Welcome To Westmeath!Westmeath is a paradise for angling, cruising on the Shannon, boating and watersports, golf, equestrian pursuits, tourist trails, genealogy and heritage holidays.
Westmeath IrelandWestmeath is at the heart of Ireland. Uisneach Hill is regarded as the geographical centre of the island of Ireland – at least notionally. Traditionally, the hill near Ballymore village was the “navel” of Ireland, where the four provinces of Ulster, Munster, Leinster and Connaught met, and it is believed to have been a centre of druidic activity. Glasson village inspired Oliver Goldsmith’s poem The Deserted Village. It’s not something to be proud of, as Goldsmith’s poem, written around 1770, decries the depopulation of the peasantry due to emigration and the introduction of destructive modernisation, looking back fondly to the days before the agricultural revolution. However, Glasson is a well known golfing destination. If golfing isn’t your thing, you may well note that Westmeath has some lakes that are used for trout fishing, coarse angling, boating of various kinds and other water sports – with rentals and services all available on its bodies of water. Mullingar is the administrative centre of Westmeath and boasts nearby lakes, Lough Ennell and Lough Owel, both of which are big draws to many anglers. Rockfield House and Gardens will be worth a look too. Mullingar, as a market town, also has two thriving industries from where gifts may be sourced for those back home. It is known for its pewter and its bronze. Although an administrative centre of the county since the sixteenth century, it is the second largest town. In terms of size, County Westmeath has a larger centre of population in the town of Athlone. Athlone on the River Shannon is a well known rest point for the Irish traveller driving from the east of the country to the west or vice versa. Due to recent property development, it’s also now regarded as a satellite town serving Dublin, as commuters have recently begun to travel from their homes in Westmeath to the capital to work. However, with its thirteenth century Norman castle and numerous shops that include Irish merchandise such as linen and other handcrafted goods, it’s worth devoting more time than just a lunch to.
General information Westmeath
County Westmeath (Contae na hIarmhí in Irish) was named after the historic kingdom and province of Mide. Westmeath was founded under The Counties of Meath and Westmeath Act of 1543, and is home to the hill of Uisneach, in the medieval Barony of Moycashel, generally accepted as the notional geographical centre of Ireland
Westmeath has plenty of opportunities for anyone who enjoys a splash. Lakes in the county include Lough Derravaragh, Lough Ennell, Lough Cassidy, Lough Lene, Lough Hogg, Lough Owel, Lough Coffey and Lough Ree. Also, the Grand Canal, the Royal Canal, and the River Shannon flow through Westmeath.
Athlone is the county’s biggest town and provides the best wining, dining and nightlife.Accommodation in Westmeath
Westmeath has the right accommodation option to suit you and your budget. Bed & Breakfasts, Guest Houses, Hostels, Hotels and Farm Houses are all available for your stay in Westmeath.Hotels in Westmeath
Hotels in Westmeath contrast the old-world charms of their surroundings by being modern and comfortable, with all of the facilities the contemporary business or leisure guest requires. Hotels include the Prince of Wales in Athlone and Mullingar Arms Hotel.Bed & Breakfast in Westmeath
Bed & breakfast accommodation in Westmeath provides all the bare necessities needed for a good night’s sleep along with deliciously cooked breakfast to suit your budget. B&B in Westmeath includes names such as Mullingar B&B in the centre of the town.Westmeath Restaurants
Westmeath restaurants serve traditional Irish favourites as well as dishes from the four corners of the globe. Popular restaurants in Westmeath include the Grand Hotel in Moate and Harry’s in Kinnegad.Shopping in Westmeath
Athlone Town Centre is perfect for anyone looking to pick up the latest fashions. With over 60 brand names to choose from Athlone Towncentre has something to suit everybody and is conveniently situated in the heart of Athlone just off the M6.Westmeath Car Rental
Car rentals in Westmeath facilitate cars on rent for a pre defined period and according to budget. Westmeath is served by companies such as Athlone Car Hire, Mullingar Car Hire, Ballymore Car Hire, Glassan Car Hire and Kinnegad Car Hire.Westmeath Golf
Westmeath has plenty of parkland golf courses, allowing you to practice your swing at the likes of Glasson, Mount Temple and Mullingar Golf Clubs.
Attractions Westmeath Ireland
Athlone Castle - Athlone
Located at Saint Peters Square, Athlone, and built in the 13th century to command the ford on the Shannon, Athlone Castle now includes audio visual presentations on the fauna, flora and power resources of the Shannon, the life of Count John McCormack, and the siege of 1691.
Ballinlough Castle - Clonmellon
Located at Clonmellon, a sense of antiquity prevails as you enter the gates of Ballinlough. Perched on a hill overlooking two lakes. The 17th century castle is the home of Sir John and Lady Nugent. The gardens have been under restoration since 1994, and are now open to the public, together with the lakeside and woodland walks.
Belvedere House - Mullingar
Located at Mullingar, Belvedere is a superb 160 acre estate on the shores of Lough Ennell. The eighteenth century hunting lodge, walled garden and landscaped park have been restored to their former glory. There are also a wide range of facilities to enjoy. The terrace gives magnificent views of Lough Ennell and provides the visitor, both young and old, with a memorable day out. The restored stables now have exhibits that tell the story of how Belvedere was developed, the evocative 18th Century story of the Wicked Earl and the Mary Molesworth scandal.
Bronze and Pewter Products - Mullingar
Located in Mullingar, two of Irelands finest craft studios - Mullingar Pewter and Genesis Fine Arts are built on an open plan basis with the visitor in mind. Learn some of the hidden secrets, skills and magic blended together to create products which date back over 800 years.
Through a creative and innovative design team, create a wide range of decorative items in various materials. Items for you house and home, lighting products, signs and mirrors. Combining traditional skills and whacky concepts to produce unique designs. Well worth a visit.....