The Old Rail Trail In Westmeath
The Old Rail Trail In Westmeath

The Old Rail Trail In Westmeath

Are you looking for something interesting to do on your next day off in the Midlands? Or are you a lover of railway history? If so, look no further than the Old Rail Trail in Co Westmeath. This cycling and walking trail is 4okm is in length, from the main towns of Mullingar and Athlone. The trail follows part of the old Midland Great Western Railway companies line from Dublin to Galway.

Where can I find the Old Rail Trail in Mullingar?

The track can be accessed via the Royal Canal Greenway in the Newbury end of the town. It can also be accessed close to the Forrest Park Industrial estate, and parking is available near this site.

This line is steeped in history, having originally opened in the 1850s, and, unfortunately, seized all passenger trains on the line in the late 80s and 90s. It laid in ruin for many years until recently being converted into a fully functional cycle track, alongside the original train line, which covers most of the county. Visitors can see some amazing countryside along the way, but, also see some of the original stations and railway paraphernalia. There are multiple bike rental companies across the county. So, what are you waiting for? Make the most of your day off,  and discover the Old Rail Trail in Westmeath!

  • Large towns on either end.
  • Bike rentals are available.
  • Historical sites along the way.
  • Children’s play parks/
  • Cafes, and local amenities.

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