County Roscommon Bed and Breakfast Accommodation
Roscommon has no coastline but its eastern border is dominated by the shores of Lough Ree and the River Shannon so it has become a popular stop-over for boat-owners and hirers using the waters.
The Georgian town of Boyle is home to Lough Key Forest Park, one of Ireland’s leading lakeside attractions, which offers nature walks, ring forts, cruising, fishing, a bog-garden, an old ice-house, picnic grounds and a fully-serviced caravan and camping site. The Celtic royal sites near Tulsk, Clonalis House at Castlerea – the ancient home of the O’Conor clan – and the Georgian town of Boyle are also well worth a visit.
History and Heritage
Roscommon was badly hit by the Famine and the history of those hard times is on public display at the unique Famine Museum at Strokestown Park House.
The county gave Ireland its first President, the poet and Gaelic scholar Dr. Douglas Hyde, and noted musician/composer Percy French. Details of Dr. Hyde’s contribution to Irish life can be found in the visitor centre at Portahard, Frenchpark.
The Arigna Mining Experience gives an insight into the tough conditions endured by workers in Ireland’s first and last coal mine (which closed in 1990).
Sites to see
Roscommon County Museum. Strokestown Park, Gardens & Famine Museum. Cruachan Ai Visitor Centre at Tulsk. Arigna Mining Experience. King House, Boyle.
Sports and Leisure
Since so much of Roscommon is attached to water, it is a natural haven for anglers and boat-owners.
Walking, trekking or cycling are ideal ways to see the delights of Roscommon and there are plenty of well-laid out and marked routes to follow.
Golf is also big in Roscommon with some splendid courses and there are plenty of horse-racing enthusiasts drawn to Roscommon Racecourse throughout the year.
Eat, Drink and Stay
On the food front in Roscommon, The Old Fort in Shannonbridge, Italia at Knockvicar and Keenan’s Bar & Restaurant in Tarmonbarry, The Stone House Café of Boyle, Gleeson’s (Roscommon) and the Abbey Hotel Restaurant, Roscommon Town come highly recommended.
If you are looking for atmospheric pubs, then M.J.Henry in Cootehall, Moving Stairs Pub, Wynne’s Bar and Clark’s (Boyle), J.J.Harlow’s (Roscommon), and Hell’s Kitchen (Castlerea) are top of the class.
And if you need to rest your head at night, there are plenty of excellent B&Bs around the county.
May: International Poetry Festival, Strokestown
July: Boyle Arts Festival
August: O’Carolan International Harp Festival in Keadu
Things you have to see or do...
King House Interpretive Centre – in Boyle, especially for kids
Lough Key Forest Park – situated on the main N4 5km from Boyle
Arigna Mining Experience – developed to preserve the energy heritage of the Arigna Valley
Boyle Abbey – historic Site and Visitor Attraction
Douglas Hyde Interpretive Centre – located near Frenchpark
Derryglad Folk Museum – Farm & Folk life in Ireland from the 18th century
Visit Roscommon www.visitroscommon.ie
Cruachan Ai www.cruachanai.com
Strokestown Park www.strokestownpark.ie
Roscommon Heritage & Genealogy www.roscommonroots.com
Ireland West www.irelandwest.ie
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