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Top things to do in County Roscommon
Views and Scenery in County Roscommon
County Roscommon Holiday Guide
The wildflowers of County Roscommon make it a romantic summer destination, but there’s a lot more to this part of Ireland than pretty flowers. The region is covered in ancient burial sites with hundreds of prehistoric mounds and dolmens. Throw in some of Ireland’s best pubs and restaurants and County Roscommon becomes a perfect location for a holiday.
Roscommon is a watery place – the county is famous for its turloughs, mini lakes on a limestone base that flood in the winter but dry out in the summer leaving beautiful wildflower meadows. County Roscommon has dozens of turloughs that are rich in wildlife – whooper swans, geese and ducks of all kinds live on the water during the wet months. When the waters shrink, smaller birds like the willow warbler and meadow pipit arrive, along with flowers like parnassus, lady’s smock, brooklime and ragged robin.
Lough Key is a more permanent stretch of water and the beautiful lake bordered by the atmospheric forest park peppered with mediaeval ruins.
Around Boyle , visitors will also find the foothills of the Curlew Mountains, which are great for cycling and walking.
Heritage and History in County Roscommon
Rathcrogan Royal Centre offers a fantastic insight into ancient Ireland, deciphering the enigmatic sites for visitors. The centre is home to about 200 of the 1,500 prehistoric sites in Roscommon and is a great place to visit. The site was the seat of the High Kings of Ireland and is steeped in Irish mythology. The Drumanone dolmen near Boyle is also a superb example of a megalithic structure.
The Arigna Mine in Roscommon town is one of the county’s must-sees – the former coal mine has been converted to give visitors a 45-minute tour of the daily life of the Irish miners.
Sport and Leisure
The waters of Lough Key are great for pleasure boating and fishing – anglers will love the calm waters of the lake with its abundance of pike, bream and tench. The Boyle river, Finlough, Oakport Lake and Lough Gara are also pleasant fishing spots.
Golfers can find courses in attractive surroundings at Roscommon town, Athlone , Boyle and Castlerea , while ramblers have a host of trails to pick from – there are several paths near Boyle for all standards, while Kilronan Castle is good for longer walks.
Shopping and Events in County Roscommon
The Boyle Arts Festival in July covers all the main disciplines: music, art and theatre. Roscommon town is the place to go for high street shops, and the farmers take over the town each spring for the Roscommon Lamb Festival. The Tain March in early June is a celebration of Roscommon ’s history, the costumed warriors parading at Rathcroghan.
Enjoy County Roscommon
County Roscommon is a great place for history buffs to visit, but don’t forget its natural charms – the changing of the seasons brings a new look for Roscommon each month.
The Advantages of County Roscommon Weekend Breaks
Discover a different side of the British Isles with a weekend break in County Roscommon. Take short breaks away from home and enjoy some quality time in a beautiful place. You’ll come back feeling refreshed and inspired. You can have an action-packed County Roscommon weekend break or get some peace with a relaxing holiday. Whatever experience you’re looking for, find it with our deals on hotels in County Roscommon.
Cheap Weekend Breaks to County Roscommon
There are lots of ways to take cheap weekend breaks to County Roscommon. Expedia offers deals on car hires and hotel rooms and covers trips for all kinds of travellers. The best way to save is with our holiday packages in County Roscommon. First, choose your car hire and hotel reservation. Then we’ll bundle them together into one discounted price. Solo explorers, couples, families, and groups of friends can discover budget solutions for their weekend breaks. Once you arrive, enjoy some of the fun things to do, many of which are free or cheap to experience.
County Roscommon Romantic Weekend Breaks
Couples love taking romantic weekend breaks in County Roscommon. Whisking your lover away for a romantic County Roscommon weekend break is the perfect opportunity to make new memories together. Expedia offers all kinds of hotel options, so you can find romantic hotels in County Roscommon and choose the best place for you. Check out our deals on beautiful properties, and you’ll save even more when you choose to package your hotel reservation with a car hire.
Family Weekend Breaks in County Roscommon
Set some time aside to experience family weekend breaks in County Roscommon. There are plenty of excellent family-friendly hotels in County Roscommon within our selection of hotels. You can also find a place to call home in one of the holiday rentals in County Roscommon. With accommodation, activities, and adventure all waiting, there’s never been a better time to plan County Roscommon family weekend breaks.