We are excited to share with you all our plans for the coming weeks!
Due to the current challenges we wanted to carefully devise a plan that would make it possible to open certain elements to the park whilst keeping it a safe environment for everyone.
We have all the Covid-19 safety protocols in place on our premises. We are following all health and safety guidelines that have been put in place by the government and the HSE. The health and safety of our staff and customers is our top priority.
- From July 13th our campsite will reopen for self-sufficient campervans to start. Online bookings only and we advise booking in advance due to limited spaces. More options will follow in August.
- We have taken the tough decision to keep our visitor centre closed to the public. We feel it is the most responsible option right now and it is an effort to minimise risk.
- Food and
– We will have a cart serving barista Puro coffee, cold drinks, confectionary and homemade Sweet treats
– Food truck serving Pizza, Toasties, Sandwiches, Barista Coffee and cold drinks
– Additional Picnic tables will be in place
– Opening Soon – Our Outdoor terrace for take away food seating
- A staffed Information Point will be in place for all your queries and will also provide information on our unique and beautiful historical park. We will have available o Map for the Multi User Orienteering trail o Map for our New Family Fun Trail to include our Magic Tree and Fairy Bridge o 8 kms of off-road Cycling trails o Walking trails o New Cycleway linking Lough Key to Boyle via Boyle Marina
- Zipit is open and you can book online on www.Zipit.ie
- Bike Hire with www.electrickbiketrails.ie . You can book online (advanced booking advised)
- Coming Soon – Online booking system to enable us to safely reopen the ‘Adventure Play Kingdom’ and ‘The Lough Key Experience’ (Tree Top Canopy walk).
These plans may change depending on the current situation in Ireland. We hope you can understand our gradual reopening approach and the decisions we have had to make to keep within the guidelines of Physical Distancing and Safety.
We would like to thank you all for your patience and all of your messages and we look forward to welcoming all visitors to the park very soon!
25th June 2020
Thank you for your interest in Lough Key Caravan and Campsite.
We are delighted to now be in a position to open our campsite from July 13th for self-contained caravans/campers only. Our intention is after a couple of weeks to extend our services to limited tenting also. We are working hard to ensure we have all measures in place to create a safe environment for you our visitors and our staff. We hope that you will work with us in adhering to the safety procedures and respect each other’s space.
For tenting enquiries, please email us firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be added to a waiting list.
In order to book online now for a self-contained camper/ caravan please read the below information very carefully.
Our hard-standing pitches are laid beautifully with the natural landscape allowing for natural physical distancing
Our indoor communal areas will remain temporarily closed. This means customers must use their own toilets, cooking facilities and sinks for washing up and teeth brushing. This also includes the closure of the indoor games room and laundry facilities.
With a rigorous cleaning regime in place our recently renovated outdoor shower block will be open. Tokens can be purchased at reception.
All bookings must be made online and paid in full prior to arrival. Campers have upto 24 hours before arrival date to cancel for free otherwise the full amount will betaken.
Our visitor centre will remain temporarily closed – this includes Boda Borg, Tree Canopy Walk, Adventure Play Kingdom and Café
We will have outdoor catering and coffee carts available located by the lakeside.
Along with our vast woodlands, walking trails, numerous islands and historical landmarks, there is a recently developed ‘cycleway’ which will is fabulously scenic route that will join Lough Key to the town on Boyle via the Boyle canal ideal for all ages to use.
Upon arrival or at any given time only we ask your assistance that only one guest is to approach reception. There will be an adequate outdoor queuing system with shelter. Please bear in mind check-ins usually are most busy from 5pm- 8pm. Try and avoid this time to reduce traffic.
Every effort will be made to ensure everyone can enjoy their visit to stay safe and well.
Remember physical distancing is required throughout our campsite and park, children must be supervised and made aware of this. Those who do not comply with these rules will be asked to leave without a refund.
Booking can be made online from today 25th June 2020 via the link below.
Please note when booking if a site number says (0) it has already been booked.
If you have any questions or queries please email us directly email@example.com and we will respond as quickly as possible but due to a high-volume number this can take a little longer than normal.
Thank you for your patience,
Lough Key Camping & Caravan Park
Lough Key Forest Park
To all our customers, we want to thank you for all your enquiries. Due to Covid 19, we had to temporarily lay off all our staff and therefore it is not currently possible to respond to everybody individually. However please be assured that the Management Team and many of our fantastic Team are working tirelessly behind the scenes on the implications of Covid 19 for our business. The guidelines for reopening were just launched by Failte Ireland and we are currently processing 5 documents relating to our business. We are also navigating finance, staffing and safety plans for reopening.
The level of enquiries has been heartening for us but we are asking for your patience now. As of yet we do not have a date for reopening as there is a huge amount of work to do to reconfigure our business to ensure the safety of our staff and you our customers which is of paramount importance to us. Please be reassured that once a date is decided it will be published and that all Facebook messages, emails, phone messages and campsite booking enquiries will be responded to individually.
Thank you all and we look forward to welcoming you back to Lough Key in the near future.
Run by volunteers, everyone welcome – walkers, joggers and runners. Arrive at 9.15 for the walk to the start line and join us afterwards for a coffee in the Lakeside Cafe. A mostly flat course with a few inclines but the scenery is so fabulous you wouldn’t even notice them!
It is free to participate! but please register before your first run. Only ever register with parkrun once. Don’t forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode (request a reminder). If you forget it, you won’t get a time.
For more information check out Parkrun Ireland website https://www.parkrun.ie/loughkey/
Lough Key Parkrun are always looking to expand our volunteer team so call 086 159 6085 if you’d like to be a part of the organising team.
