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The midland county of Longford offers visitors plenty to see and do, while the neighbouring counties of Westmeath, Roscommon, Leitrim and Cavan ensure you have plenty to do as you explore the historic sites of Ireland’s Ancient East.
While visiting Longford make the village of Keenagh your first stop. Here you will find the Corlea Trackway, an old track built in a bogland area, it was only discovered again in 1984. Dating back to the Iron Age, the Corea Trackway is built from oak beams and is believed to date back to approx. 148BC. The bog at Corlea perfectly preserved the tracks for 2,000 years and it is one of the biggest prehistoric roads to exist in Europe. Be sure to visit the Corlea Trackway Exhibition Centre where you will be transported back in time to get a feel for Ireland during the Iron Age. Corlea Trackway is one of the Ancient East’s hidden gems and a must-see when visiting Longford.
From Keenagh, head north to the heritage village of Ardagh, and area that holds significant religious importance in Ireland thanks to its links to St. Patrick. Ardagh is believed to be the location at which St. Patrick appointed his nephew Mel as one of Ireland’s earliest bishops, and there are several historic sites in the town worth exploring, including the Ardagh Heritage Centre.
Another must-see area when visiting Longford is the main county town of Longford, where the spire of St Mel’s Cathedral dominates the skyline. The cathedral was actually destroyed in a fire in 2009 but filly renovated and reopened on Christmas Day, 2014. Longford town is home to several quaint shops, while the area also has a great selection of bars and cafes to choose from should you choose it as your base for exploring the county. Other historic sites in Longford to visit include the ancient dolmen tombs of Aughnacliff, The Abbeyderg Monastery and the Granard Motte and Bailey.
The Glen Lough Nature Reserve is another must-see when visiting Longford, with the area designated as a SPA area by the National Parks and Wildlife Service. The stunning Lough Ree which divides Longford and Westmeath makes for a great driving trip and is easily done in a day. With so much to explore in Longford, you’ll not be stuck for things to do. A great location for travellers who enjoy an outdoors holiday, Longford has several stunning hotels, while B&Bs and budget-friendly accommodation options ensure plenty of variety whether you’re travelling alone, with friends or with your family.