The 10 Best Things to Do in Boyle, Ireland

December 10, 2017 Velvet Mowry

Discover the best top things to do in Boyle, Ireland including Wolfhound Adventure Tours, Zipit Forest Adventures, Lough Key Forest Park, King House, Lough Key Boats, Boyle Abbey, Woodland Segway, Tullyboy Farm, Una Bhan Tourist Information and Traditional Craft Shop, Gaelic Chieftain Sculpture.
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1. Wolfhound Adventure Tours

Lee's Cottage | Ballymore West, Boyle, Ireland
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5 based on 186 reviews

Wolfhound Adventure Tours

Reviewed By donaldehall - pasadena,ca

Wolfhound offers three tours of Ireland: Southern, Western and Northern. We took the Southern tour in August 2017. First, let me tell you what this is not. I have been on week long bike tours by five different companies, including Backroads, VBT and Sojourn. They were all just fine and very similar. Wolfhound was different. Note it is billed as Biking, Hiking and History. And indeed you got some of all these. The accommodations were nice and comfortable but not posh. It is hard to separate out whether the special aspect of this trip was due to the beautiful and interesting country or the tour guide Dave O’Conner. Probably a combination of both. Dave was without question the best tour guide I have experienced. While the other outfitter guides all have good knowledge of the sites, Dave’s breadth of knowledge was much deeper, not to mention his sense of humor. Having studied history at university he was erudite and well informed in all aspects of Ireland, from its history to its current status – political, economic and social. He toured with great sensitivity to his guests adjusting the tour for the desires of the group and the constantly changing weather.
I hope to someday book another with Dave. My colleague who went with me has done so already.

2. Zipit Forest Adventures

Lough Key Forest Park, Boyle, Ireland
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5 based on 84 reviews

Zipit Forest Adventures

Zipit Forest Adventures is a forest adventure company specialising in adventurous trail courses in the treetops, challenging participants to push the boundaries and experience the fun and adventure of an outdoor activity which gets your juices flowing. We will sustain a reputation of quality through excellent service, customer care, and a friendly, professional staff. Our customers are the focus of our company.

Reviewed By BluebellGalway - Galway, Ireland

As Irish weather consisted of showers with some dry spells, zip lining is the perfect Irish activity as you're guarded by the trees. Great facility and staff are friendly and helpful. Few tips: book in advance as you won't get a slot especially in summer, bring a fleece or equivalent as it can be colder than you think and if you're an adult in the summer time, try to beat the kids to the initiation part as you can lose an hour here. You have up to 5 courses and many of them have only one (if they're under 9). I think staff are ok with with that too. Toilet at facility would be nice but toilets aren't far away. Other activities to do at Lough Key so it's a good place to go.

3. Lough Key Forest Park

Boyle, Ireland +353 71 967 3122
Excellent
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4.5 based on 534 reviews

Lough Key Forest Park

Fun for all ages!!Whatever you choose it is the perfect location to do as much or as little as you like!Boda Borg questing is a great way to spend a few fun filled hours with family or friends. After entering the weather-independent house only teamwork, ingenuity, trial and error will allow you to survive the challenges.The Lough Key Experience is an engaging audio tour, directing you through 19th century tunnels to the top of the Moylurg Tower and over the Tree Canopy Trail.The Adventure Play Kingdom is a purpose built outdoor children’s play area providing stimulating and entertaining activities and equipment suitable for a variety of ages and abilities.Enjoy the stunning views & homemade cooking from the Lough Key Café and outdoor deck or browsing for a memento in our Gift Shop.Thinking of spending a few days experiencing the delights that North Roscommon and the surrounding area have to offer? Why not book a pitch for your tent or caravan in the Lough Key Caravan and Camping Park, open from Easter to September.

Reviewed By John M - Lyon, France

We visited Lough Key Forest Park in summer time, and spent of the time there rowing out to view McDermott's Castle located on Lough Key, which is roughly circular in shape and measures about 10km across. There are over 30 Islands, including Castle Island, where McDermott's Castle stands. The castle was built c. 1800 by the King family as a summer house and burned down during the 2nd world war. The mooring place for the boat was already taken so we were forced to row about to the other side and clamber our way up the rough grass and rocks after getting the boat tethered. The castle dates back to the 18th century but, sadly, is now in ruins and frankly dangerous, especially when standing near the high walls with loose stones on top. Nevertheless, many structural features of the castle are preserved in the outer ivy coated shell.

4. King House

Main Street | 10 minutes walk from Boyle Harbour, Boyle, Ireland +353 87 643 0326
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4.5 based on 78 reviews

King House

King House is a beautifully restored Georgian mansion situated in Boyle, Co. Roscommon. First built in 1730 as the seat of the King family, a powerful local landowning dynasty, the house later became a military barracks and recruiting depot for the famous Irish regiment of the British army, the Connaught Rangers. The house is now open to the public as a museum dedicated to bringing its history to life. The house is also an art gallery housing the Boyle Civic Art Collection, the third largest public collection in Ireland. We look forward to your visit!

