County Longford Holiday Guide

County Longford is a county in the heart of the Republic of Ireland, part of the midlands region and named after the town Longford. It is the fourth smallest of the 32 counties in the Ireland, and this relative lack of size, plus the fact that it has the smallest population of any county in the Republic, helps to foster an atmosphere of calm and tranquillity.

It is this rural calm that helps to draw visitors to County Longford from around the world. The landscape offers a little bit of everything that helps to make Ireland special. This means you can relax, enjoy the warm welcome of the locals and soak up views of, or explore, woodlands, fields, hills and lakes. Indeed, County Longford sits in the heart of the Republic of Ireland’s Lakeland region, and lakes within easy travelling distance include Lough Ree, Lough Gahmna and Lough Gowna.

Travelling to County Longford

Although Shannon Airport and Dublin Airport are larger and offer a wider range of possible destinations, the closest airport to County Longford is Ireland West Airport Knock.  It is a relatively small airport, but still one capable of handling more than 700,000 passengers per year. Four airlines use the airport and it offers flights to and from mainland UK throughout the year, and further on into Europe in summer. The fact that the UK airports serving the Ireland West Airport Knock, such as London Stansted and Liverpool, take flights from all around the world means that County Longford is accessible to everyone.

Attractions in County Longford

The chief attraction of County Longford as a whole is the tranquil pace of rural life in the county and the warmth afforded to visitors by the locals. Its central location means many of the top attractions of the entire republic are within easy driving distance, and attractions within the county include a selection of first-class golf courses and access to waterways such as the river Shannon, the various lakes, both large and small, and sections of Ireland’s canal system.

The range of waterways on offer in the county means that you can choose to take part in an energetic activity such as canoeing, white water rafting and kayaking, or instead relax and enjoy some angling or simply enjoying the canals, whether on foot or on board a canal boat.

Other attractions within County Longford include the Corlea Trackway Visitor Centre, a museum and historical site dedicated to the reconstruction of an oak road, originally built during the Iron Age in 148 BC and the largest of its kind in Europe. The centre is located in the village of Keenagh, eight and a half miles south of the town of Longford itself.

If you’re interested in the diverse selection of flora and fauna in County Longford, then ensure your visit takes in some of several natural heritage areas located within the county. These include the Glen Lough Bird Sanctuary; the Fortwilliam Turlough, which is located to the east of Lough Ree and offers the chance to explore a deeply traditional habitat; and the Lough Forbes complex.

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