at Lough Derg – the only attraction of its kind in Ireland – is a must. 


Ireland Wild Escapes specialises in immersive tours in Ireland’s most incredible locations. Our tours are meticulously planned, with great thought and care given to each element, from your hand-picked guide, right down to the impact of your visit on the local environment and community; preserving local customs and traditions is important to us. Our focus is very much on slow travel and authentic experiences, so as well as the major sites, we will take you off the path well-trodden and beyond the expected. 

In fact, ensuring you have nothing short of an incredible experience here in Ireland is what motivates us. From Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands to the Wild Atlantic Way, we offer a wealth of Irish tours available for you to book right now via this website.

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