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Tullynally Castle
Tullynally Castle has been home of the Pakenham family, Earls of Longford, since the 17th century. It is still lived in as the family home of Thomas and Valerie Pakenham. The interiors, part Georgian, part Gothic revival, have a fine collection of furniture and pictures. The guided tours also take in the splendid Victorian kitchens and laundries, complete with all their equipment.

The gardens, like the castle are on a magnificent scale, taking in nearly 12 hectares. Terraced lawns around the castle overlook superb 18th century parkland. The adjoining woodland gardens and walled gardens date largely from the early 19th century and encompass a grotto of eroded limestone from nearby Lough Derravaragh and two ornamental lakes. The present owners have added a Chinese garden, complete with pagoda and a Tibetan garden of waterfalls and streams; and a local sculptor has made fantastic woodcarvings in existing roots and trees. The walled gardens have extensive flower borders and an avenue of magnificent 200 year old Irish yews.

For children, there is also an Adventure Trail leading to the lower lake, and for those who wish to take the gardens more slowly, there is an assortment of delightful, ornamental summer houses and seats, each offering a different view.

 
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Fore Abbey

The village of Fore is in a valley between two hills. Here you will see the ancient ruins of a Christian monastery. Fore is “the town of the springs” and was named after St. Fechin’s spring, which is beside the old church. It was St. Fechin who founded the ancient Fore Abbey around 630 A.D. By 665 A.D. (the time of the yellow plague) there were 300 monks living in the community. Between 771 and 1169 A.D. Fore was burnt 12 times. An important aspect of Fore is the “Fore Crosses” one of which is in the village of Fore. There are 18 crosses; some crosses are plain whilst others are carved. These are spread out over 10km on roadways and in fields and beared witness to religious persecution during penal times. Over looking Lough Lene is Slieveboy hill and “Gallagher’s Moteens” which are Bronze Age graves. These are Cist graves, which succeeded the Communal burial chambers of the New Stone Age.

 
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St. Fechin is known for performing miracles, which are known as the “7 Wonders of Fore”:
1) Monastery was built on a bog
2) Mill that had no water so St. Fechin touched it and water poured out. Mill was used as late as 1875
3) Tree that won’t burn which refers to 3 branches that represent the trinity
4) Water that won’t boil refers to the water in St. Fechin’s well
5) Anchorite in a stone refers to the Hermits who occupied the Anchorite’s cell, the last occupant dwelt here in 1616.
6) Water flows uphill refers to an underground flow of water which appears to flow uphill
7) Stone raised by St. Fechin’s prayers refers to a stone above the doorway of St. Fechin’s Church that he supposedly raised

Fore Abbey is located near the village of Fore which is 4 km east of Castlepollard in County Westmeath.

 

 
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  Admission Prices: Free
Opening Times: Open all year
Address: Fore, County Westmeath, Republic Of Ireland
Landline: +353 (0) 44 9661780
 
 

Mullagmeen Forest
Mullaghmeen Forest is a state forest and provides 14 miles of roadway for the walker. It leads to the highest point in Westmeath (894ft.)
How to get there:
Mullaghmeen Forest is 9km from Castlepollard

 

 
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  Mullaghmeen is an isolated area of forest rising above the farm land of north Westmeath. Mullaghmeen Forest is the largest planted beech forest in Ireland.  Along with beech, within its 400 ha of forest, it also has Sitka spruce, Scots pine and noble fir and a very interesting native tree collection. . The summit of Mullaghmeen provides magnificent views north across Lough Sheelin and into the neighbouring county of Cavan.  
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The forest, once an out farm belonging to a Lord Gradwell of Dowth Hall, Co. Meath, has many examples of mans former impacts on the landscape. Following the White Trail one passes sad reminders of famine times with relic walls of famine fields. A Booley Hut, a summer grazing shelter is just off the Red Walk / Mullaghmeen Summit Trail, while the Flax Pits show that this important crop for the linen industry was once harvested and cured in this area.
The underlying Geology is Limestone Rock and in the south eastern corner more of its geology is revealed where one can see turloughs – disappearing lakes that fill and empty with no apparent in or outflow.
Come in spring for the best displays of woodland flowers notably bluebells. The area is populated with grey squirrels, jays, badgers, foxes, pheasant, rabbit & hares as well as a large selection of song birds.
The area has an extensive network of way marked trails for varying levels of fitness.
 
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Fishing
Lough Lene is situated between Castlepollard and the village of Collinstown. This gem of a lake is ideally suited for fishing with its’ large areas of shallows (Winter's Point & Madam's Island to name a few) and crystal clear water. There is a natural head of wild brown trout which is supplemented by the local Angling Club with regular stocking of both brown and rainbow trout. Trout over 2lb are common.

The fishing season starts on March 1st and ends on September 30th. Trolling and fly fishing are both used on the lake. Pike can be fished for all year round and if you are persistent and lucky there are some fine 20lb+ fish to be had and if you are really lucky, perhaps a 30 pounder.

There is public access to the lake at "The Cut". Fishing permits and information on boat hire are available in the local Gala store in Collinstown.

Angling Enquiries & Day Tickets: Tom Fagan Ph:00353-86-1691231

Permits & Day Tickets ; The Gala Store, Collinstown

email: info@loughleneanglingassociation.com

Web: www.loughleneanglingassociation.com

 
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Lough Derravaragh

Lough Derravaragh is situated four miles south of Castlepollard.
It is a large Limestone Lough of about 2,768 acres in area. The lake has been designed to act as a reservoir to the river Inny in that the lake fills up during the winter faster than it drains out, which in turn helps prevent flooding. Today the lake is as well known for its pike angling as it was for its trout.
Pike angling has been the main attraction to the lake over the past ten years and holds a very impressive record of sizeable pike. It has been a venue for many competitions. The lake also holds a good stock of coarse fish which include roach, bream, bream hybrids and tench. The lake is best fished from a boat and access is very good with public access available at a few points i.e.  Donore - near Multyfarnham, at Coolure, which is to the right of the Castlepollard - Mullingar Road, and at Faughalstown and Clintons at Gartlanstown, Crookedwood.

