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Attractions

Glasson Village restaurantThe quaint village of Glasson which is replete with old world charm, is located near the eastern banks of Lough Ree. Also known as the "Village of Roses" it is at its best in summer with roses in bloom but even in winter it has hostelries where one can spend many a happy hour. Within walking distance are three award-winning restaurants.

Glasson is also a major player in Westmeath's celebrated "Goldsmith Country" and was the subject of Oliver Goldsmith's poem "The Deserted Village".

Less than 2 miles from Glasson at Kilkenny West is a hill regarded as the geographical centre of Ireland and topped by a round domed tower - known as the Pinnacle - built in 1769.

GrogansGlasson is situated close to Lough Ree which is a haven for fishing, boating and sailing, in fact Lough Ree Yacht Club founded in 1770 is the second oldest yacht club in the world.

The Fatted Calf restaurant Glasson

There is something for everyone on the established walks around Glasson, whether you simply want to enjoy the beauty of nature or find subjects for photography you will not be disappointed. There is an ample scope for the artist, the antiquarian or the wild flower enthusiast to explore the lakeshore and be well rewarded for time spent.

Things to Do While Staying at "Glasson Stone Lodge"

Golfing

Glasson Golf ClubGlasson Golf Course (5 mins) Surrounded on three sides by Lough Ree, the views from everywhere on the course are breathtaking. Glasson has established a reputation as being one of the most scenic and challening courses in Irish golf.

Mount Temple Golf Course (10 mins) A superb 18-hole championship course, traditional in style built on a dry natural esker based site.

Athlone Golf Course (15 mins) Excellent golf on an excellent mature course.

There are many more courses within a 30 minute drive.

Walking

Glasson Craft GalleryWalking around Glasson is a must for anyone staying at Glasson Stone Lodge. Enjoy the Glasson Trail which is signposted along the road and takes you through villages and unspoiled countryside. It lets you admire from a height at Ballykeeran the majestic inner lakes. Or experience the quiet secluded walk through the bog with no disturbances from traffic just the singing of birds and experience traditional turf (peat) cutting.

Boating on the Shannon

Boat hire is available locally. This is a unique experience and one does not have to be experienced to take part. Boats which are available for hire, vary from small row boats to large cruisers.

Fishing

The River Shannon and Lough Ree is noted for its large Pike and there is good Trout fishing throughout the season. The inner lakes hold an abundance of Bream, Perch, Rudd, Roach and Tench.

Good river fishing is also available along the River Inny, north of Glasson and the Brosna which offers wet and dry fly fishing for trout of 2-3 lbs with occasional specimens up to 8 lbs.

Bird Watching

The following birds can be found at Portlick Millennium Forest.
Terrestrial - Blackbird, Blackcap, Blue Tit, Chaffinch, Chiff Chaff, Coat Tit, Dunnock, Goldcrest, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Pheasant, Reed Bunting, Robin, Rook, Song Thrush (Swallow), Willow Warbler, Wood Pigeon, Wren, Tree Creeper, Magpie, Mistle Thrush, Finnet, Hooded Crow.
Aquatic - Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Tufted Duck, Coot, Heron, Mallard, Whoofer Swan, Black Headed Gull, Mute Swan, Redshank (wader), Lapwing (land), Moorhen, Artic Tern.

Places of Interest

Athlone

Just 8 kilometres away, Athlone is our nearest town. It has an abundance of interesting tourist attractions.

Athlone Castle Visitor Centre

Dominating the town of Athlone, this Norman Castle has panoramic views of the River Shannon. Features include exhibitions on the siege of Athlone, life of John McCormack, Shannon wildlife, folklore and military museums.

Clonmacnoise (20 mins drive)

ClonmacnoiseClonmacnoise, a most precious Irish jewel is an early Christian site founded by Saint Ciaran in the 6th century on the banks of the River Shannon. The site includes the ruins of a cathedral, eight churches (10th-18th century), two round towers, three high crosses and a large collection of early Christian grave slabs. The original high crosses and grave slabs are on display in the visitor centre. There is an audio-visual show as well as a number of exhibitions.

 

Belvedere House and Gardens (30 mins drive)

A magnificent early 18th century stately home stands on
160 acres of parkland on the shores of Lough Ennell and
has recently been restored and is open to the public
7 days a week from April to October.

Corlea Trackway Visitors Centre (30 mins drive)

This is an iron age bog road which was built in 148 BC across the boglands close to the River Shannon. The road is the longest of its kind to have been uncovered in Europe and was excavated over the years by Professor Barry Rafferty, U.C.D. Inside the building an 18 metre stretch of preserved bog is on permanent display in a specially designed hall. Guided tours on the hour.

Locke's Distillery Museum (30 mins drive)


Lockes Distillery MuseumLocke's Distillery, believed to be the oldest licensed pot still distillery in the world. Licensed in 1757, Locke's produced whiskey for over 200 years. A guided tour through the only small pot still left in Ireland is provided following the process from grinding of the grain right through to casking of the whiskey.