Best Outdoor Spots for Families in Westmeath


With the unpredictability of Irish weather we have to grab the opportunities to get outdoors whenever we can.  So here’s some of the best places in Westmeath to get outdoors with kids and enjoy the fine scenery in the county.

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Donore Shore

lough ennell

Donone Shore near Multyfarnham on the shores of Lough Ennell is a great spot for a picnic.

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Westmeath Way

Try a section of the Westmeath Way, great for a family walk, especially the quieter sections along the Canal

Mullaghmeen Woods

mullaghmeen forest

Head up to Mullaghmeen Woods and take your pick between the many miles of forest trails to suit all abilities.

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There are 3 looped signposted cycle routes on roads around Mullingar.

Lough Owel, Lough Ennell and Lough Derravaragh

Westmeath is truly the Lake County – there are many attractive shores and activities based around Lough Owel, Lough Ennell and Lough Derravaragh.

Royal Canal

royal canal walk longford

The Royal Canal passes through many towns and villages, including Mullingar and Ballynacarrigy

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Lough Ree

To the west of the County is the shore of Lough Ree on the Shannon and the picturesque village of Glasson, as well as the town of Athlone.

Mullingar Playground

This is a great playground in the Mullingar town park, with leisure centre and all amenities nearby.

Coosan Point Playground

Just outside Athlone, it’s always hard to choose between feeding the ducks and going on the swings at Coosan Point Playground.

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Article written by Isla, mum of 2

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