Explore the lush green heartlands of Ireland’s natural rural beauty

Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands is close to all the main cities of Ireland; yet feels far away from it all. Dip your toe into not only the lakes of this region but also the culture of immense historical significance and, most importantly, the spectacular nature on offer.

Around Carrick-on-Shannon and Boyle

Following your visit to us here at Lough Key Forest and Activity Park, there is so much more for you to explore.

  • If you are looking for a short getaway out in nature but close to home, the waterways of Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands are a haven of tranquillity – brimming with wildlife and diverse scenery. The forests, open moorland and impressive castles offer a wide choice of outdoor adventures. uncover the rich history of this beautiful landscape.
  • Intriguing castles, lakeside trails and endless blueways – the delights around Lough Allen are yours to uncover.
  • Cruising and Carrick-on-Shannon and Boyle are synonymous allowing you to experience panoramic views of the local countryside that simply cannot be accessed through any other form of transport.

The town of Boyle nestles at the foot of the Curlew Mountains, between Lough Gara and Lough Key

It is an area of great beauty and of immense historical and archaeological interest. Boyle has a long tradition as a thriving market town. The Bridgestone Award winning Courtyard Market, with the finest array of artisan foods, crafts and organic produce, is held in the charming grounds of King House every Saturday from 10am-2pm.

A relaxing day in the area might include a visit to the museum at King House in Boyle town centre. Spend the aternoon on a boat tour around Lough Key or take a leisurely walk on the Lake Walk trail at Kilronan Castle.

Carrick on Shannon is the thriving county town of County Leitrim

Around Carrick-on-Shannon and Boyle The town itself is steeped in history and visitors are recommended to take a walk through the town to discover its interesting historical buildings, in particular the unusual Costello Chapel, which is believed to be the smallest chapel in Europe.

The beautiful 19th Century former Courthouse has been wonderfully restored into Leitrim’s first integrated centre for the arts – The Dock. The Dock houses a 100+ seat performance space, three art galleries, artists studios, an arts education room and is home to The Leitrim Design House.

Carrick on Shannon is known as ‘the marina capital of Ireland’ and the Marina is an attractive focal point of the town. Walking along the boardwalk towards the Marina and People’s Park.

Carrick on Shannon offers a wide variety of restaurants, cafés, hotels along with night time


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