Elphin and Strokestown are nearby market towns with small shops, banks, churches, as well as pubs and food outlets.
Like so many of the towns of Ireland, the town of Elphin had its origin in the church and monastery which St. Patrick founded there in the fifth century. Elphin takes its name from ‘Ailfinn’ meaning white stone, which refers to a large white obelisk that stood there for centuries before falling down in 1675. Just outside the town is the recently restored 18th Century Elphin Windmill, built in 1720. and is in full working condition - the only one in the West, and the oldest in Ireland.
Strokestown is best known for Strokestown Park House, a Georgian Palladian mansion preserved with its original furnishings and fabrics, which can be seen daily by guided tour. The property includes the Irish National Famine Museum, which is in striking contrast the mansion. Additionally, there are six acres of meticulously maintained gardens.
Elphin is just east of the N61 and Strokestown is on the N5. Both towns are within 7 to 10k of Rathmore House.
This lovely farmhouse is so affordable, whether for a family vacation or for a couple's getaway that is economically priced, Rathmore is just the place.
The Rathmore House could also be the perfect creative inspiration for a writer or painter.
Suffuse yourself in restorative green fields and picnic in the shadows of a majestic oak tree. The choice is yours, and it will feel like you have all the time in the world.
When you are ready to venture out, visit the many shops on Bridge Street in Carrick, see the oldest Windmill in Ireland right there in Elphin or hang out in the Silver Eel pub, just down the lane where you'll get to know the locals.
And when you're ready and inclined, elsewhere on this site, we've listed destinations for partial and full day trips.
Elphin is located between Roscommon Town and Sligo on the national route N61. Elphin is also a fifteen minute drive to Carrick-on-Shannon.
Leave Dublin Airport on the M1 south to the M50. Follow the M50 west and exit onto the M4 west. Continue on this road even when it changes to the N4. Approaching Longford, watch for the N5 signs and follow them through Longford going west to Strokestown. Unless you are going to Galway, leave the N5 at Strokestown and drive north through town. When you see the sign for Elphin on the R368, turn right, drive about 100m and bear to the left. Follow this road north for about 4 to 5k and watch for the Silver Eel Pub on your right. Take your next left. Drive about 1 to 2k and you will find Rathmore on your right side.
Leave Knock north on the N17. Go east (right) at the N5 and continue to Strokestown. At the traffic circle, go left and through town. When you see the sign for Elphin on the R368, turn right, drive about 100m and bear to the left. Follow this road north for about 4 to 5k and watch for the Silver Eel Pub on your right. Take your next left. Drive about 1 to 2k and you will find Rathmore on your right side.