Lough Key Forest and Activity Park
Lough Key Forest & Activity Park, Boyle, Roscommon,
Ms Louise Fitzpatrick
Boasting spectacular views, abundant wildlife, historic buildings and evocative islands, Lough Key Forest and Leisure Park in Boyle, County Roscommon is host to many attractions from gentle leisurely activities or more energetic pursuits.
Comprising some 350 hectares of mixed woodland, a lake and a number of islands, Lough Key in Boyle County Roscommon is one of Ireland's most extensive and picturesque forest parks in Ireland. Included in the park's amenities are a well landscaped caravan and camping park, nature walks, a bog garden, an observation tower, ice house, wishing chair and underground tunnels.
The development also includes the tree canopy trail, Boda Borg Challenge and the adventure play kingdom. Details of each are outlined below.
The visitor centre is the gateway to the parkland and forest at Lough Key. Environmental sustainability and energy efficiency are at the heart of its design and facilities at the centre include a restaurant, gift shop, conference facilities, toilets and baby changing facilities.
The lake, Lough Key, one of the most beautiful lakes in Ireland, is navigable from the Shannon via the Boyle River and the jetty at Lough Key harbours pleasure cruisers from that great river. Boats are available for hire within the park. Guided tours are available for groups and school tours by arrangement.