10 attractions you should visit in Longford - With photos & details

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County Longford is a county in Ireland. Most of Longford lies in the basin of the River Shannon with Lough Ree forming much of the county's western boundary. One of the iconic locations where you have a lot of things to see and do.

Carn ClonhughCarn Clonhugh, Derrynacross, Co. Longford, Ireland
1 Day Treks
Mountain Peaks

This is a hill in County Longford, Republic of Ireland. It lies north of Longford, between Drumlish and Ballinalee, in the parish of Killoe. At 278 metres above sea level, it is the highest hill in the county and has a television mast on the top which rises 123 metres above the peak of the hill. The hill has extensive views of the landscape below. The forested land obstructs most of the view from Cairn A, but Cairn B has an extensive panorama from WSW to SSE.

Carriglass ManorCarrickglass Demesne, Co. Longford, Ireland
Outdoors- Other

Carriglass Manor is one the last remaining walled estates in Ireland and covers 600 acres of pasture, meadow and wood. Species include oaks, beeches, ash and sycamore trees.

Corlea Trackway Visitor Centre2 Cartron Rd, Cloonbreany, Keenagh, Co. Longford, N39 XT18, Ireland
Outdoors- Other

The Corlea Trackway is an Iron Age trackway, or togher, near the village of Keenagh, south of Longford, County Longford, in Ireland. The trackway is situated in an area which is the site of industrial-scale mechanised peat harvesting by the Bord na Móna, principally to supply the peat-fired power stations of the Electricity Supply Board.

Derragh LoughDerragh Lough, Co. Longford, Ireland
Lake/ River/ Ponds

This is a freshwater lake in the north midlands of Ireland. It is located on the borders of Counties Longford, Westmeath and Cavan. Lough Kinale forms part of the River Inny. The lake's inflow is from Lough Sheelin and the outflow is to Lough Derravaragh. The neighbouring Derragh Lough is also connected by a river to Lough Kinale.

Granard Motte and BaileyChurch St, Granard, Co. Longford, Ireland
Iconic Buildings
Old Ruins

This is the remains of a motte-and-bailey castle and National Monument in Granard, County Longford, Ireland. It was built on a hill overlooking the town in 1199 by Anglo-Norman Knight Richard Tuite. The Motte is a great flat-topped, circular earthen mound, on top of which would have been a timber tower surrounded by a palisade. Across the base was a U-shaped bailey: an enclosure surrounded by a palisade ditch.

InchcleraunInchcleraun, Co. Longford, Ireland
Islands

A beautiful island situated in Lough Ree on the River Shannon, in central Ireland. The island is home to the ruins of St. Diarmaid’s Monastery, a monastery founded by Diarmaid the Just in AD 560. These buildings constitute a National Monument. Between 800 and 1300 the island and its churches were repeatedly plundered and burned by invaders, so the buildings are in ruins today. Six of the island's churches are surrounded by an enclosure in the southeast corner of the island.

Lough GownaLough Gowna, Aghanoran, Co. Longford, Ireland
Lake/ River/ Ponds

This is a freshwater lake which is the uppermost lake on the River Erne.  It is located on the border between County Longford and County Cavan, with the largest part of the lake being in County Longford.  This is a moraine-dammed lake formed at the end of the last glaciation, and owes its complex indented shape to the underlying drumlin landscape. This results in a large number of bays and inlets on the lake, often connected by narrow channels.

Lough KinaleLough Kinale, Ireland
Lake/ River/ Ponds

Lough Kinale is a freshwater lake in the north midlands of Ireland. It is located on the borders of Counties Longford, Westmeath and Cavan. Lough Kinale forms part of the River Inny. The lake's inflow is from Lough Sheelin and the outflow is to Lough Derravaragh. The neighbouring  Derragh Lough is also connected by a river to Lough Kinale.

Newcastle Wood4 Newcastle Road, Cloonkeen, Co. Longford, Ireland
Outdoors- Other
Forests

A majesdtic woodland located in the Newcastle, Ballymahon, Co.Longford. This forest is a Coillte owned semi-mature mixed woodland of 325 hectares that extends to both sides of the River Inny, a main tributary of the River Shannon.

St. Mel's CathedralDeanscurragh, Longford, Ireland
Churches
Old Ruins

St. Mel's Cathedral is a landmark building in Longford. It  is the main historical attraction of the town overlooking all roads leading into Longford. It was erected in the 19th century. It is built from grey limestone with a lofty steeple and can be seen from a distance outside the town. The cathedral has been tastefully restored to its original beauty while being remodelled as a living church for a new century.

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