Roscommon is often described as ‘the heart of undiscovered Ireland’. We invite you to unlock the treasures of this land of castles and ancient kings, of stately homes and wonderful landscapes, where shimmering rivers, lakes and forest parks abound.
In this inland county a more restrained beauty reigns, bejewelled with sparkling lakes and dancing streams. The great River Shannon, over 200 miles in length, longest in Ireland and the UK, marks the eastern county border as it meanders south through Lough Boderg and Lough Bofin (or down to Lough Ree and onward to the Atlantic Ocean!).
There couldn’t be a better place to take a cruising holiday – an option becoming ever more popular with families. The pastoral landscape is peaceful and unspoilt, dotted with small interesting towns and villages, with cosy waterside pubs and excellent restaurants.
Roscommon offers an enchanting glimpse of hidden treasure to those who seek. Brimful of history and heritage, Roscommon boasts many archaeological gems including Rathcroghan, ancient home of the High Kings with the award-winning Cruachan Aí Visitor Centre (at Tulsk). From more recent times, great houses and castles are to be found, such as the Georgian mansion King House in Boyle, Clonalis House in Castlerea and Strokestown Park House which also boasts fine restored gardens and the Famine Museum. (Tucked away in the Arigna mountains is another award winner - the Arigna Mining Experience Centre.)
There’s plenty to do outdoors in Roscommon. The Lough Key Forest and Activity Park with its newly opened Tree Top Walk, Boda Borg ‘House of Puzzles’ and Childrens Playground which is located in the beautiful parklands of Lough Key in Boyle. Golf enthusiasts will enjoy the sport on many splendid courses, both 9 and 18 holes. Walkers and cyclists have hundreds of miles of undisturbed roads and tracks to enjoy as well as two way-marked walking trails - the Suck Valley Way and Arigna Miners Way. Cyclists also have plenty of scope for trails, both marked and unmarked. Roscommon is surrounded by prime coarse fishing rivers and lakes which have consistently produced good bags of exceptionally sized fish. Roscommon Racecourse has regular horse racing meetings where everyone mingles and enjoys the fun. The heart of undiscovered Ireland.