Old Rail Trail
This 43km Greenway brings walkers and cyclists through the very heart of Ireland, from the Royal Canal in Mullingar to the River Shannon in Athlone. 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.
The greenway traces the historic Midlands Great Western Railway track, past restored station houses and under pretty stone arched bridges. Linking the River Shannon in Athlone 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 Moate, Castletown and Ballinea en-route. Bike hire is available in Athlone and Mullingar.
For details on access points and parking, go to the interactive map here
View the brochure guide 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.