What to do around Athlone

Family Fun:
There’s lots for families to do and see in and around Athlone. Choose from swimming pools, playgrounds, pet farms, boat-trips, activity centres, bowling, horse-riding, visitor centres, parks & woodlands, amenity areas and lots more.


Viking Tours : Many islands 50 years and over in Lough Ree was once inhabited by monks and their ecclesiastical treasures, drawing Vikings like moths to a flame. Like almost all the monastic establishments in Ireland, they were looted several times by invaders, including Vikings and Anglo-Normans.

These days, visitors are less bloody, sailing, trout fishing and bird watching the most popular pastimes. Migratory birds that nest here include swans, plovers and curlews.

Poet, playwright and novelist Oliver smith gold (1728-1774), author of The Vicar of Wakefield, is closely associated with the area along the eastern shore of Lough Ree. Known as Goldsmith Country, the area is beautifully captured in his writings.


Fine Dinning Athlone: Located 8 kilometers north-east of Athlone on the N55, the small village of Glasson was described by Goldsmith as “the most beautiful village of the plain” and worth a stop for its excellent restaurants and lively pubs. Glasson Village Restaurant is a wonderfully informal place with excellent food. Nearby is the upscale Wineport Lodge, which has the reputation of the best modern Irish cuisine.


Adventure Playground:

The playground offers activities such as swings, slides and climbing frames. Your little ones will continue to be happy for hours. 090 64 7097 5. The adventure Playground, Astro Turf and Skate Park are all available through www.athlonesportscentre.ie/


Astro Turf:

Astro Turf Turf Athlone is available for everyone to use.

Currently used by football, hockey, rugby, hurling and Gaelic football teams. The surface can be played in all weather conditions. Regional Sports Centre Contact booking. 090 64 7097 5

Skate Park:

Athlone provides an outdoor facility for skateboarders, in-line skates bmx’rs, the only institution of its kind in the Midlands. All participants are urged to wear full protective equipment during the use of the installation. 090 64 7097 5.


Poet, playwright and novelist Oliver smith gold (1728-1774), author of The Vicar of Wakefield, is closely associated with the area along the eastern shore of Lough Ree. Known as Goldsmith Country, the area is beautifully captured in his writings.


Yacht Club:

Founded in 1770, Lough Ree Yacht Club is the second oldest sailing club in the world. The tradition of organised pleasure boating in Athlone goes back to at least 1731, with a regatta on the Shannon amongst the ‘diversions’ promised for a festival week in the town. Early activities appear to have involved a rendezvous at some agreed place and a cruise in company in the manner of a naval flotilla but racing eventually developed.

From the beginning, it was known as Athlone Yacht Club and was renamed Lough Ree Yacht Club in 1895. At this time, the lion and pink arms of the town of Athlone were also adopted as flag Club.

Ballyglass is recorded as the venue for the annual regatta in 1836. The need for competitive and cheaper dinghy led to the Shannon-One-Design designed by Giles Morgan Club and introduced in 1922. www.lryc.ie/


Fishing: Ireland is recognized as fishing an exclusive holiday destination in Europe. The variety and quality of fishing in Ireland, it is the perfect destination for your holiday angling.

If you’ve ever dreamed of catching wild brown trout in Ireland and were wondering how to turn your dream into reality, then the answer is at your fingertips.

With a vast network of rivers and loughs, Ireland is one of the few remaining refuges for wild trout really attract fishermen return year after year. www.fishinginireland.info/trout/shannon/ree.htm


Athlone Golf Club: is located in the center of Ireland, in the beautiful Hodson Bay and offers a unique opportunity to play on what is considered one of the most picturesque golf courses you will see around Ireland. It really is a spectacular golf course with beautiful views of the lake from almost every point on the course. www.athlonegolfclub.ie/

Glasson Golf Club: opened in 1993 and designed by the legendary Irish Ryder Cup player and golfer Christy O’Connor Jnr. Glasson Country House Hotel & Golf Club is a golf course 18 holes maturity that will test a professional golfer, but also be enjoyable for the golfer or “average” “casual”. So if your group includes both a strong amateur player and a newcomer to the game, both can enjoy the golf course. www.glassongolfhotel.ie/

Mount Temple Golf Club: is a golf course traditional Irish Championship. It is located in the heart of Ireland and is renowned for its great links greens type and undulating fairways. The club is located a short distance from Athlone, the capital of the Midlands. Sitting on an esker website gives basic course, the advantage of being playable all year round. The course was “built by God, polished by man” and offers beautiful views over more than 75 miles. www.mounttemplegolfclub.com/


Cruises on the Shannon : There are many different types of Shannon Cruises available during the summer months. Whether you have a day trip to Athlone or just passing through, you can always make time for a cruise on the River Run. Sit back and relax with a snack or a drink and enjoy our entertainment on board.

River Run is an ideal place for family celebrations, birthdays, weddings. Entertainment and can be arranged on board.

River Run is a firm favorite with chickens and deer. This unique experience is a must for any group traveling to Athlone. www.theriverrun.ie/


Athlone Equestrian Centre: was established in October 2006 by Claire Gaffey to provide the best equestrian facilities available in the Midlands. Ideally located in a quiet country setting yet only three miles from the town of Athlone. The Equestrian Center is proud to provide a safe experience and fun learning for adults and children.

They have hats, boots and body armor that you can borrow for your first lesson, but it is highly recommended that you get your own as soon as possible. Back protections are highly recommended for all riders. Gloves are highly recommended. Comfortable pants, jodhpurs ie essential. Shorts, skirts and leggings light are not allowed. There is a nearby upholstery where riding equipment can be purchased. www.athloneequestrian.ie/


Walking trails athlone Clubs: Walks are held every month and most of the time the first Sunday of each month (except holidays – 2nd Sunday and Saturday 2 does this year).

Pre-booking is essential for all walks and weekends for walking club phone. Phone 087 6805105 21 hours before the previous Wednesday to confirm the number of buses. Late bookers may have to bring their cars.
Walks usually involve 5 to 6 hours walking. Most walks are an easy way and a hard way to adapt to different standard walkers.
trails Many trails available around Athlone. Check online for more details as there are many more trails created and updated all the time. www.mapmywalk.com/ie/athlone-l/

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