Things to see and do in Westmeath

Cruising by Athlone Castle (L) Athlone, Co Westmeath.

Mullingar to Athlone Greenway
This is a ‘must’ cycle for anyone who likes getting out on their bike. Start in Mullingar and follow the path as it snakes along the canal to the head of the Greenway. For the next 40km you’re in biking heaven. But don’t let the distance scare you, hop off and visit Dún na Sí Amenity & Heritage Park along the way. You’ll meet everyone on the route from passionate enthusiasts to those out for the fresh air. This is a dedicated cycle path that follows the old rail track under arched bridges, through a tunnel and past beautiful countryside all the way to Athlone.

Moate Agricultural Show, Sunday August 26th.
Moate Agricultural Show held in August, attracts patrons and exhibitors from all over Ireland. There is something for all the family. It was first held in 1839 and is one of the oldest in the country. There are events featuring horses, cattle, sheep, poultry, farm produce, cut flowers and floral arrangements.

Mullaghmeen in north Westmeath is the largest planted beech forest in Ireland. This 1,000 acre forest has an extensive network of way marked trails for varying levels of fitness. Along with beech, Mullaghmeen also has Sitka spruce, Scots pine and noble fir and a very interesting native tree collection. This 1,000 acre forest offers picnickers a shady haven in which to feast and provides the more energetic with scenic walks of varying length. The underlying Geology is limestone rock and the area is populated with grey squirrels, jays, badgers, foxes, pheasant, rabbit and hares, as well as a large selection of song birds.

Athlone Castle
Athlone Castle was first built to defend the crossing point on the River Shannon and evolved into a bold defensive structure over the centuries. Elements of the original castle can still be seen today. Prepare to walk in the steps of monks, kings, soldiers and generals. The story of Athlone Castle is told through a series of modern exhibitions, authentic museum artefacts, interactive games and a 360º cinematic experience of the Great Siege of Athlone.