County Westmeath



County Westmeath, a picturesque region in the heart of Ireland that offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, historical charm, and warm hospitality. Situated in the midlands, this enchanting county is home to the magnificent River Shannon, fascinating castles, lush gardens, and a rich cultural heritage

Tourists are drawn to its large waterways network due to its major lakes in the area, the largest being the renowned Grand Canal, the Royal Canal and the River Shannon and its numerous Lough's. The main towns and villages of Westmeath include Athlone, Mullingar, Moate, Kilbeggan. The neighbouring counties of Westmeath are Cavan,Longford, Meath, Offaly and Roscommon.

Westmeath Festivals

Westmeath Festivals range from the Goldsmith International Literary Festival Goldsmith International Literary Festival , this is the third oldest event of its type in Ireland. Happening annually over the June Bank Holiday Weekend it takes place in the South Longford-Westmeath area that is becoming increasingly known as Goldsmith Country. It celebrates the life and work of Oliver Goldsmith who died in 1774 and was buried in the Poets' Corner of Westminster Abbey in London.

Westmeath Visitor Attractions.

Westmeath Visitor Attractions. Westmeath is steeped in archaeological sites such as Loughcrew Cairns, which is an example of the largest example of passage graves and megalithic structures in Ireland. Hill of Uisneach regarded as the centre of Ireland mentioned in Irish mythology has many monuments,megalithic tomb and barrows. Enjoy the many castles also in Westmeath such as Athlone Castle, Tullynally Castle, and the most famous castle used for U2's CD cover being Moydrum Castle ruins in Athlone. Locke's Distillery in Kilbeggan one of the oldest small pot distillery gives a great insight into the still whiskey distilling process.

Westmeath What's On

Westmeath What's On Athlone in Westmeath is the place to be for a night at the theatre and for the RTÉ All-Ireland Drama Festival comprises of nine nights of the best in Irish amateur drama performed at the Dean Crowe Theatre Athlone. Athlone's Literary Festival held each September also displays the literary talent in Westmeath a great nights entertainment.

Athlone Castle, Westmeath

Tullynally Castle & Gardens, Westmeath

Belvedere House, Gardens & Park

Glasson Golf Club

Fancy a Round of Golf:

Choose from Seven Golf Courses, in County Westmeath. Athlone Golf Club, Glasson Golf Club, Moate Golf Club, Mount Temple Golf Club, Mullingar Golf Club, New Forest Golf Club, and Moyvalley Golf Club.

Wineport Lodge in Glasson.

Wine & Dine

Treat your taste buds to a culinary extravaganza at Wineport Lodge in Glasson. This award-winning restaurant offers a delightful fusion of Irish and international flavors, paired with an extensive wine selection and breathtaking views of Lough Ree

Wineport Lodge in Glasson.

The Oldest Pub in Ireland

Experience the authentic Irish pub atmosphere at Sean's Bar in Athlone, recognized as the oldest pub in Ireland. Enjoy a pint of Guinness, savour traditional pub fare, and soak in the lively ambiance filled with live music and friendly locals.

Kilbeggan Distillery Visitor Centre

Kilbeggan Distillery Visitor Centre

Kilbeggan Distillery, a whiskey lover's paradise. Immerse yourself in the rich heritage and craftsmanship of Irish whiskey production as you embark on the Kilbeggan Distillery Experience.

Step back in time as you explore the distillery, which dates back to 1757 and is recognized as the oldest licensed distillery in Ireland. Learn about the traditional methods of whiskey making, from malting the barley to the copper pot stills and ageing in oak casks.

Take a guided tour of the distillery and discover the fascinating history behind Kilbeggan whiskey. Marvel at the original waterwheel, which once powered the entire distillery, and explore the working distillery floor, where you can witness the whiskey-making process firsthand.

Indulge your senses in the Tasting Room, where expert guides will introduce you to the unique flavours and aromas of Kilbeggan's finest whiskeys. Savour the smooth and distinctive taste of this beloved Irish spirit and gain a deeper appreciation for the craftsmanship and dedication that goes into each bottle.

The Kilbeggan Distillery Experience is not only a treat for whiskey connoisseurs but also an opportunity to delve into the rich heritage and cultural significance of Irish whiskey. Whether you're a whiskey enthusiast or simply curious about the art of distilling, this immersive experience is sure to leave a lasting impression.

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