What are Blueways?

A network of stunning trails running on and alongside Ireland's most idyllic lakes, canals and rivers. Taking you into the heart of her most unspoilt landscapes - by canoe, bike or on foot. As you meander through inspiring, picturesque vistas, soak in the charming rural atmosphere and explore life at a different pace.

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Charming Towns and Pretty Villages

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Fabulous Food

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Family Fun

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Hidden Gems

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Paddling Paradise

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Scenic Cycles

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Where to Stay

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Wonderful Walks

Itineraries

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Short Break on the Lough Derg Blueway

Whether you’re visiting Lough Derg and Killaloe/Ballina for one, two or three days, we’ve got some great ideas on what to do, see and enjoy!
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Family Fun on the Shannon-Erne Blueway

While the waterside beauty here lulls you into a state of relaxation, Leitrim Village and the Shannon-Erne Blueway offer lots to do from gentle rural walks to lively towns.
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Mini adventure on the Royal Canal Blueway

Surrounded by mythical landscapes and boasting a thriving foodie scene, Mullingar is an ideal base from which to start your Royal Canal adventure.
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Weekend away on the Shannon Blueway

Intriguing castles, lakeside trails, endless blueways and charming towns. These cherry-picked delights of Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands are yours to uncover with this ready-made 48-hour itinerary.
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Highlights

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Adventure on the water in Leitrim and Cavan

Discover a different side to the Shannon-Erne Blueway with an adventure to suit all tastes.
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5 Of The Most Instagrammable Places in Ireland's Blueways

Whether you travel by land or by water, the Blueways in Ireland are a thrilling journey through time.
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6 Reasons To Take Up Canoeing

Canoeing is one of those classic activities that puts you right in the centre of nature.
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Historic Shores of Lough Derg

Saints, scholars and High Kings: they may conjure up ethereal images of a distant past, but this rich history is alive and well on the shores of Lough Derg....
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Portumna in 24 Hours

Introduce yourself to Portumna, by exploring this vibrant market town on land and on water.
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The Fairies of Lough Allen and Lough Key

Watch Roscommon and Leitrim open up before your eyes, spilling secrets of long-forgotten saints, crumbling castles and fairy-filled forests…​
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Westmeath and the Royal Canal

What Westmeath lacks by way of a coastline, it makes up for in an abundance of lakes, canals, fascinating stories and historic attractions.
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Family Fun in Killaloe/Ballina

Keep the energy up on fun family breaks that blend lots of fresh air with sublime natural surroundings and host of activities
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Fabulous Food in Killaloe/Ballina

Savour the great local flavours of Lough Derg in waterside pubs, smart restaurants and buzzy little cafés.
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Destinations

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Lough Derg

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Royal Canal

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Shannon

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Shannon-Erne