7 Interesting Family Walks to Enjoy at Lough Key in Roscommon


June 7, 2019

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Looking for family walks in Roscommon? Lough Key Forest and Activity Park in Roscommon is amongst our favourite places to visit in Ireland with kids. There are a host of activities for families to enjoy from the adventure playground, to the servants tunnels to indoor activity Boda Borg to the Moylurg Tower. With 8kms of traffic free trails, here are 7 interesting family walks to take at Lough Key Forest Park Roscommon next time you visit.

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Lough Key has a number of walking trails that have been graded to suit all abilities. Before you travel, download the walking path map and decide on the route that best fits your family.

#1. Drumman’s Island Walking Trail

fairy bridge at Lough Key

The Drumman’s Island Trail will take you along the shores of the lake and to the quiter reaches of the forest park. Along the route you will cross two bridges, Drumman’s Bridge and the magical Fairy Bridge.

Drumman’s Island Trail is a loop walk of 3.5kms and has been graded easy with multi-access.

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#2. Miners Way Historical Walking Trail

great lawn at Lough Key Forest and Activity Park Family walks in Roscommon

The Miners Way Historical Trail is part of a longer Miners Way walking route. This is a great walking route for families who want to get back to nature as it takes you into the heart of Lough Key Forest Park.

Here you will find majestic red cedar trees along with Norway spruce, evergreen oak, lime, ash and beech trees. Look out for birds, squirrels and other wildlife along the way.

The Miners Way route is 4.2kms and has been graded easy

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#3. Slí Sláinte Walking Trail

Family Walks in Roscommon Lough Key Forest and Activity Park Walks

Developed by the Irish Heart Foundation, you will find Slí na Sláinte trails across Ireland. Slí na Sláinte translate as ‘path to health’.

The Slí Sláinte Trail at Lough Key is the ideal route for those looking to get their hearts pumping slightly quicker! The Slí Sláinte Trail is 3kms and has been graded easy.

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#4. Stroll Through the Tree Tops

Lough Key Sunny Tree Canopy Walk family walks in Roscommon

Get a view of what it is like to be a bird when you take a walk along the unique Tree Canopy Walkway at Lough Key.

The walkway rises 9m from the ground to give you a birds eye view of the estate, lake and surrounding countryside.

It is fully enclosed and flat, so suitable for buggies or for little ones who like to run ahead!

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#5. Test The Family’s Orienteering Skills

Wheel O and walking routes at Lough Key Forest and Activity Park Family Walks Roscommon

Test your outdoor orienteering skills by using detailed maps to choose walking routes to navigate your way through different terrain and visit control points in sequence. The routes have been designed in conjunction with Coillte and offer basic and more skilled routes for the family to enjoy.

For visitors with limited mobility, Wheel-O offers visitors the opportunity to take part in orienteering on safe, specially designed trails.

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#6. Take A Historical Underground Walk

servants tunnels things to do at Lough Key Forest Park family walks in Roscommon

As part of the Lough Key Experience you can walk through the old servant tunnels that ran under Rockingham House. The self-guided audio tour will fill you in on all the history as you go.

Rockingham House once sat where the Moylurg Tower now stands. It was one of the largest mansions in the Boyle area, designed by the famous architect John Nash in 1809/10, and the King family lived here with their many servants.

Unfortunately the house was destroyed by a fire in 1957 but the servant tunnels survived and have been preserved for you to explore.

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#7. Leading Landmarks Walk

Lough Key Fishing temple with Centre

Enjoy a short stroll from the visitor centre to see some of Lough key Forest Park & Activity Centre leading landmarks. Close by you will find the stable yard, chapel, fishing temple and ice house.

Stroll up towards Zip-It High Ropes Adventure and head right to see if you can find the giant tree that you can walk into!

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Over to you now. Have you taken any of these family walks or maybe you have a different walk? Please share them with us in the comments box below. 

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