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Official Centre of Ireland

Our location at the official Centre of Ireland means that the Hodson Bay is a very accessible Hotel, in an ideal central location in Ireland.

Westmeath’s soft green landscape boasts the exact geographical centre of Ireland in Athlone. Located in the centre of Ireland, Athlone is the largest town on the River Shannon south of Lough Ree.  

Visit Hodson Bay Hotel and view the island where the geographical centre of the Ireland is located and marked by Hodson's Pillar, which can be seen from the hotel windows at the Hodson Bay. The tranquil shores of Lough Ree will allow you to enjoy the scenic Irish countryside and the view of the legendary uninhabited island in the Lough. The picturesque views of Lough Ree and adjacent Athlone Golf Course can be enjoyed from our luxury bedrooms in both the Hodson Bay Hotel and the Hodson Retreat.

Set in the heart of the Lakelands and inland waterways, the Hodson Bay Hotel is the perfect place to begin your journey: from activity breaks to sight-seeing tours. With numerous heritage sites, breath-taking views, mountains, canals and lakes, it is sure not to disappoint.

Its central location allows for easy access for both rail and road with frequent bus and rail schedules operating just a short walk from the town centre.  Bus Eireann, the national bus operator, operates from beside the train station and covers most towns and cities in the country, including an hourly service to Dublin and Galway. Taxi service is also widely available throughout the area.

The M6 motorway connects Athlone to Dublin in approximately 1 hour to/from M50 and subject to traffic conditions 1 hour and 15 minutes to/from the Airport. Additionally, the M6 Athlone to Galway allows a journey time from Athlone to Galway to just under 1 hour and from Dublin to Galway to approximately two hours. 

If you plan to explore the captivating centre of Ireland then the Hodson Bay is the ideal starting point for your journey. To visit the island contact Richie in Bay Sports on 00 353 9064 94801 or email

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