You are in the ideal location for a walking holiday in Athlone, Ireland. Whether you want a short 30 minute walk around Glasson Lakehouse, our Golf Course and Marina or a full day experience, Glasson Lakehouse is perfectly positioned to experience everything the Lakeland walking trails have to offer. Our team can provide you with a Glasson Lakehouse Walking pack, which includes maps, a picnic, walking sticks and picnic blanket.
Local walks include
1. Portlick Millennium Forest, Glasson , Whinning Peninsula.
This is 5km (1.25 hours) walk with shorter alternatives. the woodland walk, with native trees and attractive and varied views of Lough Ree. There is a ruin near the south-west limit of this walk.
Directions: From Glasson Lakehouse entrance turn right. Continue on the road (approx 1km) until you see a turn on your left for Portlick, follow directions for Portlick Amenity Area until you reach the car park on the north shore of Rinardoo Bay. More Info.
2. New Castlewood, Ballymahon.
325 acres of Coillte forest, three gentle walks with views of Lough Inny. Walks 10min/40min and 1 hour 40min. Glasson to Ballymahon is 15min by car. More Info
3. Derrycassin Woods, Longford.
179 acres with three marked trails – “Nature Trail”, “Walled Garden Walk” and “Main Avenue Walk” 25min/45min and 1 hour walks with woodland, river and lake views. Glasson to Ballinalee by car: 45mins. More Info
4. Athlone Historical Walks – Leinster Walk.
This is a pleasant 2km walk that takes you through winding streets with glimpses of the River Shannon. It is a walk steeped in history.
Route: Starting at the jetty just above the bridge on the Leinster side, leave the jetty and turn right on Abbey Road. Continue to Northgate Street and turn right towards the centre of town. Walking up Northgate Street, take a short detour along Lucas Court to the remains of the old town wall.
Return to Northgate Street and continue towards the centre of the town, turning left into Court Devenish to the Jacobean house known as Court Devenish. Continue along Court Devenish to Church Street. Proceed diagonally right across Church Street and walk to the quay downstream from the Bridge of Athlone. Proceed along the quay to Friary Lane. Walk up the lane past the Friary – a most attractive church.
At the top of Friary Lane, across Church Street, is St. Mary’s Church (Church of Ireland). Turn right and walk to Athlone’s second St. Mary’s Church, exploring The Bawn on the way. After visiting the church, retrace your steps about 100m and turn right into Garden Vale. Follow the road to the railway station, taking the left fork at the roundabout. Continue past the railway station back to Northgate Street and return to the jetty.
5. Athlone Historical Walks – Connaught Walk
This interesting walk is 3km in distance and takes in the castle, the magnificent River Shannon, and many interesting buildings and colourful streets along the way.
Route:Starting at the bridge in the centre of Athlone Town, cross the Bridge of Athlone and visit the castle. Leave the castle and proceed north along the river, passing the Church of St. Peter and Paul, the town library, a memorial to Count John McCormack, Costume Barracks, and Athlone Boat Club. Proceed under the impressive railway bridge, follow the road round to the left, pass the old railway station, and continue to the traffic lights.
Turn left onto Magazine Road. This road runs parallel to the disused canal that was used prior to completion of the works necessary to route the navigation along the main river channel. At Battery Bridge, take the left fork and proceed along Connaught Street.
Continue along O’Connell Street and Chapel Street, passing the Dean Crowe Memorial Hall on the right. Just after the hall, turn left into Excise Street. At the end of Excise Street, follow the road left into Fry Place, the centre of Athlone’s ‘left bank’ district. Take the first turn right and walk to the river. Turn left and proceed back to the jetty.