Situated in the heart of Ireland, Westmeath is a County of remarkable beauty and diversity.
Stretching from Lough Ree in the West to Lough Sheelin in the North East, it is home to Tullynally, one of the largest Castles in Ireland.
North East of Athlone lies “Goldsmith County” an area associated with 18th. century writer Oliver Goldsmith.
Westmeath’s lakes are spectacular with fishing, cruising and water sports readily available. Lakes Ennell, Owel and Derravaragh are great for trout fishing and course angling. Lough Derravaragh is associated with the legend of the Children of Lir, who reputedly spent 300 years in isolation on it's waters.
Lively Athlone for those who seek an urban buzz is one of the two biggest towns in the county. It is situated on the river Shannon and has an impressive Norman Castle dating back to 1210. Athlone has great shops where you can find a fine selection of handcrafted Irish goods from linen to pottery. For the outdoor Hens there are 3 golf clubs nearby. Athlone is also the main centre for Shannon cruiser hire, a fantastic way to spend a weekend. www.irishtourist.com/westmeath/
Mullingar the other major town in the County is a busy market town set in spectacular countryside and is also well worth visiting. Two of Ireland's best craft studios, which create fine bronze and pewter work, are located here. Rockfield House and it's magnificent gardens also make a pleasant day out.
Other places of interest are Tullynally Castle, the home of Lord Longford which lies a mile west of Castlepollard village. It's gardens are open to the public during the summer.
Lockes Distillery in Kilbeggan is another great stop off spot where you will see this now retired distillery restored to it's former glory. Conducted tours and whiskey tasting are part of the magic.
The County had hundreds of historical sites and places of interest and many heritage centres.
Every kind of sport and out door activity is catered for and the county and towns are dotted with the finest of pubs, clubs and fine restaurants.
The main centres, Athlone and Mullingar are the places to spend the evenings with great variety of nightlife to choose from.
Every type of visitor and henparty is catered for when it comes to accommodation, from 4 star hotels to self catering and bed and breakfast establishments. Choose your activity and look up our directory of services for the best options and deals.