Westmeath's ‘compelling stories and magical landscapes' a valuable asset
With 7,000 years of history and heritage and “a mythical, magical landscape to stun the senses”, there is something for every visitor to Westmeath to enjoy.
That's the message of Westmeath's dedicated new tourism website, Visit Westmeath, which has officially launched.
The new website offers a comprehensive guide to all that Westmeath offers, from medieval castles and heritage sites to outdoor activities, festivals, and lots more.
Dedicated sections on the website offer information on Westmeath's Greenways and walking trails, river and lake activities, heritage and history, gardens, culture and arts, traditional music, tours and storytellers, and even local craftspeople.
Those planning a trip to the Lake County can visit the 'Plan your Visit' section for some sample itineraries which include helpful maps and suggestions for daily activities, and the 'Eat and Sleep' section for a list of hotels and other accommodation, restaurants and cafés.
The website also features up-to-date information on festivals and events taking place across the county, such as the Easter Treasure Trail at Belvedere House and Gardens, All American Car, Truck and Bike Show in Kilbeggan, and the Bealtaine Fire Celebration at the Hill of Uisneach.
There are also links to athlone.ie, mullingar.ie, and the Fáílte Ireland tourism brands which cover Westmeath - Ireland's Ancient East and Ireland's Hidden Heartlands.
The Visit Westmeath website is managed by Westmeath County Council. According to a council spokesperson, “spectacular countryside, friendly people, and welcoming locations make Westmeath an ideal setting for many events and pursuits".
“Every striking landscape is steeped with ancient stories of great kings, valiant heroes, epic deeds, sorcery and unspeakable loss through the deceit, betrayal and treachery that accompanies the greatest of our legends.
"The Children of Lir, the Hill of Uisneach - the mythological and sacred centre of Ireland and Fore Abbey are just some of the unique assets of the county.
“When combined with outstanding visitor attractions such as Athlone Castle, Belvedere House, Kilbeggan Distillery Experience, Tullynally Castle Gardens, Dún na Sí Heritage and Amenity Park and great places to stay, socialise and shop, we offer compelling stories and great visitor experiences.”