Best outdoor spots for families in Roscommon


With the vagaries of Irish weather we have to grab the opportunities to get outdoors whenever we can.  So here’s some of the best places in Roscommon to get outdoors with kids and enjoy the fine scenery in the county.

Lough Key Forest Park

There’s nothing like Lough Key Forest Park on a summer day for a picnic.  With heaps to do at the Forest Park including a forest canopy walk, Boda Borg and plenty of walks and trails to follow, you’ll easily spend the whole day outdoors here.

Derrylahan Loop Walk

Exploration should begin around the Resource Centre at Derrylahan, which offers no less than seven signed walks for the surrounding area, all of which interconnect to allow a variety of options. The walk heads east from the centre, then loops back north and west right into the heart of this ancient region.

From the Derrylahan Resource Centre, head east along a series of grassy pathways, bog tracks and old boreens, an enjoyable and eventful trail for all the family.

Loughnaneane Park

A gentle walk around Loughnaneane Park is one of our favourite things to do as a family.

More on Family Walks in Roscommon

River Shannon

A large portion on Roscommon’s eastern borders are formed by the mighty River Shannon. Try

  • adventure sports in Rooskey
  • a boat tour in Carrick on Shannon or
  • a leisurely lunch stop off in Tarmonbarry.

Boyle Pleasure Grounds

A place where you can sit and rest or watch a game of soccer on the all-weather pitch.

You can let the children play in the enclosed safe playground or walk along by the Boyle River.

This is where the Military band used to play years ago, from here you can see the front of King House.

Related: Playgrounds in Roscommon

Article written by Lorraine, Mykidstime Roscommon

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