Make sure you check out Lough Key Parkrun’s Facebook page for updates https://www.facebook.com/pg/loughkeyparkrun/about/?ref=page_internal
The list of finalists has been compiled after hundreds of nominations received over the past few months for the Irish Hospitality Awards 2019.
The Irish Hospitality Awards are back for the third year to celebrate those who provide residents and visitors with great experience and enhance the hospitality industry in Ireland.
The glamorous ceremony will be held at The Crowne Plaza Dublin Airport, on Monday, March 25, where top contenders will gather together to find out the lucky winners.
The third Irish Hospitality Awards aim to acknowledge those who make a real difference in this sector as well as the efforts that the professionals put to ensure their customers always receive services that are second to no-one.
The awards will also provide a platform to thank everyone who is committed to make the country a friendly place to visit, from restaurants that serve delicious dishes to bars and clubs that keep Ireland alive at nights, museums, shopping centres, as well as festivals that promote different cultures.
Lough Key Forest & Activity Park is one of the finalists in the category of ‘Tourist Attraction of the Year’. They will find out if they will be crowned winner and will take the trophy home at the elegant ceremony taking place in March.
Louise Fitzpatrick, General Manager says the company are honoured and delighted to be nominated for the awards. These awards are really special as the nominations come from the public themselves. So, a huge thank you to all our loyal customers who have voted for us. This has come as such a lovely surprise after our recent success in the ‘Irish Tourism Industry Awards’
A Spokesperson for the Irish Hospitality Awards 2019 said: “Working in the hospitality industry can be challenging at times and these awards aim to recognise those who have succeeded in this sector, despite the difficulties.
The finalists are people who have dedicated their whole career in making the country a great place for its lively atmosphere. It is time to recognise those professionals, whose work often remains over-shadowed.
We would like to congratulate all the finalists for their nomination and wish them the best of luck.”
Louise Fitzpatrick, General Manager of Lough Key Forest & Activity Park and all the team were delighted to have been announced as Winners at the recent Irish Tourism Industry Awards which took place in the Clayton Burlington Hotel. We were named as the ‘Best Irelands Hidden Heartlands tourism experience’ for 2019.
Louise says, that all of the team at Lough Key were delighted and very proud to have been shortlisted as a finalist in these prestigious awards and were up against very stiff competition. To have been chosen as the winner was a huge achievement and to say we are honoured is an understatement. It is also great for the town of Boyle, the whole county of Roscommon and surrounding areas to have won this.
The Irish Tourism Industry Awards give recognition to and promote people, companies and organisations – overseas and at home – that have made significant contributions to developing, marketing, selling and delivering improved visitor experiences in Ireland and to increasing the number of visitors from overseas.
The category we won of Best ‘Irelands Hidden Heartlands’ tourism experience was a wide-ranging category from businesses, communities and local authorities focused on Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands which embody and deliver the principles of hospitality and customer service; who place a high value on the tourism experience for visitors, who contribute to the fabric, attractiveness and sustainability of its tourism region; and who bring the story of the place to life for the visitor. The ‘experience’ could have been an activity, a visitor attraction, a place to stay, a tour, a food or cultural offering, or a formal or informal alliance, and needed showcase the very best of what Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands region has to offer. Tourists that enjoy the experience needed to feel enthused, engaged and excited by a quality tourism product, and required to come away with a story to tell.
Louise goes on to say, Lough Key Forest and Activity Park is now heading into its 12th year of operation and thankfully is going from strength to strength, a sustainable company reinvesting in its products every year to deliver a positive customer experience, with increasing visitor numbers annually and an expanding activity base. This growth is also hugely beneficial to our local town of Boyle and surrounding areas who can all benefit from the extra footfall coming into our area and also provide employment to local people which all acts as a catalyst for prosperity.
We know the beautiful park and unique products that we have and how the park captures the ethos of ‘Irelands Hidden Heartlands’ but to see it now recognised on a national scale is very rewarding and being announced as winners was a very proud moment. I want to thank the judges and ITIC for their work in enabling this awards event which recognises success and Innovation. I would also like to acknowledge all the other Tourism ventures who have made the shortlist, we were in excellent company! And of course, I want to take this opportunity to thank all our staff and customers for all their support over the years
In 2018 Failte Ireland launched a new brand for the middle section of the country which is now known as ‘Irelands Hidden Heartlands’ and Lough Key Forest and Activity Park is part of this new brand .
Explore the green heartlands of Ireland’s natural beauty, where activity and relaxation are centred around rural communities. The Hidden Heartlands lifestyle can be discovered across a lattice work of land and water trails, showcased by the iconic River Shannon and the Beara Breifne Way.
There’s an infinite variety of things to do for all ages along the length of the Shannon, by the many beautiful lakes in the area or along the many quiet rural byways that criss-cross this picturesque part of Ireland.
The water offers leisurely boat trips, water sports and great fishing, while numerous walks, cycletrails and pony trekking trails allow you to take in the views, or explore the rural heartlands and small villages in this quiet, relaxing part of the country.
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The Boyle to Lough Key Forest Park Service, taking in Boyle Marina commences Easter Sunday. Starting from King House Bus Stop on Sunday 1st April providing 4 return scheduled services daily, 7 days a week through to 31st October 2018. The Lough Key Forest Park Service links visitors to the park and Boyle Marina to Boyle Town.
The Local Link Service also operates a bus from Boyle to Roscommon the service runs seven days per week, Monday to Sunday, providing three return scheduled services daily.
We are delighted to see that our Boda Borg Lough Key (Crystal Maze in the article) has been voted the top hen party idea in a recent survey by Hen and Stag Sligo. We are delighted to see that the survey carried out by Hen and Stag Sligo was recently published on numerous sites like Her.ie, Joe.ie and The Irish Mirror. Thank you for all the positive votes!!