Athlone town located in the centre of Ireland has a long tradition in manufacturing and is today proud to be regarded as the epicentre of all commercial and industrial activity in the midlands. The town is well served by local and national infrastructure. There is a good network of roads connecting the town with Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and major centres in the North.
Athlone and district boast a wide variety of visitor attractions and historical sites of note including Athlone Castle and Clonmacnoise monastic site.
Many walking, cycling and driving trails have been developed over the last few years. The town is well catered for by excellent hotels and quality B&B’s with a variety of restaurants and eateries catering for all tastes and budgets including pizzerias, Chinese, Thai and Indian food.
Athlones position on the Shannon at the foot of Lough Ree has ensured a constant influx of water enthusiasts including those who participate in sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and in particular cruising on the river which is a great option for groups and hen parties.
Other activities for the energetic are golf, horse riding, racing, hunting, scuba diving, rowing and sightseeing.
Indoor activities are swimming, bowling, snooker/pool and arts.
For the shopaholics, Athlone has become regarded as the retail and commercial capital of the midlands with shoppers travelling from the immediate counties because of the quality of choice and accessibility. Three centrally located and easily accessible shopping centres provide an excellent variety of interesting and attractive shops that include bistros, bars, antique and craft shops and alternative boutiques.
A visit to Athlone should not be missed as it is a friendly lively town buzzing with atmosphere.