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Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands

Discover Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands with a break away to Athlone Springs. Explore all the heartlands on the banks of the River Shannon have to offer. From watersports, scenic greenways and riverside walks, we have it all covered.

Day 1 - Athlone Town, Old Rail Greenway

5 minutes from Athlone Springs Hotel


On your arrival to Athlone town, take some time to explore the town and discover the unique cafes, gift shops and restaurants located around the town. Athlone Castle is located in the heart of the town and features interactive exhibits with interesting local history from Anglo-Norman times. For a real family adventure, check out the Old Trail Greenway starting from the Marina. Hire a bike locally and enjoy a leisurely cycle along the old western railway. This route is generally flat with only gentle slopes making it easy for all the family to enjoy. After your day touring the scenic countryside, return to the comfort of Athlone Springs and take a well-deserved soak in the Jacuzzi in our Leisure Club, complimentary for you as our guest.

Day 2 - Bay Sports

10 minutes from Athlone Springs Hotel


After a delicious breakfast in our Cedar Restaurant, get ready for a day of activity on Lough Ree with a trip to Bay Sports, Ireland’s largest inflatable water park, located just ten minutes from our doors. Book your tickets in advance, it gets busy during the summer season. They host the largest collection of inflatable slides, rockers and challenges to keep the whole family entertained for hours. They even have a junior inflatable section for younger guests so there truly is something here for everyone. They also offer other water activities such as kayaking, pedal boating, dragon boat racing, rafting and boat racing. If you’re looking for a fun filled family day out, look no further than here. When you return to the hotel that evening, your appetite will soon be satisfied with a delicious meal in the Cedar Brasserie and why not sample one of our cocktails while you’re here?

Day 3 - Portumna Castle & Gardens

45 minutes from Athlone Springs Hotel


As you bid farewell to Athlone Springs, there are plenty of amazing attractions to look forward to as you journey southwards in the Hidden Heartlands. Along your way, we highly recommend stopping off in the beautiful town of Portumna, county Galway to see the famous Portumna Castle & Gardens. The ground floor is open to the public for self guided tours to learn more about this majestic building from the 1600s. The walled gardens surrounding the castle provide the perfect setting for a lunch time picnic. Why not make your next stop to our sister hotel less than an hour away, Castle Oaks House Hotel in county Limerick. Enjoy the old-world charm of this gorgeous hotel and rest in comfort on the banks of the river Shannon.