Towns of Westmeath
Athlone —County Westmeath
Athlone, an ideal regional centre is the largest town on the River Shannon standing on the boundaries of two counties namely Westmeath and Roscommon in the centre of Ireland on the main N6. It is a historic town because of its strategic location and is commonly referred to as 'the gateway to the west'. An ideal place for touring or based holidays this busy and prosperous town has a wide range of tourist attractions, top class accommodation and excellent restaurants each with its own distinctive character catering for all the family. The town's riverside location opening on to Lough Ree is the cornerstone of its attractions and the source of its natural beauty. Athlone is proud to be the centre of Shannon Cruising and its hire boats delight in guiding tourists on the Shannon. Day trips are also available. Other activities in the area include walking, angling, cycling and golf.
Athlone also boasts excellent shopping facilities and numerous festivals and events throughout the season.