Nestled in the heart of County Roscommon, Lough Key Forest Park is a spectacular destination for those seeking adventure in the Irish outdoors. Boasting breathtaking views, abundant wildlife, and historic landmarks such as an enchanting wishing chair and magical underground tunnels, Lough Key offers a range of activities suitable for families, couples, and solo travelers alike. Visitors can choose from leisurely nature walks, cycling, and boating, or more energetic pursuits such as climbing the observation tower. With options for camping and caravan stays, Lough Key is an ideal base for exploring one of Ireland’s most picturesque forest parks.
One of the highlights of Lough Key Forest Park is the stunning lake that gives the park its name. Visitors can take a leisurely boat ride on the lake, taking in the stunning scenery and spotting a range of wildlife, including otters, kingfishers, and herons. For those who prefer to stay on dry land, there are plenty of walking and cycling trails to explore, with stunning views of the lake and surrounding countryside.
For those looking for a bit of adventure, Lough Key Forest Park has plenty to offer. The park is home to a range of activities, including zip-lining, tree-top walks, and a high ropes course, providing a thrilling and unique way to explore the park’s stunning landscape.
Zipit Forest Adventures
Cost: From €22 (7-8 year old) to €40 (18+)
Zipit Forest Adventures is a high wire forest adventure park that offers excitement and adventure for people of all ages. Located in Lough Key Forest Park in County Roscommon, visitors can enjoy up to 3 hours of activities that include flying down zip lines, running across rope bridges, swinging like Tarzan, and climbing giant walls. Children from age 7 to adults are welcome to come as a family, on their own, or with a group. Trained instructors are available to provide assistance and encouragement as visitors climb high up into the trees, ride a BMX bike across a suspended bridge, swing into cargo nets, balance on a rope, and try the base jump. This environmentally friendly attraction is fantastic for a fun-filled family day out in nature.
Cost: Range from 2 hour single pass €19 to all day group pass €35
Boda Borg is an innovative, weather-independent activity center located in Lough Key Forest Park. The unique Swedish concept offers 15 quests and 47 challenges that challenge both adults and children alike. There are no instructions for the tasks, so teamwork, ingenuity, trial and error, and skills you didn’t know you had are required to progress through the 47 rooms. It’s a great experience with imaginative puzzles and enjoyable tasks that require curiosity, laughter, and excitement.
More info on the Boda Borg website
Rockingham Remembered Tour
Cost: €5 for a child, €10 for an adult ticket.
The Rockingham Remembered Tour is a self-guided tour that takes visitors through the fascinating history, flora, and fauna of the park. The tour includes a journey through 19th-century underground tunnels, a climb up the newly restored 5-storey Moylurg viewing tower, and a stroll along a unique Tree Canopy Walk – the first of its kind in Ireland. This 300m-long walkway, made of timber and steel, rises gently 9m above the woodland floor and offers breathtaking views of nature as it winds through the treetops. From here, visitors can enjoy stunning panoramic views of the lake with its shimmering islands.
Booking and more info here.