Scenic North Westmeath

Behind These Castle Walls…
Majestic Tullynally Castle and Gardens - Tullynally Castle’s majestic presence dominates a breathtaking landscape, with 12 acres of beautifully restored 18th Century gardens, terraced lawns, remarkable mature trees, walled flower gardens and ornamental lakes.The sunny Tearoom in the Castle Courtyard offers teas, coffee and delicious homemade food throughout the day and a splendid family coach is on display. 


Historic Fore Abbey in a tranquil, green valley in North Westmeath, lies the tiny village of Fore, known for its 7th Century Monastery and the intriguing 'Seven Wonders of Fore'.  Visitors can view the site where St Fechin founded the Christian monastery, where 300 monks once lived.  Fore Abbey Coffee Shop this small rural Coffee Shop is well worth a visit. Home baked treats and locally produced great tasting coffee. Call in not for just the coffee, visitors can avail of unique local knowledge of the area too.     
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Fore Distillery set in the tranquil valley of Fore, this poitín and rum distillery offers an experience to remember. Take a tour and learn about the unique craft from the distillers themselves and enjoy a taste of poitín or rum while soaking in the breathtaking views of this scenic and historic landscape.                                                                                                                                                                            
Try Wild Swimming in Lough Lene.                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Swim in the open waters of Lough Lene, Lough Owel or Lough Ennell, at one of three designated bathing waters. A great way to experience the refreshing clear waters and stunning scenery of Westmeath's lakes.  51159040132_75c79ef0df_c.jpg                                                                                


Mullaghmeen Forest in north Westmeath is the largest planted beech forest in Ireland. This 1,000 acre broadleaved forest has an extensive network of way marked trails for varying levels of fitness.                                                                                          

Stay at Castle Varagh Hotel , located in the charming village of Castlepollard, just minutes from Tullynally Castle, Fore Abbey, Lough Lene and Mullaghmeen Forest. It's location in the heart of the midlands makes it the ideal destination with an abundance of activities on its doorstep. Relax in the stylish gastro-pub, where a traditional Irish ambience provides a cosy and welcoming setting for hotel guests, visitors and locals alike. Select from the A La Carte menu which features a variety of traditional and modern dishes designed to satisfy every taste.

Or alternatively, North Westmeath has an impressive selection of B&Bs and guesthouse style accommodation. Hownslow House which is a spacious 200 year old farmhouse overlooking the tranquil and historic Fore valley and its ruined Benedictine Abbey. With sweeping views and extensive grounds.                                                                                                                                                                                                
At Multyfarnham, Weirs Bar & Restaurant, is an award -winning Gastropub in the Heart of Ireland. Located in the idyllic village of Multyfarnham beside Lough Owel, Weirs is a charming old world, family run pub that serves some of the best food and drink in Ireland in a relaxed, family friendly atmosphere. Weirs Holiday Accommodation offers two unique types of accommodation to visitors. Choose between Maureen's House or The Cottage for your stay in this beautiful location close to the town of Mullingar.

Discover the serenity of nature Abbey Blooms Botanical Gardens & Cafe who are situated just outside of the picturesque village of Multyfarnham, to the rear of the Franciscan Friary. While visiting the fabulous Botanical Gardens why not enjoy great coffee and delectable treats & tasty sandwiches. Relax in the garden gazebos and enjoy your coffee while taking in the gardens.  Also on site is a garden shop where you can pick up some plants to bring home with you.