By now, you’ve probably realised that there’s no better way to start the day than with a good Mullingar breakfast. Try Chocolate Brown, quirkily located in what used to be an old bank – they’ve even incorporated the old safes into cosy seating areas. Then, once you've loaded up on coffee and pastries you’ll be ready for your walking tour of the Hill of Uisneach. Located about 20 minutes drive from Mullingar, this is one of Ireland’s most important historical sites. Your guide will tell you about Uisneach’s fascinating past as a meeting place for kings and queens and point out its many archaeological features, which include a ring fort and a number of megalithic tombs.
Take a moment to stop at the highest point, known as St Patrick’s Bed. On a clear day, it’s said you can see 20 counties from this spot.
Once you’ve descended from the heights of Uisneach, head towards the pretty village of Abbeyshrule in County Longford and enjoy lunch at the Rustic Inn. Your next stop is another ancient wonder – the Corlea Trackway. Housed in a climate-controlled visitor centre, this Iron Age bog road dates from 148 BC and is thought to have been a ceremonial route used by royalty traveling from Rathcroghan in County Roscommon to the Hill of Uisneach.
Follow the Royal Canal to its end at Richmond Harbour in Cloondara and enjoy a quiet pint in the Richmond Inn, the perfect spot for weary travellers to end their journey.