Westmeath is located in the centre of Ireland, it is stocked full of heritage and beauty. It is a site of great importance in regard to ancient Ireland. Famous for its lakes and rivers Westmeath has a lot to offer to visitors. Its’ two major towns are Athlone and Mullingar, Athlone is the industrial and commercial capital of the midlands.
Lough Derravaragh is the largest lake in Westmeath, stretching 8 kilometres long and is a fantastic spot for visitors interested in fishing, cruising and sailing. Derravaragh is just one of many beautiful sites for water activities as the River Shannon can be found in the county as well as many other lakes such as Lough Ree and the Mullingar Lakes. These locations are internationally renowned for trout, perch and especially pike fishing. The Irish myth, ‘The Children of Lir’, is said to have taken place on Lough Derravaragh, and is an alluring site for those interested in Irish mythology.
The Mullingar Bronze and Pewter Studio is one of Ireland’s finest craft centres in the country. A must see for those interested in uncovering a forgotten time by learning about the hidden secrets, skills and magic mixed to create products which date back over 800 years.
Westmeath has a well-deserved international reputation for whiskey, stemming from the Lockes Distillery in Kilbeggan, the oldest continually licensed distillery in Ireland. There are tours available of the facility and are surely a must see for whiskey lovers and others alike.
Athlone Town Centre is a picturesque town with many popular tourist attractions, both on land and on water. The history of Athlone started during the 12th Century when a bridge was first built to cross the river. To protect the bridge a fort was then constructed, which evolved into the Athlone Castle you see today. To the South of Athlone is Clonmacnoise, a monastery founded in 546, the ruins of which are still standing today and is well worth a visit. There are of course many pubs and restaurants to be found throughout Athlone town.
Europcar Athlone is located at the Athlone Motorpark in Monksland. Our location can cater to leisure customers and business customers, availing of the flexible short, medium and long term business fleet management service offered by Europcar and customers renting a van.
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