Old Rail Trail Greenway
This 43km Greenway brings walkers and cyclists through the very heart of Ireland, from the heart of Athlone, across the River Shannon and eastwards to the Royal Canal in Mullingar. An entirely off-road walking and cycling trail it’s very safe for families or anyone looking for a leisurely spin. Scenic and peaceful, you will hear nothing but birdsong and the whirr of the spokes on your bike as you pedal along.Your ideal way to explore Ireland's Hidden Heartlands.
The greenway traces the historic Midlands Great Western Railway track, past restored station houses and under pretty stone arched bridges. Linking the Athlone Castle and the River Shannon with the Royal Canal in Mullingar, it passes through areas of unique biodiversity and heritage along the way.
Dún na Sí Amenity and Heritage Park is a must-see attraction on the trail and great options for rest and refreshments are available in Athlone, Moate, Streamstown, Ballinea and Mullingar en-route. Bike hire is available in Athlone and Mullingar.
For details on access points and car parking, go to the interactive map here
View the brochure guide here
View the Trailhead Board for information on distances between access points here
List of services, attractions, accommodation and restaurants near the Old Rail Trail here
On approach to the River Shannon Marina in Athlone town, you will pass through Abbey Graveyard, which dates back to the late 17th Century. Click on the image below to download an audiobook, featuring a wonderful cast of Irish actors performing fictionalised stories that relate the experiences of those resting in Athlone’s Abbey Graveyard.
When asked 'What did you love most about your Ireland Trip?'
"I loved the Old Rail Trail from Mullingar to Athlone, so close to nature, cycling at a gentle pace, meeting warm and friendly people along the way."
"The Old Rail Trail Greenway was my favourite activity, as I am a great lover of sports and hiking. I was able to discover beautiful landscapes, such as old renovated train stations."
"Old Rail Trail Greenway was a great day out. We hired bikes locally and stopped for lunch on the way."
"The Old Rail Trail Greenway was so much fun and includes beautiful landscapes. We will be back."