Step out into the great outdoors at Yew Point Estate Hodson Bay, and experience 140 acres of unspoiled meadows and woodlands right on the hotel’s doorstep. With beautiful views over Lough Ree, guests can enjoy a peaceful stroll around our 3.5 km loop along the lake. Soak up the magical forest walks, fairy trails and stunning nature in this hidden gem.
Located only 15 minutes from Hodson Bay Hotel, Mote Park walks take you on forest road and paths through a mature conifer plantation of Norway spruce, Scots Pine and Oak. Don't forget to watch out for the Red Squirrels.
Portlick Millennium Forest Walk
This is a fantastic walk that explores the wooded area and farmlands of Portlick and the Whinning peninsula of Lough Ree. The trail is 5 km with shorter alternatives and is only a short drive from the hotel. Enjoy native trees and attractive and varied views of Lough Ree and an old ruin feature near south-west limit of the walk.
Ireland is home to 40 of the world's 150 links golf courses and also boasts many of the world's oldest parkland courses, so it's not unfair to suggest that Ireland is something of a golfer's paradise. Scattered throughout the country, you'll find great courses with famous club members who've played the game at the highest level.
Old Rail Trail
A must for any cycling enthusiasts out there, the Old Rail Trail is a fantastic way to explore Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands. This is a dedicated cycle path that follows the old rail track under bridges, through tunnels and the scenic countryside all the way from Athlone to Mullingar. With multiple entry and exit points, you can hop on and off to explore local activities and attractions along the way.
Shannon Bank Walks & Nature Trail
With the sun on your back and water lapping at your side, take a stroll along the Shannon Banks Walk. It begins in the shadow of Athlone Castle and leads you along a nature trail that’s bursting with a diversity of wildlife. Stretching along a 5km loop, you’ll pass lawns, grassy verges and parklands.
Explore Lough Boora Discovery Park throughout the seasons, 365 days of the year. Choose from five treks and trails, whether you’re looking for a quiet walk or exciting bike trail, Lough Boora has something for everyone. Lough Boora Discovery Park is a short drive from Hodson Bay Hotel
Sliabh Bawn Recreational Area
Hikers and walkers alike can access Sliabh Bawn’s fantastic recreation facilities. The new amenities include a trim trail for fitness, an equestrian trail, six looped walks, a raised viewing platform and a new picnic area. Sliabh Bawn is a short drive from the hotel
Dun Na Si Heritage and Amenity Park
Dún na Sí is named after the local folklore that some lone hawthorn bushes (often known as fairy bushes) once marked the presence of a ‘fairy fort’ which previously existed in the park. This Heritage Park commemorates the traditions and activities of rural Ireland throughout time, and their Amenity Park provides a beautiful space which celebrates an appreciation of nature.
Bay sports is located on the doorstep of Hodson bay Hotel. Sitting on the West Shore of Lough Ree is Ireland’s largest inflatable waterpark. Visitors can enjoy the waterpark which features kayaking, paddle boarding, pedal boats, rafting, dragon boat and powerboat courses. Wetsuits are available for hire onsite. It is recommended to bring a towel, spare socks, a swimsuit, and a wetsuit if you have one. *SEASONAL
Viking Mike: Boat Tours
Viking Tours is open and sailing daily from the Hodson Bay to Athlone town. You will find the departure times on the Viking Tours website or at the hotel’s reception. All sailings are return excluding the last sailing of the day. To embark on this cruise, you will need to wait at the outer quay wall of the harbour and there are signs in the area to direct you. Tickets can be purchased onboard or online at www.vikingtoursireland.ie
Lough Key Forest Park
The 350-hectare Lough Key estate is open all year round for the public to explore. Take a self- guided tour featuring the tree canopy walk, to learn about the history of the estate while you explore the grounds. This historic back drop features a landmark cluster of unique attractions with a lakeside centre, perfect for family days out.