Where to Stay
Panoramic views from a sleek tower, eco-chic in a tranquil woodland and a waterside lodge that is the very essence of tranquillity… the choice for accommodation around Lough Ree and Athlone is full of surprises.
Hotels: Each summer, as if timed like by the rising sun, families make a beeline for Hodson Bay Hotel. With a swimming pool, great family rooms and a perfect location next to Baysports on the lake, it's a lively place that buzzes with activity right through the warmer months. A convenient spot with just a 15-minute drive to Athlone, you can get to town by car… or on the water! Viking Boat Tours operates a daily schedule between the two locations. In Athlone itself, both the Radisson Blu and the Sheraton are two quality options, with good-sized family rooms and swimming pools. For sensational views, though, it's hard to beat Wineport Lodge near the village of Glasson. With the waters of Lough Ree lapping at your doorstep, this is an utterly tranquil and luxurious retreat.
B&B and Guest Houses: With an interior graced with plants, wooden floorboards and contemporary Irish art, the Bastion is a good bet for a characterful B&B in the heart of Athlone. Just outside town, there are some lovely B&B options, including the Four Seasons B&B, surrounded by rolling countryside, and Riverview House, close to the Cross River.
Self-catering and camping: At the heart of Athlone, you'll find the Arch House Self-Catering Apartments. Perfect for couples, families and groups, they can be rented on a nightly or weekly basis. And, if you need it, it has a B&B option nearby, too. Just a short hop from Knockcroghery village, Galey Bay Camping is a peaceful base from which to enjoy the pleasures of the lake, and boasts boat hire, a TV lounge, kids' play area, pool room and kitchen. And for something different, then Carnakilla Lodge will most definitely make for a memorable holiday. Set on a very secluded site, these beautiful cabins – designed like American hunting lodges – are crafted from native Irish timber with decking areas and wood-burning stoves. Bliss.