Leah Fairman By Leah Fairman

| 8 February 2024

4 Things to do in the Magical Midlands

River Shannon [Ireland’s Content Pool] 

As winter continues to thaw and we move into warmer weather, there’s no better time to start planning a mini getaway. This time around, we’re focusing on the Midlands; that host of counties nestled along the banks of the mighty Shannon. Of course, given that there are nearly 350 digital hubs in Ireland, there’ll be handy options for you to book a desk and get some work done, if you need to. Here’s our Midlands recommendations, as well as their nearby hubs...  

1. A Shannon Adventure 

We couldn’t make this list without including a nod to Ireland’s longest river, and the beating heart of the Midlands. There are lots of ways to have a Shannon adventure; families or groups of friends can hire a boat in towns like Athlone or Carrick-on-Shannon and cruise its length – always a lot of fun! For those seeking more of a thrill, there are kayaking options too. Whatever way you choose to explore, we guarantee you’ll be enchanted by this body of water.  

With lots of hubs along the Shannon, this can be a real working holiday: Check out The Hive in Carrick-on-Shannon or Ballinderry Digital Hub outside Nenagh   

Clonmacnoise [Ireland’s Content Pool] 

2. Clonmacnoise 

Staying Shannonside, we’re looking at Clonmacnoise next. These ancient ruins date back to the 6th century, when St. Ciarán founded a monastery on the banks of the river. Once a great seat of learning, the remnants of Clonmacnoise include a cathedral, two round towers, three high crosses and hundreds of early Christian graves. It’s a peaceful and haunting place that’s well worth a visit.  

Nearby hub: ACT Co-working Hub 

3. Old Rail Greenway 

Another way to take in the natural beauty of this region is to go for a walk or cycle along the Old Rail Greenway in Co. Westmeath. Stretching 43km between Athlone and Mullingar, the route will bring you past restored station houses and pretty arched bridges. It’s also home to much biodiversity and wildlife – why not pack a picnic and soak up the unspoilt splendour of the area.  

Nearby hub: e-Working Centre Mullingar 

Lough Key [Ireland’s Content Pool] 

4. Lough Key Forest & Activity Park  

Lough Key in Co. Roscommon has something for all the family to enjoy. Set in a magnificent forest park, visitors can opt for anything from a relaxing walk, cycle (there are bikes for rent) or zipline through the treetops. There’s camping and caravan options too, if you fancy spending a few days. 

Nearby hub: Spool Factory 

That’s just a fraction of what the Midlands has to offer. Why not book a few days and explore for yourself! As always, our online booking system makes it easy to reserve a desk or meeting room if you have a few emails to send – but don’t want to cut the holiday short.  

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