Top things to do in Athlone – Where to Begin!
Athlone is a fantastic town to view on foot but with so many varied things to do, it can feel as though you don’t know where to start!
So if you’re a first-time visitor to Athlone, the below top things to do in Athlone will give you a snapshot of where to begin on your journey.
Marvel at Athlone Castle
If there’s any landmark in Athlone that will immediately capture your attention, it’s Athlone Castle. Standing proudly on the banks of the River Shannon, this 13th century castle is simply beautiful and begs to be explored! If you’re looking to get the perfect Instagram snaps in Athlone, the view from the castle is breathtaking and offers stunning views over the River Shannon.
Explore the Luan Gallery
This beautiful art gallery is located directly across from the castle and showcases the most interesting artists from the Midlands, Ireland and even abroad. Both contemporary and traditional art can be seen, featuring work of both established and emerging artists. Well worth a visit.
Take a River Shannon Cruise
An excellent seasonal activity, seeing Athlone unfold before you on the Viking Ship is a fantastic experience. Learn interesting facts about the history of Athlone and cruise past some of the most stunning scenery. If your in town on Sunday 31st May 2020, you can go one step further and enjoy a Viking Whiskey Cruise. You will learn all about Viking hoards, high kings, big battles and saintly scholars, while you will journey through a unique selection of local whiskeys from the Midland’s region. A unique experience, not to be missed.
Enjoy a Whiskey Walking Tour
Why not join the Athlone Whiskey Walking Tour, where you will fully discover the centuries-old tradition of whiskey production in Athlone that encapsulates over 270 years of whiskey heritage and of course, enjoy a few local tipples along the way! The perfect afternoon activity for both whiskey enthusiasts and novices alike!
Experience the Nightlife in Athlone
After a day of sightseeing, what better way to let loose than to experience the bar scene in Athlone. Pick up a map of the Athlone Whiskey Trail at a participating venue and away you go! The trail is comprised of a collection of venues in Athlone, who are passionate about their native spirit and stock a wide variety of whiskeys. All venues offer a special Whiskey Trail Treat to visitors who are following the trail.
Savour some Local Organic Produce
Finally, for a uniquely local experience, why not pop into Lowe & Co Organic Grocer and General Store located on the west side on town. The store offers ethical, organic and community produce and is a haven for foodies and locals alike! Whether you’re looking to take home some high-quality local foods from Athlone or just relax with a coffee, you’ll find it all here.