Lakes of Westmeath

Ireland's Hidden Heartlands

Westmeath is known as the 'Lake County' - with biodiverse and scenic lakes waiting for you to explore.

Lakes of Westmeath

Westmeath is heaven for wild swimmers - so make sure to pack your togs! 
There are 3 designated wild swimming areas in some of the loveliest lakes the country has to offer

Westmeath’s lakes are internationally renowned for their biodiversity and scenic qualities. With lots of walking trails, heritage sites on our lakeshores, there are plenty of opportunities to soak in their scenic beauty. Or get out on the water with a boat tour, wild swim or stand- up paddleboard adventure.

Here are two suggested lakeshore adventures for you to enjoy in Westmeath, each with a cluster of fantastic activities and accommodation options nearby.

Lake adventure option #1

Belvedere House, Gardens and Park on the Lough Ennel shores includes a stunning Georgian country house that dates to 1740 and which shares its story of opulence and splendour, sadness and joy. This magnificent 160 acre estate on the shores of Lough Ennell features a fully restored Georgian villa, Victorian Walled Garden, 18th Century parkland and woodland walking trails. 52247499194_ff301735f7_o.jpg

Mollie Moos Pet Farm is a fantastic day out for families, groups and school tours.  It's a great opportunity to interact with both farm animals and exotic animals. Children are provided with a bag of food to feed the animals. It is both an educational and fun experience. 

SUP and Sauna at Tudenham. Experience sunset Stand Up Paddleboarding Yoga flow and gentle paddle as sun slowly sets over Lough Ennell this summer. Followed with some cold and hot therapy with a Sauna Session lasting up to 45mins. There is tea and treats awaiting you after your session with SUPWELL Ireland. 

Stay at Bloomfield House Hotel, Leisure Club and Spa situated in the heart of the beautiful Westmeath lakeland’s in an idyllic setting overlooking Lough Ennell, this Irish, family-owned hotel is nestled in rolling countryside amidst acres of rich parkland and lofty trees, where you will be close to culture, history and the ancient myths of County Westmeath.Enjoy dinNer here where th experienced team of Chefs use the finest produce to create imaginative Irish and International cuisine, providing a dining experience that will delight the palate and your senses. 

Lake Adventure Option #2

Stay at one of the many waterside accommodation options Glasson Lakehouse experience laid back luxury at its very best in an imaginative retreat set in the very heart of Ireland. Glasson Lakehouse boasts some of the most scenic views of beautiful Lough Ree and Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands. Glasson Lakehouse offers beautiful spacious rooms & suites including family friendly rooms and dog friendly rooms or Wineport on the Lough Ree shores with fantastic eateries at Grogans or the Village nearby.Doggie-Friendly-room-Glasson-Lakehouse.jpg
Or the Radisson Blu on the Shannon Banks in Athlone with direct access onto the Old Rail Greenway. A warm welcome awaits you from the dedicated team at the Radisson Blu. Each of the 128 guestrooms are newly refurbished with a modern contemporary style; many of which have stunning views overlooking the River Shannon. Throughout your stay, you can expect exceptional food offerings from both the Elements Restaurant and Quayside Bar. Enjoy some down time in the  Synergy Health and Leisure Club, or simply relax on the riverside decking whilst taking in the scenic views we have to offer overlooking the River Shannon.
and enjoy a boat tour to remember:

For  some fun on the waterways from Athlone, there are so many options:

Viking Tours Ireland, The River Shannon Viking Boat tours are truly a signature experience of the midlands region and a 'must do' on your visit to Athlone, in Westmeath. The River Shannon is the main artery through the country and as we know the Vikings arrived by river in Clonmacnoise in 842 which is 90 minutes downstream from Athlone and by ship is the perfect way to approach this famous monastic site. The Lough Ree Cruise (approx 75 minutes) goes upstream to the lake calling en route to the Hodson Bay and returns. You can board the Viking Ship which departs from the quayside at Athlone Castle to Lough Ree the 'Lake of the Kings' or Clonmacnoise(see website for schedule). 

Ireland's first unique Hot Tub Boat! Explore the majestic waters of Lough Ree in the most memorable way possible. Take a luxury cruise which brags a Hot Tub onboard and take in the fabulous views while rambling by historical islands and 5 star hotels. 

Hidden Heartlands tours Explore the mighty River Shannon and historical Lough Ree with a boat tour to remember. Qualified National Tour Guide, Pearse Connell offers an on-water taxi service and guided tours by boat from Athlone. Visit Clonmacnoise, meander the islands of Lough Ree or just soak up the breathtaking beauty of the River Shannon.