The River Shannon which divides the town - is a major attraction, offering fishing and boating experiences..
Just a few miles down river from Athlone is the monastic settlement at Clonmacnoise. The settlement dates back to St. Ciaran who founded the first monastery in 546..
3. South of Clonmacnoise
Below the monastic settlement there are a number of small villages, river crossings, castles and churches which are worth visiting..
4. Lough Ree
Just north of the town of Athlone lies Lough Ree - the lough is navigable and provides excellent fishing opportunities..
Birr Castle and town have been associated with Astronomy since 1845 when the Leviathan telescope was built..