Royal Canal Greenway - Westmeath

Cycling Off Road
County Westmeath
2 reviews
Grade Easy
Length 32.3 km
Time 3 hours
Format Linear
Ascent 154 m
Start Point
Abbeyshrule, Ballynacarrigy, Ballina, Mullingar, Mary Lynch's
Finish Point
Abbeyshrule, Ballynacarrigy, Ballina, Mullingar, Mary Lynch's
Nearest Town to Start Mullingar
Grid Ref. N 227 593 / N 620 482
Lat. and Long. 53.582874, -7.657187 / 53.480144, -7.065922

The Royal Canal Greenway currently extends from the Meath/ Westmeath boarder to Abbeyshrule in Co. Longford. This is flat easy route which showcases the Westmeath section of the Royal Canal. It is intended that this route will be further developed as a greenway between Dublin and the Meath boarder ultimately connecting Dublin to Mullingar. From Abbeyshrule the greenway will eventually be developed westwards to Clondra. West of Mullingar it is possible to deviate from the Royal Canal Greenway and join the Mullingar to Athlone Greenway along a former railway route.

Maps and other information

Trail Management

Westmeath County Council


In Mullingar

** Small children should be supervised as there is an unprotected canal bank along this trail**
This greenway has been inspected and approved by Sport Ireland - National Trails Office, East of Mullingar. The route West of Mullingar will be inspected in May 2016.
Note: The greeway development extends from the Meath/Westmeath border to Abbeyshrule in Co. Longford. Either side of these points the surface maybe rough and is not suitable for cycling unless a mountain bike is used.

OSI Maps

OSI Maps

Discovery Series Sheets 41, 48 and 49
Public Transportation

Public Transportation



Anthony from Dublin

What an absolute gem. The peace and tranquillity is beyond sublime. Sauntered through the midlands, Mullingar to Abeyshrule and back. at an easy pace on the Royal canal way. Spent 3 hrs on a 55k. This is real "leisure cycling" and to think that I almost bought into a hard-paced road spin 60/70 around county meath starting at 0730 this morning. Will be doing this again soon.

James from Longford

What a gem this is. Cycling through the tranquil midland countryside along the magical canal trackway.......through bog and farmland, interrupted by occasional road crossings (bridges).

No cars, jeeps or lorries. Cattle, sheep and horses grazing in the distance. Plenty of fresh air and exercise. This is a piece of heaven on a fine summer's day. Keep the secret.

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