From Lough Ree on the Shannon in the west, to the
shores of Lough Sheelin in the north-east and to Kinnegad
and the Royal Canal in the south, Westmeath
has an abundance of rivers, lakes and waterways. It is a paradise for angling, boating, cruising on the Shannon and watersports.
There is a wealth of trout and coarse fishing on lakes Owel, Ennell, Derravaragh, Ree and the River Shannon.
Lough Derravaragh in County Westmeath is said to have been one of the lakes in which the children of Lír lived for centuries after being transformed into swans by an evil spell cast by their stepmother.
Popular tourist attractions in Westmeath include Fore Abbey (an ancient monastery) and Belvedere House. Other attractions in the county include excellent golf courses, equestrian pursuits, tourist trails, genealogy and heritage holidays.
Visitors to Westmeath can enjoy many of the annual festivals such as the Athlone Trifest Festival or the Athlone Agricultural Show. A visit to Athlone Castle is also a must, where you can take an audio visual tour of the castle lasting approx 45 minutes.
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