Fore Abbey in County Westmeath

Are you a lover of history? Or do you just love the plethora of castle ruins that rural Ireland has to offer? If so, look no further than Fore Abbey in County Westmeath! These ruins are situated in the north of the county, in the village of Fore, 5km from the town of Castlepollard. This beautiful site was founded by Saint Feichinn in the 7th century and housed hundreds of norman monks.

Where can I find Fore Abbey?

The Abbey is located in the northern part of Westmeath, close to the town of Castlepollard and 20 minutes driving distance from the County town of Mullingar, which is serviced by regular bus and rail links to Dublin.

Visitors can also learn all about the “Seven Wonders of Fore”, a famous local theory on what the castle was built upon. These include, “The River that flows uphill”, “The tree that won’t burn” and the “Anchorite in a cell”. For seasoned hikers, the site can be best viewed at the top of the hill across the road from the ruin. This side of the site also has a modern graveyard and church. The village of Fore has a number of amenities that visitors can choose from, including; A visitor centre, Shop, pubs, and Tea/Coffee facilities. So, if you are looking for a unique day out, full of beautiful scenery, history and local folklore, make sure to visit the famous Fore Abbey on your next day off!

  • Hotels nearby.
  • Driving is advised, as public transport is poor.
  • Restaurants and Cafes nearby.

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