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Ballinasloe is a thriving town in Co. Galway with lots of things to do and see. With a central location in the Hidden Heartlands, when you stay in Ballinasloe, you are within driving distance of a huge amount of tourist attractions.

Visitors staying at The Moycarn Lodge & Marina have often used it as a base to enjoy day trips to places such as Birr Castle, The Cliffs of Moher and Galway City, and then return in the evening to enjoy food and drinks in our award winning bar and restaurant.

Below you’ll find some useful information about places to go in Ballinasloe for shopping and music, information about local activities like golfing and fishing, as well as a list of places and tourist attractions – some located in Ballinasloe and some that are easily within driving distance of Ballinasloe.

Tourist Attractions in Ballinasloe and Nearby

Located in a beautifully central area of Ireland known as the Hidden Heartlands, Ballinasloe is a fantastic place to stay and explore everything thats on offer nearby, from stunning walks to visiting well known heritage sites.

Below is just a flavour of where you can visit in Ballinasloe and the surrounding areas.

Battle of Aughrim Visitor Centre

Aughrim, Ballinasloe

Ahascragh Distillery (tours available)

Ahascragh, Ballinasloe

The Irish Workhouse Centre


Birr Castle Demesne & Visitor Centre


Pet Farm

Drum, Athlone

Clonmacnoise Monastery

Clonmacnoise, Shannonbridge

Portumna Castle & Gardens


Athlone Castle Visitor Centre


Shopping in Ballinasloe



Kellers of Ballinasloe

Homeware & Furniture


Giftware & Health Products

Joe Ward Menswear

Mens Fashion


Department Store & Gifts

Cahalan Jewellers


Wag ‘n’ Tails

Pet Shop

Colourful Things

Crafts & Gifts

You’ll Find Music In…

An Táin Bar

St Michaels Square

Brewery Lane

Main Street

The Dunlo Tavern

Dunlo Street

Shearwater Hotel

Marina Point

Golfing Around Ballinasloe

There is no doubt that Ireland is blessed with some of the best golf courses in the world! And when you stay in Ballinasloe don’t forget to bring the golf clubs because you’ll have an abundance of amazing courses to choose from. From our local parkland Ballinasloe Golf Club to world renowed courses like Glasson Golf Club and Galway Bay Golf Club, you’re only a short drive away from enjoying a magnificent 18 holes.

And while the golf courses listed below are within half an hours drive, remember that courses like The K Club, Carton House and Luttrellstown Castle are just a short spin up the motorway.

Ballinasloe Golf Club


Galway Bay Golf Club


Glasson Golf Club


Athlone Golf Club

Hodson Bay, Athlone

Mountbellew Golf Club


Roscommon Golf Club


Esker Hills Golf Club


Portumna Golf Club


Fishing Near Ballinasloe

Whether you’re just out for a relaxing afternoon of casual fishing or you take your fishing a bit more seriously, the River Suck in Ballinasloe and the nearby River Shiven have some of the most amazing coarse fish in the country including Pike and Bream.

If you stay at The Moycarn Lodge & Marina you can walk just 100 yards and fish from the the Marina or river bank. And even a short drive can take you to places like the popular Hollygrove Lake which is stocked with Tench or to the longest river in Ireland and Britain, the River Shannon.

The River Suck


The Shiven River


Hollygrove Lake

Near Athleague

The River Shannon

Shannonbridge | Athlone

Other Fun Activities Around Ballinasloe

If golfing, fishing or sightseeing isn’t your thing, then fear not, there’s plenty of other fun activities to do around Ballinasloe. Below are just a few ideas of you can enjoy a fun-packed day with family or friends.

Pallas Karting & Adventure Centre

Tynagh, Co. Galway

The Baysports Waterpark

Hodson Bay, Athlone

The Ahascragh Distillery

Ahascragh West, Ballinasloe

The Planet Bowling Centre


Popular Events in Ballinasloe & Galway

Ballinasloe and Galway in particular are known for playing host to some of the most enjoyable and popular events on the Irish calendar. Here are a few of the more notable annual events in Ballinasloe & Galway.

The Ballinasloe Horse Fair


Galway Races Summer Festival


The Galway Arts Festival


Galway Oyster