The lake itself is a beauty spot attraction with many passing visitors stopping off at Crookedwood to admire the view where the lake forms an inlet between two steep hills.

Boat Hire is available at Donore Caravan Park, Multyfarnham (Paul Smith).

 
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River Inny
The River Inny is over 50 km in length where you can expect very good fishing for Roach, Bream and Pike. The River varies in depth from approximately 1.5 metres to over 3 metres in normal water levels. The best fishing stretches are at:
(a) Coolnagun

(b) Inny Bridge

(c) Float Bridge

(d) Camagh Bridge

Angling access is provided at the Bridges and in most cases extensive bank fishing is available up-stream and down-stream from these Bridges. There is a large stock of Pike in many locations throughout the length of the River with numerous hot spots. Fish of over 10 kgs are caught each season, the norm would be under 4 kgs.

 
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Lough Glore
Lough Glore lies to the left of the Castlepollard-Oldcastle road, 2.5 miles (4km) from Castlepollard. There is good access to it from the eastern side and a jetty where the boats are moored. It covers an area of 86 acres (35 hectares). It is a shallow lough and tends to weed up quite badly from mid summer. The banks are soft with high reeds and it is not possible to fish from the shore.
Lough Glore holds an excellent stock of wild brown trout with a high average size of over 2lbs (1kg). It produces trout from 5lbs(2kg) to 7lbs (3kg) every season. A nine pounder has been recorded on the lake. The water is crystal clear and the trout are wild in the extreme and difficult to catch because of this. The important fly hatches are lake olives in April, chironomids in May - June. Later in the year about mid to the end of July sedge fishing is very productive, including the green peter. Wet fly fishing gives best results in April and again in September.
 
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Lough Sheelin
Lough Sheelin is situated in the North Midlands about 7 miles from Castlepollard, on the borders of Cavan, Meath and Westmeath and is part of the River Inny system. It is 8 km long (5 miles) over 1.6 km wide (1 mile) covering an area of approx 1880 Hectares (4500 acres). This is a rich limestone lough with a capacity to produce and maintain a good stock of large wild brown trout. The high pH factor of the water, combined with its low average depth profile gives it excellent trout producing potential. Fishery scientists have calculated that it has a capacity to carry a bigger stock of brown trout than any Lough in Ireland.
Frequently anglers report catching fish in the range 3lbs - 7lbs. The average weight based on catch statistics in recent years is about 2lbs to 3lbs. The lake is managed by the Shannon Regional Fisheries Board who work with the local anglers, the Lough Sheelin Trout Protection Association to protect and develop the lake.

OPEN SEASON: March 1st - October 12th

SPECIES: Wild Brown Trout, Pike, Perch. Wild Brown Trout averaging about 2lbs to 3lbs with fish to 10lbs and larger possible. Pike angling is allowed in open season subject to the lake regulations and national Bye laws.

ACCESS TO THE LAKE: Good public access to the lake is available at both sides of Inny bridge in Finea village, Kilnahard Quay, Crover Pier, Tonagh Pier, and Sailors Garden. Private berthage and access by permission only is available at Crover House Hotel, Captains Bay, Rusheen Bay (Coillte), Ross House and Chambers Bay at Mullaghboy House. Please ensure that when parking car or trailers that you do not block the slipway.
Boat Hire is available from Finea Angling Farmhouse – 043-6681124.

 
                   
 
White Lake.
The White Lake is four miles east of Castlepollard, County Westmeath. It is stocked with both rainbow and brown trout. There is a 10 inch ( 254 mm ) size limit and a bag limit of six trout. This lake is managed by White Lake Anglers' Association.
 
                   
 

Pitch and Putt

Collinstown Pitch and Putt: 18 hole course situated overlooking Lough Lene , 4 miles from Castlepollard. The course has 18 raised Greens and presents a challenge to beginners and experienced players alike.

E-Mail: info@collinstownpitchandputt.com

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Swimming
Lake swimming is available in Lough Lene at the Cut, Collinstown, 7 miles from Castlepollard. The location has public toilets and changing areas which are opened during the Summer months. The lake has a sandy bottom in this area and is safe for children under adult supervision.
 
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Hunting
Ballymacad Hunt: Based near Oldcastle, Co. Meath but regularly hunt in the North Westmeath area.
E-Mail:anne-marie@rainbowfarm-ireland.com

Westmeath Hunt: Based near Mullingar but regularly hunt in the North Westmeath area.

Contact: Secretary, Helen F Moorhead, tel: 087 2347128.

 
                   
 

Walking
The local walking club, Boherquill Ramblers, meet every Sunday for walks in the area and beyond.
Contact: Brian Nerney – 086-2596656

E-Mail:brian@irelandwalking.ie

 
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Other Attractions


Tennis

Public Tennis Courts are available in both Castlepollard and Coole.


Childrens’ Playgrounds
Public Childrens’ Playgrounds are available in both Castlepollard and Coole.

Playground
Karting
Pollard Karting, Mullingar rd, Castlepollard, Co, Westmeath

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Picnic Areas
Crookedwood, Co, Westmeath


Bratty Road, Castlepollard, Co, Westmeath

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Mullaghmeen, Co. Westmeath

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Fore Abbey, Fore, Co.Westmeath

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Lough Lene, Collinstown, Co, Westmeath

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Donore Shore, Multyfarnham, Co, Westmeath


Gartlandstown, Co. Westmeath

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