Royal Canal Greenway
The Royal Canal Greenway is a 144 kilometre long-distance walking and cycling trail that follows the towpath of the canal from Dublin's docklands to Clondra in county Longford. It is currently in use as a walkiing trail and itis envisaged it will be fully complete as a cycling trail or 'Greenway' by the end of 2019.
An important half way hub for this trail is at Mullingar, where the Royal Canal almost encircles the town before continuing to follow the canal banks westward towards Longford and the Mighty River Shannon.
Soak in the peace and tranquillity of the Royal Canal banks where a unique heritage awaits you. Brought to Mullingar in 1806 following a transport revolution, the Royal Canal has a colourful history as the main transport link of the time, before the railway was constructed in 1848. It takes about three days to complete this cycling trail if you are not tempted off course, by the wonderful places to eat and explore along the way.
This trail also connects seamlessly with the Old Rail Trail, a cycling trail from Mullingar to Athlone and links closely with the Westmeath Way, a hiking trail to Kilbeggan along the banks of the River Brosna. A newly created cycle link along a short 'feeder' canal, allows a short diversion from the main trail to the shores of Lough Owel, north of Mullingar, where visitors can soak up the scenic beauty and an abundance of wildlife.