Spend quality time with your family while cycling around Ireland's Hidden Heartlands. We've selected routes that take you through the unspoilt countryside of Ireland's midlands with stunning lakeside views and picturesque towns and villages. Soak up the local atmoshere while the children are entertained in the many activities that are hand picked to cater for their needs. The cycle routes have been carefully picked for the safety of younger riders. We will direct families on off road routes that are enjoyable and safe for all ages. Each member will be fitted with helmets and pre arranged bike size’s to fit. We also supply tagalong bikes attached to adult bikes to enable the younger riders to cycle further (Please check our Gallery). Accommodation is geared towards families who favour entertainment either within or at close proximity to the hotels where babysitting services can be booked in advance.
Price €1850 for 2 Adults and 2 kids - includes luggage, bus and taxi transfers between hotels.** 6 nights Hotel accomodation, breakfast and evening meals. All bikes and helmets. Maps etc.
Airport Transfer Times To Mullingar - Dublin - 1hr 5mts / Shannon - 2hrs / Knock - 1hr 40mts / Belfast International Airport - 2hrs 20mts.
**Please note Airport transfers not included. Bookings can be arranged through our booking form. We can also assist you for departures including bus, rail and taxi transfer.
Please book early to avoid disappointment.
Saturday - Sunday
Arrive at the Mullingar Park hotel where the kids can have full use of the swimming facilities. Adults can avail of the Azure beauty treatment rooms. Next morning you will be collected and brought to the Mullingar Athlone Old rail trail. The trail is a typical route through the heart of the Irish Midlands with rich fertile farmland, away from the hustle of towns. You have the option of riding the round trip of 23km to Castletown, 55km to Moate or the full round trip to Athlone 80km. Please check here for more details.
Return for lunch and if time permits we recommend a visit to the Historic Belvedere House & Garden. A magnificent 160 acre lakeside estate with a fully restored Georgian Villa where entertainment is provided for both adults and kids. Check out the 4 different play areas featuring towers, slides, climbing frames, lakeside swings and a 30 meter Zipline at the lakeshore. For the adults there are numerous nature and lakeside walks. A tour of the famous old house is not to be missed.
Return to your hotel at a pre arranged time.
Depart for a one hour bus ride to Carrick on Shannon where we recommend lunch at many of the lovely restaurants at the waters edge of Ireland's longest river. We strongly recommend taking a stroll on the many riverside walks. There are also kids park/activities close by.
Continue on to Leitrim Village for your two night stay at the Leitrim Marina Hotel. This hotel is ideally set on the water’s edge and located at the junction of the Shannon river where it joins the Shannon Erne waterway. A beautiful quiet little village in the heart of the Irish Midlands where children will enjoy the kids parks and water trails. A baby sitting service can be booked in advance for an enjoyable night out.
Lough Key forest Park – Winner of the 2019 Ireland's Hidden Heartlands best tourism experience. Depart on a 15 minute bus ride to the historic Lough key forest & activity park. The park is located in an area of great historical interest, dating back to 1184 and situated within vast woodlands and numerous lake islands.
Enjoy a morning of cycling with 8km of park trails. In the afternoon, visit the Iconic Moylurg tower and observe the magnificent views over Lough Key forest park and experience Ireland's only canopy tree walk. There are so many different activities for kids to do including the adventure Play Kingdom, Zip it forest adventures with swings, slides and swimming. We also recommend the local lake boat tours. After this fun filled day you will return to your hotel at pre arranged time.
(Please note - Bike hire is included as part of tour price. All other activities are additional and paid for at Lough Key Activity Centre)
You will pick up your bikes close to the hotel and complete the 10km Blueway cycle tour to the lakeside town of Drumshambo . The Shannon Blueway is a network of multi-activity recreational trails, providing scenic routes into the heart of rural Ireland by canoe, bike or on foot. The cycle to Drumshambo includes an iconic floating boardwalk around Acres lake. Stop off at the playground and continue by footpath for your two night stay in the Lough Allen hotel situated at the edge of town with panoramic views of the Lough and the Sliabh an Iarainn Mountain range.
(Please note the first part of this route requires a cycle on a small back road – traffic is minimal and approx 1km – but for younger riders not using tagalongs we recommend walking this part).
The Lough Allen hotel offers many attractions including the Blueway water park ( which is payable locally - please check link below). Kids clubs and baby sitting services are available allowing adults time to relax in the hotel's Oshadi Spa. We would recommend one of the local boat tours of Lough Allen and witness and experience stunning views of Iron mountain. Adults have the choice to cycle and explore part of the Lough Allen lake tour.
Please contact us if you would like to extend your stay and we can accommodate you. Alternatively we can arrange taxi transfer or information for bus and rail if your plan is to depart.
Mullingar Park Hotel
The 4 Star Mullingar Park Hotel has earned a strong reputation as one of the leading hotels in Westmeath. Situated on the outskirts of Mullingar town in County Westmeath. Located just off exit 15 on the N4, Dublin to Sligo road, less than an hour from Dublin.
This contemporary designed 4 star hotel is elegantly decorated, tastefully furnished and fully equipped to international standards. It boasts 95 guest bedrooms, award winning terrace restaurant, horseshoe bar & courtyard lounge overlooking private landscaped gardens.
Leitrim Marina Hotel
The Marina Hotel is a beautiful boutique hotel located on the banks of The River Shannon, 5 minutes from Carrick On Shannon in County Leitrim, Ireland's lake district. Surrounded by fantastic scenery and a host of indoor and outdoor pursuits, The Marina Hotel is the perfect place to base yourself for exploring The Shannon Blueway
Lough Allen Hotel
Lough Allen Hotel in County Leitrim in the Northwest of Ireland is truly somewhere special! Situated on the shores of Lough Allen, only 14 km from the bustling town of Carrick on Shannon, it is just a short walk to the town of Drumshanbo.