Pedal your way through the very heart of Ireland on this delightful greenway. Alive with wildlife, your peaceful journey will be soundtracked by little other than birdsong and the whirr of the spokes on your bike. Entirely off-road and mostly flat, the Old Rail Trail Greenway is very safe for families and perfect for a leisurely cycle or stroll.
43kms in total, it traces the historic Midlands Great Western Railway track, past restored station houses and under pretty stone arched bridges. From Athlone to Mullingar, the greenway passes through areas of unique biodiversity and heritage.
Things to See and Do on the Old Rail Trail 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.
Royal Canal Greenway and Mullingar
The Old Rail Trail meets the Royal Canal Greenway at Ballinea and Newbrook. From here it’s just a short spin into Mullingar for a rest, refreshments, culture and craic.
The National Famine Way
A new 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 here.
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 (Buckleys), Mullingar (Outdoor Escape or Mullingar Bike Hire).
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 at www.VisitWestmeath.ie/Get-Outdoors
Mullingar – 1hr from Dublin on the M4
Athlone – 1hr 30mins from Dublin on the M4 and M6
Athlone to Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland
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