Log in  | New? Register or use
Planning a trip to Ireland?

Counties of Ireland - Westmeath

8,426,099 County Westmeath Diaspora around the world

Keep me informed about County Westmeath online & offline events

Coat of arms for County Westmeath

Coat of arms for County Westmeath

If you've ever lingered over a juicy Irish steak, chances are, it came from Co. Westmeath. Ostensibly the agricultural beating heart of Ireland, some 200,000 cattle are raised on Westmeath?s lush grass each year. The cows also play an important role in protecting the grasslands and wildlife surrounding the Bog of Allen, a vast peat bog that covers a large portion of western Westmeath.

Cows and bogs aside, Westmeath, like any good Midlands county, has lots going on in the nature department. Anglers come from all over the world to fish in Westmeath?s pristine lakes and rushing rivers. Lough Ree, one of the largest Midlands lakes, makes up Westmeath?s southwestern border along the River Shannon. The lake is big enough for sailing and is even home to the second oldest sailing club in the world, Rough Rea, founded in 1770. Several other lakes dot the county, including Lough Ennell (not far from the county town, Mullingar) and Lough Derravaragh to the northeast.

The town of Athlone is considered the largest and most happening town on the River Shannon, although most locals still opt to drive the short 120 km into Dublin or 85 km to Galway for a proper night out. The town is growing thanks to the likes of Élan Corporation, a multinational pharmaceutical company based here.

Tullynally Castle is a spectacular Georgian mansion just outside Castlepollard, and one of the few Irish castles still owned and inhabited by the original family. Meanwhile, Locke?s Distillery in Kilbeggan prides itself on being perhaps the oldest and one of the last remaining pot whiskey distilleries in the world. Of course, Locke?s doesn?t actually produce any whiskey anymore, but it is open to the public as a museum about small pot distilling and Irish whiskey (relax – they?ve got a whiskey bar, too).

Locke's Distillery

Locke's Distillery is the last remaining example of a small pot still whiskey distillery in Ireland.

Egan's Pub, Moath

Egan's Pub, Moath

Belvedere House, Westmeath

Belvedere House, Westmeath

Glasson Westmeath

Glasson, Westmeath

Our list of '101-Must-Visit' Locations

Our team of researchers and genealogists at has put together the following '101-Must-Visit' locations and trips for you for Westmeath. We only pick the best locations to visit, dine in or stay at, and the best ancestral research resources we can find in that area. Enjoy!


No Comments yet.

New Comment

Top 20 Surnames from Westmeath

Can't see your surname here? Check for your region of origin here:

8 Day Westmeath Region and Best of Ireland Tour
€2,239 - 7 Nights | 5 Star
Look beyond the amazing landscape Ireland has to offer and launch your own personal journey to the heart of Ireland with experiences crafted around your interests. Find out more »
Westmeath Irish 4 Day Getaway
€989 - 3 Nights | 5 Star
Step back in time. Step forward in your understanding of who you think you are. Get a taste of what is at the essence of Ireland. Find out more »
Cultural Map of Ireland
Family Coat of Arms Generator

Why not see what your family crest could look like based on your own family characteristics?

Create Crest
Kids Language T-Shirts

Just for kids (ages 3 - 10), we have fun t-shirts to help seed an awareness of a new language.

Order Now