Chill out amidst the beautiful unspoiled scenery of County Roscommon.
A 12th-century abbey, a wonderful Georgian mansion and Ireland’s National Famine Museum
One of the earliest Cistercian monastery foundations in Ireland, Boyle Abbey was founded in the 12th century, and now houses an exhibition of Irish history.
This magnificently restored Georgian mansion was built in 1730 by Sir Henry King on a stunning location overlooking the River Boyle.
Now in ruins, Roscommon Castle was originally quadrangular in plan with rounded bastions at the corners and a double-towered entrance gate, along with six round towers. Quite an imposing sight for the visitors of its day and now.
A restored 18th century mansion with original furniture, Strokestown is home to the National Famine Museum. A combination of original documents and images interprets the famine.
Enjoy excellent golf in a truly scenic environment
The Táin Trail Cycling Route retraces the steps of one the most famous Irish sagas and takes you through the very heart of mythical Ireland.
The exceptionally scenic Carrick Golf Club was recently upgraded from a nine-hole to an 18-hole and, at its highest point, offers breathtaking views.
Try the Suck Valley Way [www.suckvalley.com], which incorporates part of the O’Sullivan Beara Trail and offers walkers exceptional beauty and tranquility over 90km. Walks within the Arigna Region are also renowned for their scenic treasures with a wide selection of options from historical trails to recreational walks.
Savour the great outdoors with a wonderful open farm and spectacular forest park.
Children can mingle with over 56 species of birds and animals at this family-run open farm. In December, this charming farm is converted into Ireland’s Lapland with Santa, live deer, a snow scene and more.
This 350-hectare park includes beautiful woodland, gardens, archaeological remains and almost 10km of walkways.
An exciting play center for kids with slides, ballpools, climbing frames, a creativity corner and more.
Culture & festivals
Explore Roscommon’s unique cultural attractions with folk museums and Georgian houses
Many archaeological remains are located close to the centre, from Stone Age to the Historic period, and are interpreted in bright, modern exhibition rooms.
An award-winning museum with a collection of rural artifacts with horse-drawn machinery, tradesman’s tools, butter-making equipment, utensils, an old thatched bar and grocery, gramophones, rare washing machines and old 78 records.
The first president of Ireland and founder of the Gaelic League, Douglas Hyde had a profound interest in the Irish language and traditions. This interpretative centre focuses on his life, work and contribution to Ireland.
Built around 1750 for Henry Fry, Frybrook House is a handsome Georgian house with three storeys, elegant bay windows and fine examples of decorative Georgian plasterwork.
Eating, Drinking & Luxury
An elegant country house overflowing with heirlooms, plus a truly special restaurant
This fabulous 19th century county house is occupied by the descendants of Connacht’s ruling dynasty, the O’Connors, and it’s a fascinating place filled with incredible heirlooms, such as the family’s coronation stone and Carolan’s Harp. The four ensuite guest bedrooms are lavishly decorated with four-poster and canopy tester beds and delightful old furnishings.
This is a pure treasure trove for enthusiasts and anyone interested in by-gone days. On display is the largest private collection in the country and there’s the added bonus of being able to settle back with a glass of Guinness while taking stock of how times have changed since.
This fascinating restaurant is housed within the newly restored main building of the Shannonbridge Fortifications, which date back to the Napoleonic period in 1810. As well as being a delightful and unique venue, the Old Fort is also an excellent place to eat with dishes like poached Irish salmon, grilled prime Irish Hereford Sirloin Steak and pan-fried tournedo of wild boar.