Welcome to The Midlands

Getting lost along the twisting back roads of these six counties is an unhurried pleasure and you're virtually guaranteed to happen upon a local village shop, pub, garage or post office and find it little changed in decades. It's refreshingly free of tour buses and souvenir stalls and well worth at least a pause in your journeys.

The Midlands is dominated by the River Shannon, which meanders through fields and forests, drawing boaters and fishers in shoals. Plush hotels and gourmet restaurants have sprung up along its banks, making it a wonderfully scenic and surprisingly cosmopolitan way to travel. If you're in search of a genuine slice of rural Irish life, this area makes the perfect retreat.

Top experiences in The Midlands

The Midlands activities

$11.57 Cultural & Theme Tours

Ennis Walking Tour

Meeting at the O'Connell Statue located at the top of O'Connell street in Ennis town center, you'll be met by your experienced tour guide. You will be given a brief introduction and will be ready to begin your tour.  Ollie offers entertaining walking tours of Ennis and is well-known for his humorous style of tour. Departing from O'Connell Statue, set off on your unique journey through Ennis.  Learn about Daniel O’Connell’s struggle to free the Catholics and discover what happened when Ennis locals stood up against their landlord! We take a visit to the famous 13th-century Ennis Abbey and find out what monks did to pass their time! Find out how a prison escapee, who was linked to the town, became the President of Ireland and uncover the mosy hidden gems of historic Ennis. Hear stories of the town, passed on from generations of Ollie’s Family and uncover 800 years of history on this A ward-Winning 1hr 15 min tour of Ennis.

$924.36 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Kerry Way- Self guided- 7 day

Day 1: Arrive in GlenbeighFrom the Kerry, Cork or Shannon airport, take a bus to your first accommodation in Glenbeigh. This quaint town sits on the edge of the Atlantic and welcomes you into their pubs that are filled with traditional Irish music and dance! Day 2: Glenbeigh to FoilmoreLeaving Glenbeigh, you begin your journey by crossing over the Behy River. Next, go over Rossbeigh Hill where you will have incredible views looking out over the Dingle Bay and the Dingle Peninsula. The Kerry Way then follows an old coach road along the slopes of Drung Hill, giving you stunning views over the Atlantic along the way. You finish your day in Foilmore. Day 3: Foilmore to WatervilleThis segment of your journey takes you inland along a gentle heather and peat covered ridge. You will cross over a number of small hills called Keelmagore, Kanckayahaun, Coomduff and Knag, and travel through the Inny Valley. This day gives you spectacular views of both the ocean and land along your route! To get to the town of Waterville, you will travel on a series of minor roads. One of Waterville‟s most known residents was the great Charlie Chaplin! Day 4: Waterville to CaherdanielYou begin your journey north towards the town of Leenan. These valleys were once occupied by many farmers prior to the potato famine, and are now frequented by sheep and livestock. You continue on until you reach the forest of Lettershanbally. Making your way you climb upwards, walking along the side of a mountain that overlooks Killarny Fjord, a beautiful sea coast that runs into the Atlantic. Day 5: Caherdaniel to Sneem The start of today‟s walk brings you inland to go around the base of Ballycarnahan Hill. Afterwards, you will be rewarded with wonderful views across the inlet of Kenmare! Walk along “The Old Butter Road” which was used in the 19th century to bring butter to Cork for foreign export. You can take a short detour from your route to visit Staigue fort. This fort is one of the largest and finest ring forts in Ireland and can be dated back to the first century BC. Day 6: Sneem to KenmareThe walk from Sneem takes you through Derryquin Forest and along the cliffs of Kenmare Bay. This part of your Kerry Way walk is less challenging and only has minor rises and falls. Along your walk, you will pass the 19th century Dromore Castle which was built for Denis Mahony, a minister of the Church of Ireland.  Day 7: Kenmare to KillarneyThe final day of your journey takes you along the Kenmare Road. This dated road will bring you through the remains of old farms, small fields and potato furrows. You may also come across some red deer roaming the land on your walk!

$10.41 Cultural & Theme Tours

Hook Lighthouse Entrance Ticket and Guided Tour

Your admission ticket allows for a guided tour of the lighthouse starting at your chosen late-morning time. Your guide will walk you through 800 years of the history of light-keeping at Hook Lighthouse, giving you insight to how its keepers lived throughout the ages. You will meet St Dubhan and William Marshall (the greatest Knight) on your journey, while your guide regales stories from the lighthouse's past.The tour will culminate in spectacular views from the Balcony of the Lighthouse. In clear weather you can see for miles, and in a storm the spray often reaches the top of the lighthouse!

$17.35 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Doolin Cave Admission Ticket

Explore the deepest point of the Burren underground at Doolin Cave! Descending over 70 metres/200 feet, view the Great Stalactite that weights over 10 tonne and an impressive length of over 23 feet long. It is the largest free-hanging Stalactite in Europe and the third largest in the World. What is even more astounding than the size, is that the Great Stalactite was formed from a single drop of water over thousands of years. When you’ve recovered from being awestruck, extend your adventure from underground to overground by following the charming Farmland Nature Trail, taking a looped walk around the cave setting. The nature trail is home to indigenous species of flora, along with rare and miniature breeds of animals. If you’ve worked up an appetite, stop for some home-cooked food in the Doolin Cave Café before perusing pottery made using glacial clay found deep within Doolin Cave.

$65 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Enjoy a Unique Irish Dining Experience with Locals on their Charming Boathouse

Your host Mary grew up eating delicious meals cooked from fresh local produce and now enjoys cooking and sharing with travelers the food she grew up eating. Before starting her houseboat business, Mary was a professional caterer and catered for movie and television show crews. She now lives on a houseboat with her husband Jorn and opened up another houseboat to share the beauty of the Irish riverside with travelers. The floating barge travels on the Shannon river system between Enniskillen and Carrick-on-Shannon. Feel free to let Mary know when making your booking which cuisine (Mediterranean influenced or traditional Irish) you prefer! Notes: Between the months of Mar - Oct, Mary's boat is docked in the South in Carrick-on-Shannon. Please reconfirm the exact meeting location with Mary at least three days before your experience as the boat is constantly traversing the river.