THERE’S LOTS TO DO | In the Midlands, off the main tourist trail, you’ll find plenty to do… and with fewer crowds.

KAYAKING | www.outdoordiscovery.ie is a dynamic adventure centre in Ballymahon which makes use of the 4km stretch of white water rapids (unique to the midlands) with pour-overs, stoppers, holes and standing waves on the River Inny. Join them for white water rafting, kayaking or canoeing with a picnic, zorbing, archery and orienteering, all ages good to go. Some activities can be organised on site at the Stables, just ask.

Ask also for Winter specials  – half day’s activity or a weekend package of four activities are available over weekends till the end of June.

GOLF | The internationally renowned 18-Hole Championship Glasson Golf Course, overlooks the stunning Lough Ree. Designed by golf pro and Ryder Cup Star Christy O’Connor Jnr, it’s only 15 minutes’ drive away in the picturesque village of Glasson.

FISHING | The super clean river Inny is right on our doorstep and is a great spot for coarse fishing. If you’d like to try it out, The Stables offers package Fishing breaks with accompanying gillie, boat and rods along with picnic hampers. Fish for more.

HORSE RIDING | The equestrian centre at Mosstown Stables in the nearby village of Keenagh houses state of the art all-weather facilities and an indoor arena, providing fun classes for all levels. You can also hire out horses during the hunt season.

ADVENTURE SPORTS | The Lilliput Adventure Centre (for kids big and small) is a 20 minute drive away, on the shore of Lough Ennell. You can hire boats here or take part in a variety of kid’s summer camps and courses – such as Canadian sailing, night hiking, gorge walking, abseiling, pier jumping, raft building, assault courses or bivouacking.

CULTURE & DINING:

BOG LANE THEATRE | The intimate Theatre in Ballymahon has been running for over 20 years and hosts touring drama groups, the renowned One Act Drama Festival every autumn and live singer songwriter gigs.

MULLINGAR ARTS CENTRE | Opened in 1999 in the County Hall this 400-seater theatre space hosts touring dramas and gigs, two workshops for art and drama classes and an art gallery at Market House in Mullingar.

BELVEDERE HOUSE | Belvedere House, a beautiful 18th century Georgian hunting lodge designed by Richard Castle, on the shore of Lough Ennell, is only a 20 minutes drive away. Set among 160 acres of parkland, the grounds also contain woodland and shore walks and a walled garden containing many gorgeous rare and exotic species.

THE WINEPORT | The luxurious Wineport in Glasson village, with it’s gorgeous setting on the banks of Lough Ree, offers a genuine gastronomic experience only 15 minutes drive away. Tel +353 (0)90 643 9010

GLASSON VILLAGE RESTAURANT | Based in a beautiful old schoolhouse built in 1844, Michael Brooks’ restaurant specialises in game, seafood and locally-sourced seasonal produce. Tel: +353 (0) 90 648 5001

‘We kayaked, we cinema’d, we bonfired, we sunbathed, we barbecued, we chilled out and had one of the best weekends we ever had!’’

Debbie, Steve & Rachel June 2009