Westmeath - 26 Attractions You Must Visit
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County Westmeath is a county in Ireland. It is in the province of Leinster and is part of the Midlands Region. It originally formed part of the historic Kingdom of Meath. There are so many things to see and do here and also it is famous for its natural beauty.
Attractions in Westmeath
A majestic Roman Catholic cathedral located in Mullingar.The cathedral, which boasts a beautiful modernised Renaissance style, opened in 1936 and is the seat of the Bishop of Meath.The cathedral is both the cathedral church of the diocese of Meath and the principal centre of worship in the catholic parish of Mullingar, including parts of counties Meath and Westmeath.
The Church of Saints Peter and Paul, Athlone is a Roman Catholic parish church situated in the town of Athlone, County Westmeath. The church was constructed between 1932–39, and stands on the banks of the River Shannon.It is notable for its stained glass windows, produced in the Harry Clarke workshop by Richard King.
Delvin Castle was built in 1310 by Sir Gilbert de Nugenton who was brother-in-law to Hugh de Lacy, Lord of Meath.The castle originally consisted of a central rectangular block with a five storey circular tower on each corner. Only half of the structure remains today as the north east section (including towers) was demolished many years ago. A private house and a shop now occupy the northern section of the site.
This majestic christian monastry was founded by St Feichin in 630AD. Unfortunately, the only remaining pre-Norman building is St Feichin's Church, which was built in the 12th century, on the foundation of an earlier structure. The site is referenced in the Annals of Inisfallen (AI) as "Repose of Fechtnach of Fobar".
Inchmore is an island and townland located in Lough Ree in County Westmeath, Ireland. It is in the civil parish of Bunown. The island, which consists of 132 acres, is the largest in Lough Ree. A ring fort is located at the south end. The island is now uninhabited, however a ruined monastery attributed to St. Lioban (or Liberius), the son of Lossenus shows evidence of previous habitation.
The Jealous Wall was built c. 1760 as a result of a quarrel between Robert Rochfort and another brother George, the owner of nearby Rochfort House , now, alas a melancholy ruin. The Wall was built between the two houses as an artificial ruin of an abbey so as to exclude from Robert’s view the sight of his brother’s residence of which he was jealous.
Killinure Lough is a lake in County Westmeath, Ireland, which feeds into Lough Ree on the Shannon. The lough is a brown trout and eel fishery. It is also one of the beautiful picnic location in this area and there are also so many things to see and do here.
The ancestral home of the Chapman Family who were granted the lands around Killua in 1667 as payment for services during the Cromwellian invasion of Ireland. The present house was built in about 1780 by Sir Benjamin Chapman and consisted of a hall, dining room, oval drawing room, breakfast parlour and front and back stairs. There was also a stable yard, barn and haggard.
Knockeyon is a hill in County Westmeath, Ireland in the townland of Streamstown. When viewed from the Ranaghan, and Gillardstown side of the hill, it dominates the surrounding lakes in the countryside of northern County Westmeath. The chimney of the cement works in Duleek near Drogheda can be seen on a clear day due west, as well as Slieve Gullion in Co. Down and the Mourne Mountains beyond to the north east.
Lough Derravaragh is a lake in County Westmeath, Ireland, north of Mullingar between Castlepollard, Crookedwood and Multyfarnham.This long, shallow lake is best known through its association with the Irish legend of The Children of Lir. Lough Derravaragh is also known as one of Ireland’s most important inland lakes for wintering waterfowl. It is a popular lake for angling and other watersports.
A beautiful lake near the town of Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland. The lake is part of the Lough Ennell Special Protection Area. It is 6.5 km long by 2 km wide, with an area of about 12 km2. Lough Ennell has a large area of shallow water with nearly two-thirds of its area being less than 25 feet (8 m) and almost half of it being under 10 ft deep. The lake produced Ireland's largest ever lake brown trout at 26 lbs.
Lough Iron is a small lake on the River Inny, in County Westmeath, Ireland. A long and narrow lake, about 4 kilometers in length, it lies downstream from Lough Derravaragh, close to Lough Owel. It is a renowned bird and wildlife sanctuary, and also known for its coarse fishing. The level of the lake has dropped dramatically since the 1960s due to drainage of the Inny; this has led to the development of freshwater marshes on large areas of the lake bed.
Lough Lene is situated in North Westmeath between the villages of Castlepollard and Collinstown. It has a rich and varied history. As well as the existence of prehistoric burial sites, Lough Lene also has claims to being the home to Kings and Vikings. The lake is described in Lewis's Topographical as being an irregular oval shape, possibly 3.2 km long by 1.7 km broad.
Lough Owel is a mesotrophic lough in the Midlands of Ireland, situated north of Mullingar, the county town of Westmeath. It has a maximum depth of 21 metres. Water from Lough Owel feeds the Royal Canal, a canal crossing Ireland from Dublin to the River Shannon. The lake is close to the N4 primary road.
Mortimer's Castle is a castle and National Monument located in County Westmeath, Ireland. A large Anglo-Norman castle stood on the site, 52 m × 125 m in dimensions. The remains of a two-storey stone tower are in the northwest corner. It is located on the east bank of Lough Derravaragh, 4.4 km southwest of Castlepollard.
This is a ruined castle located near the village of Moydrum not far from the town of Athlone in County Westmeath. Built around the 1810s by architect Richard Morrisson, the building is a fine example of Gothic and Renaissance style. An iconic location for a short visit and there are so many things to see and do in and around this castle.
This is an solated area of forest rising above the farm land of north Westmeath. Mullaghmeen Forest is the largest planted beech forest in Ireland. Along with beech, within its 400 ha of forest. The Red Trail takes you to the summit of Mullaghmeen and provides magnificent views north across Lough Sheelin and into the neighbouring county of Cavan.
A beautiful public park situated in the centre of Mullingar, a town in County Westmeath, Ireland. The park includes a wide variety of playgrounds, a swimming pool and a large pond near the centre. On 22 July 2016, the park became one of 22 public spaces in Ireland to be awarded a Green Flag.