Lough Key in Boyle County Roscommon is one of Ireland's most extensive and picturesque forest parks in Ireland. According to legend, the name of the lake comes from Ce', a druid who drowned when the lake was formed.
It is the ancient seat of the McDermott Clan and features an 18th Century castle, now in ruins. Another legend tells the story of Una, the daughter of the MacDermott chief, who was in love with a lower class boy. Her father prevented her from leaving the island. Her boyfriend swam over to her island once too often and drowned in the lake. Of course, the poor girl died of grief, and both her and the boy are supposed to be buried on the island, beneath two intertwined trees which grew over them.
Included in the park's amenities are nature walks, a bog garden, underground tunnells, an observation tower, ice house, wishing chair and a well landscaped caravan and camping park. The development also includes the tree canopy trail, Boda Borg Challenge and the adventure play kingdom. The visitor centre is the gateway to the parkland and forest at Lough Key, and facilities at the centre include a restaurant, gift shop, conference facilities, toilets and baby changing facilities.
The lake, Lough Key, one of the most beautiful lakes in Ireland, is navigable from the Shannon via the Boyle River and the jetty at Lough Key harbours pleasure cruisers from that great river. Boats are available for hire within the park. Guided tours are available for groups and school tours by arrangement.
Rockingham, Boyle, Co. Roscommon
+353 71 9673122