We'll be staying in the midlands for one night, coming off a fairly full day in Galway, and en route to Wicklow. We'd like to do some of the recommended activites as we go (the Bog Train and Clonmacnoise).
Can you advise us on whereabout to stay -- upper or lower -- or does it matter? If you had to choose between Roscommon, Athlone, Shannonbridge, or Birr to get a B&B, which would you prefer? Any advice on location (or B&Bs for that matter) would be much appreciated.