Immerse yourself in local lore and the hidden history with Athlone tours

Taking a tour when you’re on holiday is a fabulous way to discover new tastes or new places and really get ‘under the skin’ of your destination. Athlone has some really interesting options to try; some are in the lovely medieval town, others explore the surrounding area of Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands. Try a brew or two, learn about whiskey while you walk, bottle your own malt or channel your inner Viking on the mighty River Shannon.


Six tours to choose from:


Historic Athlone hides many secrets within its ancient streets and Vincent of Athlone Guided Tours knows every single one. Athlone Guided Tours provide interesting, guided walking tours of Athlone which embrace the town’s history, folklore, industrial heritage and more. Enjoy local attractions and sites and hear intriguing stories from enthusiastic, local guides.  Walks can be tailored to suit interests, age and fitness levels. Contact Vincent on 0861963492 to book.


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On the wonderfully named Custume Quay lies Athlone’s only brewery and with unerring knowledge of his market, founder Liam Tutty also opened a pizzeria.  Dead Centre Brewing offer a combined experience which includes a tour, tasting and pizza of your choice. Learn about the process of brewing, the ingredients, the fermentation process, packaging, and cleaning before enjoying a tasting session of three Dead Centre beers. It’s in the heart of the town with glorious views of the River Shannon and Athlone Castle. Group sizes are limited to 6 and booking is essential. Email bookings@deadcentrebrewing.com for more info.


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Another enthralling tour is the Athlone Whiskey Walking tour led by Deirdre who has forgotten more about the amber nectar than most of us will ever know. Discover the fascinating 270 year history of distilling and brewing in Athlone. Hear about the distillers, brewers and town bailiffs of the past, who owned these thriving establishments years ago and visit the historical sites where they once operated. Of course there’s also a chance to sample three whiskeys from the Midlands region along with a locally handcrafted chocolate to complement the tipple. For more information and updates visit athlonewhiskeytours.ie


Heart of Ireland Tours offer bespoke, ready to go and customisable day and multi-day tours for you to start your adventure and explore Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands. Base yourself in Athlone and take the family on an exciting day tour which will show you all Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands has to offer. Your memorable trip will encapsulate the intriguing heritage, beautiful landscape and fun activities on offer. For more information visit heartofirelandtours.ie


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How would you like to step back in time and sail with the Vikings? Join Viking Mike on his historic boat and take to the river with Viking Tours Ireland. Choose from cruising up the River Shannon to Lough Ree, the Lake of the Kings, or downriver to the historic and fascinating monastic site of Clonmacnoise. Listen to tales of local lore and fascinating history while you watch the flora, birdlife and acquatic life on the river and lake. Viking Tours are reopening in August so keep an eye on the website for the latest updates and for bookings – vikingtoursireland.ie


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Or plan your own route and hire a boat to explore Ireland’s magical inland waterways. Cruise Ireland offer an extensive fleet of two to ten berth cruisers for anyone looking to embark on a boating holiday. They can provide information on activities to do when you go ashore as well as suggesting a variety of itineraries to ensure it is an unforgettable experience for all the family. For more information visit cruise-ireland.com


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