The Westmeath Way is a fabulous nature trail running through the heart of County Westmeath, taking in a delightful variety of unique landscapes, from tranquil woodlands, lakes and riverside glades to farmland, canal paths and even the occasional bog.
Enjoy the gentle gradient as you depart from peaceful Kilbeggan town, known for its whiskey and horse racing, making your way along a mixture of paths that includes riverbanks along the River Brosna and forest trails, as well as some stretches of busy, tarmac roads.
There’s an unmatched sense of isolation and serenity to be found on this mostly well-signposted route, particularly near the ruins along the River Dysart and at the scenic lakeshore of Lough Ennell, at Lilliput.
End your journey with a well-earned pint in lively Mullingar, or continue your adventure by joining one of several trails that lead off from there.
- If the town of Lilliput sounds familiar to you, it’s probably because it’s the very town where it’s said that children’s book author Jonathan Swift once stayed with friends, going on to name his fantasy island in his famous novel, Gulliver’s Travels, after the lakeside locale.
- In Mullingar, be sure to pay a visit to the Hill of Uisneach, the geographical centre of Ireland.
- **Please note that there is currently no access over the private property between Ladestown and Keoltown Wood until further notice.
The route starts behind Kilbeggan Distillery Museum.