Westmeath wins out with wonderful lakes and unspoiled landscapes.
From an exceptional county house and a genealogical center to a 7th century abbey and magnificent castle.
Situated on the principal fording point of the middle Shannon, King Turlough O'Connor recognized its strategic importance and built this magnificent wooden castle on the spot in 1129.
This wonderful 18th century house and gardens enjoyed a multi-million pound restoration back in 2000 and are now stunning with beautiful gardens filled with intriguing aspects like the Jealous Wall.
Explore the Folk Park, a picture of bygone days with preserved farm machinery. Trace your family roots with the assistance of qualified researchers. Enjoy the music, song, dance and story telling at a Folklore show, Seisiun or Ceili.
The remains of this abbey date back to 630AD when St. Fechin founded a monastery here. Fore Abbey is the only Benedictine remains in Ireland.
Great golfing and scenic sailing
Thanks to the huge variety of lakes around Westmeath, including Lough Ree, Lough Derravaragh, Lough Ennel and Lough Owel, you’ll be treated to a fine selection of pike, trout, bream, and roach.
Golfers will be spoiled for choice in Westmeath will a whole host of wonderful courses to choose from with the Christy O’Connor-designed course at Glasson Golf Club, and the traditional-style course at Mount Temple.
This is the largest planted beech forest in Europe and covers an area of over 1,000 acres with shady picnic spots and scenic walks.
Try your hand at tackling the waves at Rough Rea Sailing Club, the second oldest sailing club in the world dating back to 1770.
Enjoy the animals at Westmeath’s fun farms.
This award-winning farm contains over 56 species of animals and birds, as well as a children’s playground, an indoor and outdoor picnic area, an 1850s restored cottage, and nature walk. In December, the farm is transformed into Ireland’s Lapland with Santa, reindeers, snow and more.
Enjoy an exciting tour around this large deer farm, which is also home to a variety of exotic animals.
This amenity park features a Par 3 golf course overlooking the lake, a seasonal coffee shop, boat moorings, trout angling, swimming, woodland walks, and a children's play area.
Culture & Festivals
An old whiskey distillery, plus a beautiful Gothic-Revival castle
Licenced in 1757, Lockes produced triple distilled Irish whiskey for over 200 years. Today, it’s the last remaining example of a small pot still distillery in Ireland.
Seat of the Earls of Longford, this Gothic-Revival castle is still occupied by the family. A Tibetan and a Chinese garden have been added to the extensive grounds.
Eating, Drinking & Luxury
Savour some of the best food and drink in the midlands.
Set in an idyllic spot in Mullingar, the Belfry is housed within a spectacular Georgian Gothic church. Using only fresh local and organic suppliers, the food is a delightful combination of modern Irish and traditional French.
Enjoy a pint in what is classed as the oldest pub in Ireland and Britain. Sean’s Bar dates back to 900AD and is wonderfully atmospheric with a sloping floor, beautiful mahogany bar and great pints.
Ireland’s first “wine hotel” enjoys an idyllic location at the edge of a peaceful lake. Inside, though, is where the real beauty lies with exceptionally comfortable rooms that pander to every modern luxury, and a top restaurant using the freshest local produce.
A wonderful gift gallery and unique pottery
A huge showroom with over 4,500ft of gifts from the Genesis range as well as Waterford Crystal, Beleek China, Galway Crystal and Newbridge Silverware.
Beautiful domestic earthenware and lighting inspired by nature.