Enjoy the fresh air and explore the trail

Pedal or stroll your way through the most beautiful and peaceful landscapes of Ireland’s Midlands Tracing the historic Great Western Railway route, you’ll pass restored station houses and feel dwarfed by the majestic stone-arched bridges. From the River Shannon in Athlone to the Royal Canal in Mullingar.


Things to See and Do on the Greenway:

Athlone Castle Visitor Centre
Before you hop on a bike, take a stroll along the Shannon banks to Athlone Castle. Climb the steps to the castle keep and enjoy panoramic views across the majestic river or climb higher still to the castle battlements and look across the rooftops of the entire town. Take a step back in history and discover the ancient stories through swords, cannon balls, stunning sculptures and interactive displays at the Visitor Centre.

Dún na Sí Amenity and Heritage Park, Moate
This must-see attraction is directly accessible from the greenway at Moate. Features include a fantastic playground, outdoor art displays, guided heritage tours and genealogy as well as a great locally run café with outdoor seating overlooking the park and play areas. Enjoy the walking and cycling trails through a wetland nature reserve and planted parkland or unwind with traditional Irish music and dance.

Jack’s Stop Café at Streamstown
Enjoy lunch or a tasty snack at this restored railway station, with outdoor seating and a fantastic playground.

Royal Canal Greenway and Mullingar
On reaching Mullingar, join Irleand’s Longest Greenway for a scenic 130km walk or cycle alongside the historic 225-year-old canal.

The National Famine Way
This interactive historic trail following the footsteps of 1490 Famine Emigrants, who walked 165 km from Strokestown to board ships at Dublin’s docks during the Great Irish Famine. The journey can be enjoyed by walkers and cyclists with its fascinating local history brought to life. Download the Passport Guide & Audio App at www.nationalfamineway.ie

  • Athlone Castle Visitor Centre
  • Dún na Sí Amenity and Heritage Park, Moate
  • Royal Canal Greenway and Mullingar
  • Off road and safe for children
  • Parks and Playgrounds located en-route in Athlone (Regional Sports Centre), Moate (Dún na Sí Amenity and Heritage Park), Streamstown, Ballinea and Mullingar (Town Park)
  • Cafés located en-route in Athlone, Moate, Streamstown and Mullingar

Opening Times

Open 7 days per week, 365 days per year.



Cycling or walking the Old Rail Trail Greenway is FREE! Bring your own bike or hire one from Athlone (Moby Bkes),  Mullingar (Outdoor Escape or Mullingar Bike Hire).

Useful Information

Options for rest, refreshments and lots to do are available in Athlone, Moate, Streamstown and Mullingar en-route.

Athlone Tourist Information Office, Grounds of Athlone Castle, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. See www.athlone.ie for further details.

Mullingar Discover Ireland Centre, Market Square, Commons, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. See www.mullingar.ie for further details.

Bike hire is available from providers in Athlone and Mullingar. Find out more here

Getting There

Mullingar – 1hr from Dublin on the M4

Athlone – 1hr 30mins from Dublin on the M4 and M6


Map Location: 53.428034, -7.931618
Contact The Old Rail Trail Greenway

Athlone to Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland

T: +353 (0)44 933 2000
W: www.VisitWestmeath.ie
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