Westmeath County

Day Trip Discovery:

  • Morning: Begin with a visit to Athlone Castle to delve into the town’s rich history, followed by a leisurely boat cruise along the River Shannon.
  • Afternoon: Explore the ancient monastic site of Clonmacnoise, with its iconic high crosses and round towers.
  • Evening: Return to Athlone for dinner at one of the town’s excellent restaurants and enjoy a traditional music session in a local pub.

Weekend Getaway:

  • Day 1: Start in Mullingar with a morning visit to Belvedere House and Gardens, then cycle or walk part of the Royal Canal Greenway. Spend the evening enjoying dinner and live music in Mullingar.
  • Day 2: Travel to the picturesque village of Fore to see the ruins of Fore Abbey. In the afternoon, visit Tullynally Castle and Gardens to admire the vast estate and ornamental gardens.

A Week in Westmeath:

  • Days 1-2: Follow the weekend itinerary for Mullingar and Fore.
  • Day 3: Explore Kilbeggan, visit Locke’s Distillery Museum for a tour and whiskey tasting, and continue to the nearby town of Moate to delve into more heritage and visit Dun na Si Amenity and Heritage Park.
  • Day 4: Spend a full day in Athlone, visiting Athlone Castle, the Luan Gallery, and taking a boat tour on Lough Ree.
  • Day 5: Revel in the beauty of Lough Ennell and Belvedere House. Engage in fishing or water sports on the lake.
  • Day 6: Take a short trip to Glasson Village, the “Village of Roses.” Opt for golfing or a leisurely village walk, concluding with dinner at one of its renowned restaurants.
  • Day 7: Relax with a spa day at one of Westmeath’s luxury resorts, or for the more adventurous, take a guided walking tour of the Burren in neighboring County Clare.

From ancient sites to scenic waterways and from cultural festivals to culinary delights, these itineraries promise a comprehensive experience of County Westmeath, ensuring a visit filled with discovery and enjoyment.