Local Towns

The towns of OldcastleCastlepollard and Granard are all within a 15 minute drive from Ross Castle, Co. Meath, while the hamlets of Finea and Mt. Nugent are only 5 kilometers and a comfortable walk away from the Castle. The two hamlets are situated on opposite ends of the Lough Sheelin and feature the obligatory pub, general store and some country amenities.


Walking / Hiking

The Irish Midlands offer an abundance of holiday hiking opportunities: Why not try the Boyne Way Navan to Slane, or the walking trails around the Loughcrew Hills? The Cavan Way offers excellent opportunities for the walker, as do the many unmarked trails and side roads. Mullaghmeen, an extensie forest park, only a 5 minute drive by car from Ross Castle, is the most well known in this area and one of the largest hardwood forests in Ireland. With its well developed network of trails and vistas of the surrounding countryside it is a destination and delight for walkers and nature enthusiasts throughout the seasons.


Cycling is a unique and fitting way to experience the midlands around Lough Sheelin. The scenery around the Shannon and the loughs forms a beautiful accompaniment and fitting backdrop to any travel by bike. The roads are not busy and amenity areas are a regular occurrence and available to travellers. The Lough Sheelin Region has a particular attraction for the cyclist for its proximity to the dedicated cycling route from Killala in Co. Mayo to Ballinamuck in Longford as well as the Tan Trail, which passes by the lake. These and many small sideroads lend themselves to exploring rural Ireland by bike.

Bird Watching

Why not relax and listen to the rare corncrake on the water meadows of the Shannon near the monastic settlement of Clonmacnoise or take a walk through the forests at adjacent Mullaghmeen. Visit one of the many local bogs and shore areas teeming with an abundance of unique birdlife or travel the country roads looking for Irelands unique avi-fauna.


Ireland is the home of Golf! Numerous, excellent 18 hole parkland and link courses are situated in this region providing a challenge to golfers of all levels with a multitude of championship courses to choose from. The nearest course is only across the lake at Crover House where their is a 9 hole course. Click here for location/map

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Greyhound Racing

Racing “the dogs” is an Irish tradition, a popular spectator sport where the thrill of the race ensures a thoroughly enjoyable night out. Greyhound Race tracks with frequent races are found in nearby Mullingar and Navan.

Horse Racing

County Meath is horse country and contains four well known horse racing tracks, which hold numerous races during the year. Point to Point events are very popular among local horse racing followers in the area. Horse racing at Kilbeggan is an action packed spectator sport and on racing nights the quiet midland town is transformed into a festival.


The Shannon-Erne Waterway is the leading and most extensive waterway in the British Isles. Cruising on the River Shannon and the Grand Canal is an ideal way to experience the Irish countryside. Ross Castle is ideally located to serve as base for cruising-day trips on the areas waterways.

There is a range of historic sites and attractions within a short drive from Ross Castle.
Ross Castle is situated on the shores of Lough Sheelin, one of Ireland’s preeminent Brown Trout lakes.
Pony trekking, cross country and show-jumping arrangements can be made which will meet all your horse related needs.