Westmeath is famed throughout Ireland for its beautiful lakes and rivers. Beautifully unspoiled, this delightful county is a haven for watersports enthusiasts, anglers, boating and some truly stunning cruising along the renowned River Shannon.
Filled with intriguing houses and gardens, and gorgeous forest parks, Westmeath is a perfect for enjoying outdoor life at its best. Read More
With a strong connection to Ireland’s mythical history and an impressive array of beautiful gardens, parks and incredible scenery, there’s an endless variety of things to experience when you visit Westmeath. You will find mythical history, amazing walks, incredible scenery and views of half of Ireland.
Visit the exciting towns of Mullingar and Athlone and learn about the intriguing histories and famous residents. Music is a way of life here with concerts and festivals taking place across the whole county.
Take some time to explore the waterways of Westmeath and find moments of pure bliss and tranquillity along the River Shannon and by the lakes throughout the county. With over 100kms of off-road greenways dedicated for cyclists, Westmeath is easy to access by bike. Take the Royal Canal Greenway from Maynooth or Longford to cycle fully off-road to Mullingar or Athlone.
The nearest major airport to Westmeath is Dublin Airport just over an hour’s drive offering direct flights from over 100 destinations around Europe, the USA and Middle East. Shannon Airport, Ireland West Airport and Belfast Airport are also very accessible from Westmeath.
The main ports of entry are Cork, Dublin and Rosslare – all of which are betwen 3 and 4 hours drive from Galway. Brittany Ferries operates a service between Cork-Roscoff (France). Clare is also accessible via ferry from Rosslare and Dublin. Both ports offer daily services between Ireland-UK and services to France and Northern Spain. The following companies offer ferry services into Ireland – Stena Line, Irish Ferries, P&O Ferries, Kintyre Express, and Isle of Man Steam Packet
There are many Bus Éireann Expressway services operating in County Westmeath connecting Athlone with Dublin, Dublin Airport, Westport, Galway, Belfast and Shannon Airport and Mullingar with Dublin, Dublin Airport, Ballina and Sligo.
Westmeath is easily accessed by train, with daily services to Dublin Heuston, Dublin Connolly, Galway, Sligo, Westport and more from Mullingar and Athlone. Visit www.irishrail.ie for more information.
Journey back to life in the 1200s at Athlone Castle, which began as a timber fort and evolved into the dramatic, defensive castle that dominates the town today. Relive the great Siege of Athlone in a 360º cinematic experience of the 1691 battle, enjoy multi-sensory displays and interactive games that guide you through the castle’s halls and history as you uncover the eight exhibition spaces that bring the castle’s stories to life. Athlone Castle and Visitor Centre is a treat for all the family, with courtyard picnic facilities and picturesque town views.
Belvedere House & Gardens
Over 60 acres of parkland and 6km of magnificent woodland and lakeshore walks are waiting to be explored at Belvedere House and Gardens. Discover the curious story of the Rochfort family and the Jealous Wall folly which stands witness to past feelings of hatred and malice of the neighbouring brothers who once lived here. Uncover several more follies across the landscape and explore the walled garden featuring one of Ireland’s finest collections of rare and special plants. The estate comprises one hundred and sixty acres of parkland with six kilometers of magnificent woodland and lakeshore walks, including the Narnia Trail.
Dún na Sí Amenity & Heritage Park
Set in stunning 27 acre parkland, nestling in the heart of Ireland, Dún na Sí Amenity & Heritage Park, County Westmeath, boasts an exciting range of recreational, educational, environmental, cultural and historical activities for all ages. Tour the Heritage Trail and Vintage Museum. Explore reconstructed historical sites depicting life in Ireland. See the Hedge School, the Forge, a dolmen monument, ring fort and stone circle. Enjoy the Pet Farm, walking trails, Fairy Island, native Irish woodland, turlough (lake), sculptures, playgrounds and tea rooms.
The Kilbeggan Distillery in County Westmeath is the oldest distillery in the world, dating back to 1757. Start your multilingual guided tour back in 1757 and find out how Irish whiskey was made in decades past. Discover the families that owned the distillery and the importance the local community had on the brand you see today. Visitors to the Kilbeggan Distillery Experience will learn about the traditional methods of mashing in oak mash tuns, fermenting in Oregon pine vats, and will see the new Kilbeggan malt spirit flowing from ancient pot stills. The original waterwheel which once powered the whole distillery is still on show today. A stroll across the courtyard takes you to the present day, where whiskey is still being produced using ancient traditions, passed on from generation to generation.
Cycle the Greenways
Join the Royal Canal Greenway, the longest and most scenic in Ireland which runs from Dublin to Longford or pedal your way through the heart of Ireland on the Old Rail Trail which runs for 43km Greenway brings walkers and cyclists through the very heart of Ireland, from the Royal Canal in Mullingar to the River Shannon in Athlone.