WHAT TO SEE..
IN AND AROUND ATHLONE
What we Offer
Esker Riada offers luxurious self-catering apartments which are Ideal for small and large groups or individuals seeking a cultural, historical or leisure breaks in Ireland. Built and fitted out to the highest standards, guests staying at Esker Riada apartments are assured of quality accommodation at affordable rates. Its onsite bar The Tack Room offers a traditional Irish welcome and nightly entertainment. Two minutes’ walk from shops, restaurants, eateries, supermarkets, pharmacies and ATM facilities, to ensure guests at Esker Riada have all the necessary amenities close by.
Situated in Athlone, one of Irelands most historic and vibrant towns, Esker Riada affords guests easy access to many of Irelands cultural and historic sites, cruises on the river Shannon, tours of Clonmacnoise, fishing on Lough Ree, a visit to Athlone castle and Luan Gallery, country walking trails along the Westmeath way, and golf at some of Irelands most prestigious golf courses.
Athlone is renowned for its diversity of restaurants, offering visitors fine dining cuisine from many countries and of course traditional Irish produce, its many pubs, bars and nightclubs offer traditional Irish music and a wide variety of nightly entertainment.
Ramble through the town and experience the many craft shops, sites and opportunities for shopping in the Lakelands premier town.
The Esker Riada. Esker meaning divide, and Riada meaning road . Esker Riada takes its name from the collection of eskers that pass through the Irish counties of Dublin, Meath, Westmeath, Roscommon, and Galway.
Eskers take their name from low lying ridges composed of sand, gravel, and boulders deposited by water flowing beneath a glacier that became exposed when the glaciers melted at the end of the ice age around 10,000 years ago.
Following the battle of Maynoth in 123Ad Ireland was divided along the line of the eskers.Leath Conn (Conn’s half) and Leath Mogha (Mogha’s half) to the south. The higher ground of the Esker Riada provided a route through the virgin peat bogs of Ireland linking Durrow Abbey and the monastic site at Clonmacnoise.