Hidden Heartlands

Welcome to Ireland's Hidden Heartlands

Athlone, an idyllic  town divided in two by the magnificent River Shannon, an amazing section of things to do across a two-day break with an abundance of nature activities in walks, cycle trails, and boat trips.

Athlone Castle is the obvious go-to, but in its (literal) shadow lies a peaceful town of history and heritage, with easy access to sprawling greenways, watery adventure, and a pace of life that’ll help you unwind from the stresses of modern life.

Welcome to Ireland's Hidden Heartlands

Athlone is a designated historic town and is commonly known as the Gateway to the West.  Athlone Castle is a major attraction in the town and features both the Athlone visitor centre the Luan Art Gallery. 

Walkers can avail of two historic town walking trails and in addition, the town is the starting point for the Lough Ree touring route.  Athlone is the perfect location to access various water activities such as angling, cruising, water skiing, wind surfing and sailing.