Lough Key Forest Park – Explore Roscommon

What Is Lough Key Forest Park

Lough Key Forest Park is a 350 hectare Park with the beautiful Lough central to it. Known as one of the best attractions in the county of Roscommon with plenty of things to do for all the family.


Being in operation since 1972 the park is used by locals and tourists alike. Featuring many walking tracks, restaurant and visitor centre.

Sections of the park still have features from the Rockingham estate and some developed from the opening from the seventies. Those being the Ice House, Gazebo, Ruined Church, Stables, old Service Tunnels, the Bog Gardens, Wishing Chair, the Fairy Bridge and Drummans Bridge.

Sites on the walking tracks

Redevelopment of the park commenced in 2006 with the redevelopment of the tunnels, restaurant, visitor center and the Moylurg observation Tower.

Moylurg lookout tower

In recent years and in line with a moving world the park added Zipit, a canopy walk through the trees. As well as segways and electric bike trails.

One of the biggest attractions of the park is McDermott’s Castle it’s like something out of a fairy tale. A little castle lying there since the 18th century a great focal  point for this area.

Looking out at McDermott’s Castle

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Where is Lough Key Forest Park

Lough key Forest Park is located 5 minutes from the centre of Boyle Town and 15 minutes from the border of Leitrim and the town of Carrick and Shannon.

How to get to lough key forest park

Lough Key is conveniently located on the N4 Dublin to Sligo Road and is 17 kilometres from the N5 Dublin to Westport Road. The town of Boyle is only 5 km from Lough Key, which links to the N61 Roscommon/Athlone Road.
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A Self Guided Tour which includes two 19th Century Servant Tunnels, the Moylurg Viewing Tower and Irelands Only ‘Tree Canopy Walk’ which is totally unique in Ireland. No Time Limit for this Experience!

SingleGroup (10+)
Family (2 andults + 2 children)€25.00
Extra Family Child€4.00
Children Under 5 Yrs

Other seperate operators in the park also include Lough Key boats, Zippit tree climb and camping site. these all have seperate pricing click on the links to see there prices.

Lough Key Boats

Note: There is a €4 fee payable on exit of the park for parking. A token is given if you spend €20 in the cafe or shop.

Opening Hours

Winter Season hours

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 10am-5pm
Thursday: 10am-5pm
Friday: 10am-5pm
Saturday: 10am-5pm
Sunday: 10am-5pm

Grab A coffee

Lovage Coffee shop in the center of Boyle does a great coffee and is known as one of the best in the area. With all you selections of dairy and non dairy milks and little treats to go alongside.

Where to eat

This park does have its own indoor cafe serving a selection of treats and meals. Enticing you in for a refuel after walk or whatever activity you have been upto.


Lough Key Forest and Activity Park
Boyle, Co. Roscommon


The parks Website


+353 71 967 3122



Other Things To do In Roscommon

  • Roscommon Castle
  • Mote Park
  • Slieve Bawn Wind Farm Hike
  • Rathcroghan
  • Castlerea Demense

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