Westmeath is situated in the heart of the midlands of Ireland, rich in scenic beauty and historical significance it is definitely a must visit area for anyone who’s travelling to Ireland. The area is famous for its many waterways which provide an endless amount of activities. Athlone, where our Europcar office is located, is the industrial and commercial capital of the midlands.
Europcar Athlone is located at the Athlone Motorpark in Monksland. Our location can cater to leisure customers and business customers, availing of the flexible short, medium and long term business fleet management service offered by Europcar and customers renting a van.
Water is plentiful in County Westmeath and the many lakes and rivers contribute immensely to the natural beauty in the area. Lough Derravaragh is the largest lake in the county, its waters stretching 8 kilometers in length. The lake is a fantastic spot for lovers of water based activities to visit as there is ample fishing, cruising, sailing, and canoeing to avail of. Although smaller in size Lough Ree and the Mullingar Lakes provide even more spots of beauty and much of the same activities can be found here.
Tourist attractions in the area include the Mullingar Bronze and Pewter Studio and Lockes Distillery. The Mullingar Bronze and Pewter Studio is one of the finest craft centres in the whole of Ireland. Located in Mullingar under an hour away from Navan. Here you’ll be treated to a fascinating insight into the secrets, skills, and magic that are mixed to produce fantastic pieces dating back over 800 years. Lockes Distillery is located in Kilbeggan, an hours’ drive in the same direction from Navan, is internationally reputed for producing some of the best whiskey in the country. The distillery is the oldest continually licensed establishment of its kind in Ireland and on site you’ll find fantastic tours of their facilities on offer.
Athlone Town itself is a place of chock full of picturesque scenes with plenty of things to see and do for visitors in the area. The history of the town stretches back to the 12th century when a bridge was built to cross the River Shannon, this location became of upmost strategic importance as the river was impassible for miles in all directions, thus being known as “the gateway to the West”. To protect the strategic bridge a fort was built which evolved through the years into the majestic Athlone Castle which is open to visitors today. South of Athlone you’ll find even more history in Clonmacnoise, here stands the ruins of a monastery that dates back to 546 AD.