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Westmeath – The Heart of Ireland
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Westmeath, in the heart of Ireland, is a county of great beauty. With stunning landscapes, lush green fields and an array of rivers, lakes and waterways, this region of Ireland is an ideal holiday location for hiking, angling and water-sports.
There are stately homes, churches and monastic ruins throughout Westmeath. Sites to visit include Fore Abbey, Tullynally Castle, Athlone Castle and Stokestown House and Famine Museum. There are also lots of wonderful gardens and parks to visit, including Belvedere House and Gardens located near the town of Mullingar.
The River Shannon is the longest river in Ireland and is renowned for pleasure cruising. Boats can be hired from the many cruise hire companies in the region. The Royal Canal Way is a 144km long distance way-marked trail that follows the towpath of the canal from Dublin to Longford. It connects with Westmeath, west of Mullingar.
There are numerous charming towns and villages throughout Westmeath and they all have something unique to offer visitors. Stay with an Irish family in a Westmeath B&B and experience true Irish hospitality.
Kildare is the horse-breeding capital of Ireland and is home to three racecourses and numerous stud farms. The stunning scenery and natural beauty along with fantastic outdoor amenities, make this county an ideal holiday destination.
If you are looking to get out and about and enjoy the adventure holiday of a lifetime, Ireland is the place be as it caters for a wide variety of activities including water-sports, mountaineering and equestrian pursuits.