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Driving time from Carrick on Shannon to Athlone

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Mar 7th, 2011, 07:41 AM
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Driving time from Carrick on Shannon to Athlone

We will be leaving Carrick on Shannon on Good Friday and we would like to spend the weekend in/around Athlone so we can use it as a hub over the Easter weekend, with the idea of visiting Clonmacnoise to the west and Birr to the southeast.

How long will it take to drive from Carrick on Shannon to Anthlone? Any other suggestions of where to stay in that area, and what to see?
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Mar 7th, 2011, 10:14 AM
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I would allow up to an hour and a half for your journey, depending on the route you take; I suggest perhaps Elphin - Roscommon town - Athlone.

Good Friday can be a little tricky in Ireland for people on the road as a number of food options are not available; it's one of the two days in the year that pubs are not allowed to open for instance.

If I read your post correctly, you have the Carrick end of things sorted and are seeking advice on the Athlone area.
If you are interested in places of historical interest like Clonmacnoise, then you could take a turn off the Roscommon - Athlone road at Lecarrow and follow the (narrow) road to a gateway leading to Rinn Duin castle; there are some signposts en route. Getting to the castle involves walking over farmland so you will need appropriate footwear but even though the castle is not in a great state of repair, its undisturbed condition is part of the attraction. Apart from its lakeside location, there is also an abandoned church and windmill dating back to the 13th century - all part of a looped walk which starts at the gateway where you can park your car.

Athlone is well served with hotels; the Raddisson is on the river and central, there is also a Sheraton in the town centre. If you like an old fashioned Irish pub that still has some sawdust on the floor, Sean's Bar on the Connaught (western) side of town is worth a look and there is usually music of some sort on over a holiday weekend.

Apart from Clonmacnoise and Birr Castle, Athlone itself has a castle that houses a town museum.
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