Links & Activities
Situated in the Irish Midlands New Forest Estate Provides a Perfect location to explore some of the unique attractions available to visitors to this beautiful part of Ireland
Here are just some of the great activities available to you within minutes of New Forest.
As the oldest licensed distillery of its kind in Ireland, the Kilbeggan Distilling Company has seen its share of trials and triumphs. Founded in 1757, the distillery spent the next 200 years making a whiskey beloved the world over. So when tough times ground its gears to a halt, the town came together to save the whiskey that built the town. It wasn’t quick or easy, but they persevered. Today, every bottle produced stands as proof that the spirit of Kilbeggan never wavered.
The magnificent 160 acre Lakeside Estate of Belvedere House, Gardens & Park boasts a fully restored Georgian Villa, built in 1740 by the famous Architect Richard Castles for Robert Rochfort, later Lord Belvedere (“The Wicked Earl”).
The estate has a fascinating Victorian Walled Garden, with one of Ireland’s finest collections of rare and special plants. The naturalistic designed 18th century parkland, punctuated with Romantic Follies includes the largest in Ireland; “The Jealous Wall”.
Within the welcoming Visitor Services Centre is a Licensed Restaurant and Gift Shop and there are also 3 outdoor children’s playgrounds & many picnic areas on the estate.
Whether you are part of a gardening group, historical society, active retirement association, family gathering or group of friends, a visit to Belvedere is a superb day with a difference.
Ireland’s only Theme Park and offer a huge variety of things to see, do and experience! Tayto Park has attractions for all ages, from thrill-seekers looking for an adrenalin rush to our youngest guests who can enjoy fun and exciting activities.
Irelands largest inflatable water park and outdoor activity centre
Mullingar Equestrian Centre
Mullingar Equestrian Centre is one of Ireland’s premier Equestrian Centres. The Fagan family extend a warm welcome to all horse lovers. There is no formality and you will quickly feel at home. The young rider programme with English tuition is highly recommended. It is also a top class show jumping venue and run shows at all levels throughout the year. Their indoor arena accommodates weekly shows throughout the winter months. Their premier outdoor facilities can cater for up to six show jumping arenas. Their three day show jumping festival the first week end of June is the high light of our equestrian calendar.
The Kilbeggan Races
An evening of fun at Kilbeggan Races is one of the most enjoyable experiences. It mingles the heart stopping spectacle of racing over jumps with the laid back charm of a genuine rural meeting. The Kilbeggan formula is made for fun, friendship and atmosphere for the thousands who return meeting after meeting giving Kilbeggan the edge over other events.The quiet midlands town is transformed on race evenings into a festival of social and sporting pleasure, drawing admirers from every corner of Ireland. You can meet friends, circulate freely; you can eat, drink or cheer without restriction; you can bring the family or whoever; where for a few pounds the odds are much better than a lottery ticket; and where you can boast afterwards that it was sheer skill that made you pick the winner! If you are bright, witty and rich you will enjoy Kilbeggan Races and if you are not, you will enjoy it just the same.
Lough Ennell Lilliput Boat Hire
Lough Ennell is renowned for its brown trout and coarse fishing. For fishing or boating on Lough Ennell, one can hire a 19ft lake boat, engine, life jackets and fuel. All are maintained to the highest standards. Fishing Equipment and permits are available on request.
Mullingar Greyhound Stadium
Mullingar Greyhound Stadium is now firmly established as one of the leading night time entertainment venues in the Midlands. Imagine a state of the art facility that combines pulsating racing action with superb food, excellent bars and electric atmosphere making Mullingar Stadium a venue with a difference. Mullingar is the venue to choose whether entertaining clients, having a staff night out or simply coming along with the family where we can provide you with a package to suit all pockets and tastes.
Lilliput Adventure Centre
Lilliput Adventure Centre is located in Johnathan Swift Park, on the shores of Lough Ennell, approx. 10 minutes from Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. It’s fabulous, unspoilt beauty, along with forests and lake, offer a unique and idyllic location for our Adventure Centre. Our proximity to these natural amenities which are surrounded by a virgin raised peat bog insure that while you are here you spend all of your time participating in activities and not to and from natural resources required.
You can take part in specialised courses in canoeing, hill walking, rock climbing or first aid, to mention a few. We also offer multi-activity programmes, day or residential, where you can give everything a go.
Lakeland Shooting Centre
At Lakeland Shooting Centre they specialise in both individual and group entertainment. They offer your party a wide variety of targets with individual tuition for each participant.
They highlight the fact that their expert instructors will tutor everyone in all aspects of safe gun handling and shotgun marksmanship. A wide variety of targets are available here for the shooter, including an all-weather enclosed shooting layout, so that adverse weather conditions will not interfere with any outings. They will provide all equipment required for you`re outing i.e. guns, ammunition, targets, hearing protection and insurance.
Tuition fees are also included in the price quoted. Light snacks of food, barbeques and full dinner can be provided upon request and the grounds boast a clubhouse with full facilities for relaxation after your outing.