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County Longford Travel Guide
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Lakeland, bogland, pastureland, and wetland typify Longford's generally low-lying landscapes: the highest point is Carn Clonhugh (also known as Cairn Hill) in the northwest of the county at 279 m (916 feet).
Writers Oliver Goldsmith, Padraic Colum, John Keegan Casey and Maria Edgeworth were all from Co.Longford.
Top Things to See and Do
St Mel's Cathedral in Longford
The beautiful village of Ardagh has won the Tidy Town's competition several times. The village is a Victorian style village designed for the Fetherston family by John Rawson Carroll.
Corlea Trackway is an Iron Age trackway that runs through Corlea bog. It is known locally as Danes Road.
The Royal Canal runs through County Longford. The Royal Canal was built in the 19th century to compete with the Grand Canal. However, it was no competition as the Grand Canal proved more useful and rail and roads proved to be more useful. It fell into disrepair and is being restored to this day. There are sections of the canal which are navigable while a walk along the canal is always calm and soothing.
Lough Sheelin, Lough Kinale, Lough Derragh
Abbeylara Abbey is the ruins of a Cistercian abbey. Founded in 1205, the abbey fell into disrepair during the Reformation.
Carrigglas Manor is a Gothic style house built for the Lefroy family in the 1830's. It is still inhabited by the Lefroy family. The house was being renovated before the financial crisis to be part of a hotel. The stables were designed by James Gandon, of Custom House and Four Courts fame. For Jane Austen fans, there seems to have been a brief relationship between Lord Thomas Langlois Lefroy, who would become Lord Privy of Ireland, and Jane in 1796.
Coolamber Manor is a large country house that now lies empty. It served as a drug rehabilitation centre for some time.
Castle Forbes was the seat of the Earls of Granard. To view the surrounding demesne, permission needs to be received in advance.
Black Pigs Dyke is an ancient boundary formation between Ulster and the rest of Ireland. It is named after a black pig that wrecked havoc on the Vikings before making her way south.
The Tain bicycle trail goes through Longford. It is a chance to see the sites that are mentioned in the Ruraiocht or Ulster cycle of the Tain Bo Cuailgne or the Cattle raid of the Brown Bull of Cooley.
The 1798 Interpretive Centre in Ballinamuck serves to show battle of Ballinamuck in 1798 where the French and Irish were defeated by the British army under Lord Cornwallis and General Lake.
Castlecore House, Ballymahon, is a house that was inspired by Stupingi, hunting lodge of the Dukes of Savoy. It is set on 10 acres of gardens.
The Drumlish Bachelor Festival is held in mid-August.
The Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival takes place in late September in Longford Town.
Neighbor regions/States: Westmeath, Roscommon, Leitrim, Cavan
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Edited by: derick on 06.06.2010 derick on 15.05.2010 derick on 14.05.2010