Longford is a friendly, bright, bustling town with excellent restaurants, pubs, shopping outlets and plenty of activities to keep the visitor occupied. 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.
Longford lies 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. In addition to an abundance of accommodation, restaurants, shops, cinema, theatre, pubs and clubs and some great sporting grounds to welcome the visitor, the surrounding countryside, which is steeped in history, has a wealth of places to visit and things to do.
The midland County of Longford located in the heart of the Lakelands and Waterways of Ireland 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 is also a golfers paradise claiming its own 18 hole championship golf course overlooking the county town and providing an ideal location for the golfer as it is within easy driving distance of many top Irish golf courses. The Longford region also has a vast array of 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.
County Longford is graced with some of Irelands most remote, unique and totally unspoilt scenery. The northern part of the county, bordering south county Leitrim has a rugged landscape 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 a secret for so long. The entire county offers unique unexplored lowlying countryside for the walker/hiker/cyclist and nature lover while there are also large stretches of bogland, some in relatively pristine condition, and distinct to the midlands of Ireland. Travelling through south county Longford from Lanesboro along the Shannon to Elfeet, Barley Harbour, and the Islands of Lough Ree is a must on any visitors itinerary. The magnificent views of this area have to be seen to be believed. Stopping off in the villages and towns of County Longford, chating with the locals, enjoying a pint or a well made Irish coffee, sampling some fine food and taking in the unique lakeland scenery and culture of this most midland of counties, offers the visitor an authentic and unique glimpse of the real Ireland that cannot be found elsewhere.