Portumna – the land of the oak
It is a pretty town with a castle and a huge Forest Park. Portumna and the surrounding area boast many attractions including watersports such as surf kayaking, sailing and fishing. You can take a boat trip up the river and travel as far as Holy Island, the site of a very famous monastic settlement.
Immersed in the midst of this green belt area, in a rural setting where time seems to have come to a standstill, it is possible to really enjoy a trek on horseback, play a round of golf, pay a visit to the Birr Castle as well as other well-known churches and abbeys.
One thing you absolutely must do while in this part of Ireland is to take part in a game of hurling, one of the traditional Irish sports which is extremely popular in this part of the country.
Another very typical experience not to be missed is a trip to the horseraces where you are sure to get a real feel for the joie de vivere that is quintessentially Irish