Boyle’s Lough Key Forest Park was recently listed in the “25 Best Winter Walks in Ireland”.
Under the heading “Best for Kids” the independent.ie article stated:
Where: Lough Key Forest Park, Co Roscommon.
What: Lough Key Forest Park is home to over 350 hectares of mixed woodland in a beautiful lake-side setting. Formerly the Rockingham Estate, it has since been reimagined as one of Coillte’s flagship forest parks. The 4km Bog Garden Trail winds its way gently through the woods and parkland taking in the bog garden, a magnificent grove of red cedars and the curious stonework of the fairy bridge. If the kids still have energy to burn, there are plenty of options, including an outdoor playground, a 300m-long tree canopy walk and Boda Borg, an indoor team challenge.
Start/finish: Lough Key Forest Park.
Getting there: Heading west from Carrick on Shannon on the N4, Lough Key Forest park is on the right before the turn for Boyle. Follow the long driveway to the car park (€4 per vehicle) at the lake shore.
Level: The trail is flat and suitable for all.
Length/time to walk: 4km.
Pack: Download a map of the park from loughkey.ie.
Refuel: The Lakeside Cafe in the Visitor Centre has great views over the water with a good selection of freshly baked cakes, buns and pizzas.
You can read the article here