Lough Key Forest Park in Boyle, Co Roscommon is a giant playground for families young and old. With vast woodlands, 8km of traffic free trails, islands, a lake, zip lines to speed along, tunnels and towers to explore you will be spoiled for choice. Check out 10 of the more unusual activities and things to do at Lough Key Forest Park.
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#1. Puzzle Your Way Through Boda Borg
The weather independent Boda Borg is open year round and offers visitors aged 7+ 2 hours of puzzling fun. A Swedish concept, it is currently the only one in Ireland.
Challenge members of your group to different tasks and see how many you can complete in the allotted time. Be warned, there are no clues so you will need to use all your skills to come out victorious!
#2. Drive Away On a Mini Jeep Safari
If your little one is obsessed with cars and driving, they will definitely want to try out their driving skills in the mini motorised jeeps.
Woodland Safari offers a Kids Mini Jeep Driving Experience on a specially formed track that has been fully enclosed to ensure they can’t drive off into the sunset!
Your little one can enjoy the fully supervised experience, while you look on or even grab video footage of their first driving experience to look back on in years to come!
#3. Take a Trip Underground
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.
#7. Stroll Through the Tree Tops
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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#4. Segway Your Way Through the Woods
Hop on a Segway and take a guided woodland tour to get a unique view of all that Lough Key Forest Park has to offer.
Or you can hire an electric bike and explore the woodlands at your leisure using the marked trails.
Be sure to travel over the fairy bridge which is made up of unusual limestone shapes, some so small and intricate, it is thought only fairies could have created them! And battle your way through Cedar Grove, which is like a scene from Jurassic Park!
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#5. Test Your Orienteering & Wheel-O Skills
Test your outdoor orienteering skills by using detailed maps to choose 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 you to enjoy.
For visitors with limited mobility, Wheel-O offers visitors the opportunity to take part in orienteering on safe, specially designed trails.
Top Tip – check out the big tree set behind the visitor centre which is so large that you can walk inside it so it surrounds you like a giant tree house!
#6. Have a High Ropes Adventure
Zipit at Lough Key offers 1.6km of high ropes tree top activities suitable for all ages, heights and abilities, but best suited to those aged 7+.
In total there are 88 activities connected by zip wires that run to platforms set at different heights from 1m to 10m. Participants have 4 hours to complete different circuits and enjoy exhilarating fun as they glide through the trees.
#8. Climb a Tower
The Moylurgh Viewing Tower can be seen for miles around and offers panoramic views across the Lough Key Estate.
Visitors can climb to the top via a staircase and see the layout of the estate as it would have been back when Rockingham House was there.
You will also get views to Castle Island where you will see the folly built on the original site of the official residence of the McDermott’s who ruled the area in the 17th century.
#9. Make a Wish
The Adventure Kingdom Playground at Lough Key is packed full of exciting equipment for hours of enjoyment. From climbing towers with slides to an obstacle course and roundabouts to swings and climbing frames all enclosed in a colourful, safe space. While you are there, take a seat in the Wishing Chair and make a wish and hopefully all your dreams will come true.
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#10. Sleep Under the Stars at Lough Key
Lough Key Caravan and Camping Park has 51 landscaped, secluded pitches with electricity points and three large areas for campers to set up their tents.
There is a recreational block with an indoor space for games or dining. There is a shower block with bathrooms and a small cooking area and a laundry room. So why not stay the night and enjoy even more fun the next day!
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Have you tried any of these unusual activities at Lough Key Forest Park? Let us know in the comments box below.