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Off The Beaten Track

Off The Beaten Track

Unlike many of the super-busy tourist destinations ‘round Ireland, the magic of Offaly lies in our unspoilt, less-travelled highways and byways. Prepare to re-discover the pleasure of wide-open spaces and the only soundtrack composed by nature. Go hiking or horse-ridingalong the many paths and looped trails of the Slieve Blooms– Ireland’s least congested mountain range. Or spend a day at Lough Boora Discovery Park, cycling along the car-free pathways, where the only sounds are bird-song and the lapping of lake water.

An antidote to the spirit-crushing noise of city-life, let the vast ancient landscape of Clara Bog Nature Reservework its other-worldly magic.   Listen and watch for curlews, snipes and skylarks or the summer-time buzz of flitting dragonflies and energetic grasshoppers. Stay water-side if you prefer, and cruise down the Shannon River, stopping off at the picturesque villages along its banks.   Or hop onto dry-land and explore the grassy towpaths, carefully restored lock-keeper’s cottages and canal-side roads of the Grand Canal Way. And if fishing is your passion, Offaly’s offers some of the best inland angling waters in the country – all you have to do is land the big one!