Athlone is a historic town, located right in the centre of Ireland and built on the banks of the mighty River Shannon. Walking around feels like every building has a story, from the 12th-century castle to the 17th-century barracks & the 19th-century workhouse, a remnant from Famine-era Ireland.

Nearby Attractions

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The Burren Region
The Burren is a region of great environmental interest, showcasing limestone, lakes, and cliffs.
River Shannon
The longest river in Ireland.
Tullamore Distillery
It's an Irish whiskey distillery built by William Grant & Sons & officially opened in September 2014. It is the first new distillery constructed on a greenfield site in Ireland in over 100 years
Kilbeggan Distillery
Founded in 1757 is the oldest licensed distillery of its kind in Ireland.
Slane Village & Castle
Visit Slane Village which stands on a steep hill and the Slane Castle right beside the Boyne River.
Irish Countryside
Enjoy your scenic drive through the Irish countryside.

Related Tours

Private Whiskey Distillery Excursion
Spend a day sampling some of the finest whisky on this distillery tour! 

  • Meet your driver-guide at your hotel in the morning 
  • Venture to the Hidden Heartlands of Ireland and to the River Shannon 
  • Your first stop will be to Kilbeggan Distillery for a whiskey distillery tour
  • Next, travel west to Lough Ree, and enjoy a pub lunch (food not included in price)
  • Immerse yourself in the historical town of Athlone 
  • Visit the one of the oldest working pubs, Sean's Bar 
  • Return eastwards to Tullamore 
  • Spend time at Tullamore Dew Whiskey Distillery for a whiskey distillery tour
  • Be dropped off safely at your hotel upon your return to Dublin
After a leisurely breakfast your driver-guide will meet you at your hotel at 08.30hrs and bring you on a full day tour (9/10 hours) to the Hidden Heartlands of Ireland and to the river Shannon. Travelling into the centre of Ireland, your first stop will be to Kilbeggan Distillery for a guided tour. Kilbeggan Distillery produces Lockes Whiskey which has been on this site for a few centuries and boasts old machinery and traditions as you see the whiskey making process in full. 

Your route takes you a little further west to Lough Ree and a nice pub lunch in the sleepy little village of Glasson. After lunch, you will be brought into the historical town of Athlone where you can drop into Ireland's and possibly the oldest working pub in the world, 'Sean's Bar', which dates back to 901AD. Sean's Bar now boasts its own whiskey and you will learn a little about Lough Ree and its connection to the origins of whiskey making.  Passing by Athlone Castle and the River Shannon, you will return eastwards to Tullamore. 

Finally, you will visit the Tullamore Dew Whiskey Distillery. Enjoy a guided tour of this distillery and sample some whisky before returning to your hotel. 


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