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Central North

There is, however, a refreshing lack of tourists. That’s not to say there’s nothing here for
visitors to see. Cavan and Monaghan border Northern Ireland, forming part of the province
of Ulster along with the North’s six counties, and the central north has some major museums
interpreting Ireland’s colonial past. It also has some significant Celtic sites. Chief among them
is the awe-inspiring Cruachan Aí in County Roscommon, spattered with barrows, cairns and
standing stones. There’s plenty for visitors to do, too, especially outdoors, including mountain
hikes along pristine trails and – thanks to all that water – fishing, boating and water sports.
Although it’s well off the well-trampled tourist track, the central north is not cocooned
from the country’s transformed landscape. Ireland’s skyrocketing real estate prices have put
the coast beyond the reach of many would-be home- and business- owners. As a result, seachangers are now seeking out previously unimagined possibilities in the country’s centre. In
turn, these inland areas are starting to see some of the cosmopolitan changes and economic
effects that the rest of the country experienced over a decade ago.
But the central north’s abundance of water, vast tracts of bog, unfolding fields and mistshrouded forests means it remains, perhaps, Ireland’s final frontier; and a perfect place to
retreat.
HIGHLIGHTS
„ Take to the Water Cruise the Shannon-Erne

Waterway (p493) at Carrick-on-Shannon
„ Scale New Heights Get a bird’s eye view

of Lough Key’s lakes and woodlands on a
treetop canopy walk (p490)
„ Backtrack Contemplate the 148 BC–built

oak trackway unearthed in County Longford’s bogland (p495)

Lough Key

Belturbet
Carrick-onShannon
Longford

„ Say Cheese Buy prized Corleggy Cheese

direct from the farm or learn how to make
it yourself during a cheese-making course
(p481) at Belturbet
„ Hit the Literary Trail Follow Patrick Kavan-

agh’s footsteps around Inniskeen (p487)
„ POPULATION: 291,650

„ AREA: 9302 SQ KM

Inniskeen

CENTRAL NORTH

The six central northern counties – Cavan, Monaghan, Roscommon, Leitrim, Longford and
Westmeath – might be a long way from the country’s coveted coastline (in Irish terms, at
least), but with the mighty River Shannon surging through wooded countryside interspersed
with trout-teeming lakes, there’s no shortage of water in these parts.

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CENTRAL NORTH
The six central northern counties – Cavan, Monaghan, Roscommon, Leitrim, Longford and
Westmeath – might be a long way from the country’s coveted coastline (in Irish terms, at
least), but with the mighty River Shannon surging through wooded countryside interspersed
with trout-teeming lakes, there’s no shortage of water in these parts.
There is, however, a refreshing lack of tourists. That’s not to say there’s nothing here for
visitors to see. Cavan and Monaghan border Northern Ireland, forming part of the province
of Ulster along with the North’s six counties, and the central north has some major museums
interpreting Ireland’s colonial past. It also has some significant Celtic sites. Chief among them
is the awe-inspiring Cruachan Aí in County Roscommon, spattered with barrows, cairns and
standing stones. There’s plenty for visitors to do, too, especially outdoors, including mountain
hikes along pristine trails and – thanks to all that water – fishing, boating and water sports.
Although it’s well off the well-trampled tourist track, the central north is not cocooned
from the country’s transformed landscape. Ireland’s skyrocketing real estate prices have put
the coast beyond the reach of many would-be home- and business- owners. As a result, sea-
changers are now seeking out previously unimagined possibilities in the country’s centre. In
turn, these inland areas are starting to see some of the cosmopolitan changes and economic
effects that the rest of the country experienced over a decade ago.
But the central north’s abundance of water, vast tracts of bog, unfolding fields and mist-
shrouded forests means it remains, perhaps, Ireland’s final frontier; and a perfect place to
retreat.
Central North
POPULATION: 291,650 AREA : 9302 SQ KM
HIGHLIGHTS
Take to the Water Cruise the Shannon-Erne
Waterway ( p493 ) at Carrick-on-Shannon
Scale New Heights Get a bird’s eye view
of Lough Key’s lakes and woodlands on a
treetop canopy walk ( p490 )
Backtrack Contemplate the 148 BC–built
oak trackway unearthed in County Long-
ford’s bogland ( p495 )
Say Cheese Buy prized Corleggy Cheese
direct from the farm or learn how to make
it yourself during a cheese-making course
( p481 ) at Belturbet
Hit the Literary Trail Follow Patrick Kavan-
agh’s footsteps around Inniskeen ( p487 )
Longford
Lough Key
Shannon
Carrick-on-
Belturbet
Inniskeen
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