Longford is a friendly, bright, bustling town with excellent restaurants, pubs, shopping outlets, a cinema, theatre and plenty of activities to keep the visitor occupied. Lying at a junction of main roads which lead to many of the major towns of Ireland, it’s accessibility to the rest of the country make it a prime location as a holiday base. St. Mel’s Cathedral, an impressive Renaissance building, dominates the skyline. The river Camlin flows through the northern part of the town and a delightful walkway has been created along the river leading to the Mall Park, recreational area and sports complex. The surrounding countryside, which is steeped in history, has a wealth of places to visit and things to do.
Located in the heart of the Lakelands and Waterways of Ireland, County Longford is a haven for outdoor sporting activities offering facilities of the highest standard and quality. For the water enthusiast there are glorious lakes, rivers and canals providing the opportunity to take part in energetic outdoor sports such as canoeing and kayaking, or the more leisurely canal cruising, coarse and game angling. Longford claims its own 18 hole championship golf course overlooking the county town and the town provides an ideal location for the golfer as it is within easy driving distance of many top Irish golf courses. The region also has many enjoyable walking and cycling routes, activities such as Archery, Go-karting, Equestrian and Ten Pin Bowling while the more daring can indulge in Zorbing, White Water Rafting and Water Tubing so the visitor to this most midland of counties is never bored.
Longford is graced with some of Irelands most remote and unspoilt landscape. The northern part of the county, bordering Leitrim and Cavan is dotted with a mass of lakes and hills. The scenery is so breathtaking it is difficult to understand how this part of Ireland has remained almost a secret. Travelling through south county Longford from Lanesboro along the Shannon to Elfeet Bay, Barley Harbour, and the Islands of Lough Ree is a must do on any visitors itinerary. The entire county offers unexplored lowlying countryside for the walker/cyclist/driver and nature lover. Diverse forest walks and large stretches of bogland, some in relatively pristine condition, and distinct to the midlands of Ireland, provide opportunity for exploration and discussion. The award winning, friendly villages and towns of County Longford are the perfect setting to experience a true sense of the rural Irish lifestyle. Chating with the locals, enjoying a pint of Guinness or a well made Irish coffee, attending the country fair, sampling some fine food or joining in on a Trad session adds to the joy of staying in the heart of Ireland. County Longford offers the visitor an authentic glimpse of the real Ireland that proves difficult to find elsewhere.