Reviewed By sleonard11

Visited Kings House today all the family really enjoyed it. Worth getting the audio tour really enhances the tour. It is a stunning house steeped in history. It is a self guided tour. At €15 for a family great value.

5. Lough Key Boats

Lough Key Forest Park, Boyle, Ireland
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4.5 based on 70 reviews

Lough Key Boats

Based in Lough Key Forest Park we are are a family owned and run business a offering boat hire and boat tours on the scenic lake of Lough Key. Enjoy the beauty, tranquillity and history of Lough Key, on board our 40-seater boat "The Trinity" a fully enclosed, centrally heated tour boat.We are Lough Key locals who can share interesting and quirky stories about Lough Key as well as taking you on a professionally guided tour of one of the greatest Lakes in Ireland. During the tour you will be entertained by legends, for instance "Una Bhan" and the legacy of Trinity, Church and Castle Islands. Located at the harbour is a fleet of Rowing boats for hourly rental these boats can seat up to five persons and life jackets are supplied. Lough Key Boats is a seasonal business open during the summer season, which starts the last week June until the last week of August. We organize customised tours all year round with special booking in advance. We can also organize fishing boats all year round please contact us to book in advance.

Reviewed By Shazabeth - County Longford, Ireland

Lovely trip around Lough Key with lots of interesting facts given by the crew. Suitable for young and old - well thought up and very enjoyable. Just one downside - if you're up near the front of the boat you can't see out very well.Hi ShazEK28, Thanks for taking the time to write a review of the boat tour. Your feedback is appreciated. All the best, Catriona

6. Boyle Abbey

Boyle, Ireland 353-79-62604, 353-79-62145
Excellent
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4 based on 133 reviews

Boyle Abbey

Reviewed By beachgirl9211 - Delray Beach, Florida

Wish I could say I made it inside, but we got there at 9am and it opened at 9:30. It looked very nice from the outside and got lots a great pics but very sad that it had a later opening. Cost~5eu to enter. Get the OPW Heritage Card if you are visiting lots of Castles and abbeys in Ireland.

7. Woodland Segway

Lough Key Forest & Activity Park, Boyle 0010, Ireland
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5 based on 37 reviews

Woodland Segway

Go gliding in the beautiful surrounds of Lough Key Forest & Activity Park with Woodland Segway. Enjoy a guided glide, a historical tour or a session on the lawn on the amazing technological marvel that is the Segway.

Reviewed By ElsieRyan

Segway way around park & through forest, well worth doing when at lough key, 6 of us did it & everyone loved it, great fun, great way to see the whole area, top marks Connor our guide, very nice guy

8. Tullyboy Farm

Tullyboy Farm Tullyboy Farm Tullyboy Farm Boyle | Co. Roscommon, Boyle, Ireland +353 71 966 8031
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4 based on 49 reviews

Tullyboy Farm

Tullyboy Farm is a real working farm open to visitors and is a great day out for all the family in a safe environment. There is a whole range of activities available, miniature tractor barrel rides, straw dives for goodies, playground, indoor and outdoor picnic areas, large indoor sandpit and toy tractor run. Meet our friendly animals and feed and cuddle the puppies, little piglets, Llamma, Alpaca, Emu, Bambi and lots more. Meet Farmer Matt and go on the Tullyboy Farm Express tractor trailer ride,the kids love it. Have a pony ride on Bob by lead rein. Most activities are included in the day visit at no extra cost so it represents great value for money at €7 per person. We are open 7 days a week from 10.30 To 6pm. Stay as long as you like, make a day of it on Tullyboy Farm. We also have packages for Hen Parties and all types of groups.

Reviewed By Tony B - County Dublin, Ireland

After a look around the farm then a nice cuppa was in order and the little people wanted something too.

9. Una Bhan Tourist Information and Traditional Craft Shop

Grounds of King House Main Street | Main Street, Boyle F52 WR26, Ireland +353 71 966 3033
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5 based on 21 reviews

Una Bhan Tourist Information and Traditional Craft Shop

Traditional Irish Craft Shop with Tourist information and office services available. All products sold in Úna Bhán Traditional Craft Shop are all locally sourced and guaranteed Irish. Products sold include CDs, Ceramics, Postcards, Photographs, Maps, Jewellery, Confectionary, Magnets, and much, much more. If you want to take home so authentic Irish merchandise from calm and tranquil surroundings, please call into us.

Reviewed By Vidiot42 - New York City, New York

The woman working at the tourist information office and souvenir store was amazingly helpful and friendly, giving us directions and recommendations to a wonderful little cafe for a quick lunch in Boyle, as well as a traditional-music pub in Belfast. She wrote down her recommendations,...MoreMany thanks for your kind review, we are delighted to hear you enjoyed the rest of your time in Ireland.

10. Gaelic Chieftain Sculpture

N61, Boyle, Ireland
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

Gaelic Chieftain Sculpture

Reviewed By MrsWoman94 - Dublin, Ireland

I'm not usually overly pushed with these road side sculptures and art installations but have to say this one is pretty impressive looming high above the N4. It's worth a pull in if you're driving past and from the car park there are lovely views over Lough Key. The sculpture itself is really well done when you're up close to it and the history is interesting too.

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