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crafts &

shopping

great times
together

culture &

heritage

ceol &

craic

taste of

Roscommon

lakelands

on it, in it!

Roscommon

at a glance

It's mighty !

Your essential guide to great times in our county

A county to put a smile on your face, and a story to take home...

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Chris ODowd Actor & Comedian

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Everything about Roscommon is home to me. Theres nowhere like it. Its untouched by the cynicism of modernity and has remained true to its identity through bubbles and dips. Its no coincidence that it lies in the heart of Ireland.

Ruth Scott DJ

Im always going on about my home county of Roscommon. Im immensely proud of it. Its amazing scenery has some real hidden gems. Its lakes and wooded walks are amongst Irelands finest. Everyone knows that nights out in the county are amazing but I promise you, the days out are even better.

John Waters, Journalist, Magazine Editor & Columnist

I love the Roscommon accent even though it is not a strong, recognizable accent in the manner of Kerry or Mayo. It is so gentle and tender that you feel embraced as soon as the person speaks.

A county to put a smile on your face, and a story to take home

Welcome to Roscommon
Welcome to Ireland under-the-radar. To sweet scenery and constant surprises. To fun and passionate people you may greet as strangers but leave as friends.

Welcome to Roscommon At a Glance


your guide to some of the fun filled and fabulous activities, accommodation and offerings available in our county. This is the essential information you need to enjoy your stay with us. For full details and lots more information check out www.roscommon.ie Pay a flying visit. Stay for weeks. Whizz down a zip-line. Go fish. Cruise the Shannon. Walk ancient miners paths. Eat lamb. Lose yourself in a local conversation.

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Great Times Together Lakelands - on it, in it! Culture and Heritage Walk into Nature Community Tourism Centres Sleep Taste of Roscommon Ceol and Craic Craft & Shopping 4 6 8 10 12 14 18 22 23

Theres no shortage of things to do...


Or you could simply do nothing at all Whatever you do, for however long you stay, youll find Roscommon easy to get to and hard to leave. True characters and community spirit are just part of the Rossie DNA.
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Great Times Together


Travelling with a family? Looking for fun and adventure? Youve come to the right place. From forest parks to highflying zip-wires, from coarse fishing to lake cruising and picnics in the shade of dramatic medieval ruins, Roscommon has something for you.

Arigna Mining Experience Arigna T 071 9646466 W www.arignaminingexperience.ie Experience what coal miners life was like in the Arigna Valley. This underground tour complete with lighting and sound effects provides a unique insight from the 1700's until 1990! Battlebridge Paintball Battlebridge T 086 1664959 W www.battlebridgepaintball.ie Battlebridge Paintballs custom-built Game Zone is a superior gaming experience and their army/outdoor adventure knowledge ensures they stay second to none in terms of military authenticity too! Flix Cinema and Play Zone Roscommon Town T 090 6665333 W www.flix.ie Offers great times and great activities - bowling, a 5 screen cinema, a 5 storey kids play area, top of the range arcade, coffee shop and numerous party facilities. Glendeer Pet Farm Drum, Athlone T 090 6437147 W www.glendeer.com Enjoy an interactive, fun, family day out with everyone feeding, petting & holding the animals on this award winning 12 acre open farm. You can even feed an ostrich from your hand if you're brave enough! Lough Gara Stables Boyle T 071 9664834 W www.loughgararidingstables.com Theres something for everyone at Lough Gara horse riding, clay pigeon shooting, falconry, archery and boating! Lough Key Activity Centre Boyle T 071 9673122 W www.loughkey.ie You wont know where to start at Lough Key with this cluster of unique activities - Tree Canopy Walk, 19th Century Servant Tunnels, Boda Borg (puzzle house), Adventure Play Kingdom, Forest Trails and much more!

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Tullyboy Farm

Loughnaneane Park and Playground Roscommon Town Jump, spin and run in the play area. Enjoy the adult outdoor gym and parkland surrounding Roscommon Castle. Don`t forget to bring some bread and feed the abundant bird life on the castle pond, then take a stroll within the walls of the 13th century castle for free! Roscommon Racecourse Roscommon Town T 090 6626231 W www.roscommonracecourse.ie Noted for its friendly atmosphere and being only 1km from the town, Roscommon Racecourse attracts leading trainers and jockeys in Ireland in both flat and national hunt racing. Roscommon Equestrian Centre Kilrooskey T 086 3270984 W www.roscommonequestrian.ie Ponies and horses , beautiful trekking and hacking routes - everything you could need for a truly enjoyable riding experience! Roscommon Leisure Zone Roscommon Town T 090 6634372 W www.roscommonleisurezone.ie With glow in the dark ten pin bowling and Upsie Daisies, a giant adventure play area with spiral tube slide, three-tier rainbow slide, ball pools, tractor tyre swing and activity climbs. Ros Karting Grove, Kilteevan T 087 2609664 W www.roskarting.com Roscommon's only outdoor karting track offers a superb racing experience. Suitable for children aged 12+ (4' 6"), they also have one smaller kart for younger children. Tullyboy Farm Croghan, Boyle T 071 9668031 W www.tullyboyfarm.com Enjoy a range of activities on this family run real working visitor farm including tractor trailer rides, pony rides, straw dives for goodies, playground as well as lots of animals to hand feed and cuddle! Zipit Lough Key Forest & Activity Park T 051 85800 W www.zipit.ie Zipit is an action-packed, multi-platform, adrenaline-filled adventure journey for anyone from age 7 upwards with a basic level of fitness. Tackle this unique activity mix of zip lines, rope bridges, tarzan swings and climbing walls with a few special extra challenges thrown in for good measure! Golf The links and parklands which form the golf courses in the west of Ireland are extensions of a superb and naturally beautiful landscape. Together with the generous acreage enjoyed by the clubs and courses they constitute a most exciting golfing challenge. Carrick on Shannon 18 Hole Course T: 071 9667015 Hodson Bay Golf Club 18 Hole Course T: 090 6492073 Roscommon 18 Hole Course T: 090 6626382 .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Strokestown 18 Hole Course T: 071 9633660 .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Ballaghadereen 9 Hole Course T: 094 9860295 .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Boyle 9 Hole Course T: 071 9662594 .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Castlerea 9 Hole Course T: 094 9620068
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Lakelands - on it, in it!


Roscommon contains the longest stretch of the River Shannon of any Irish county, and it feels like theres water, water everywhere else too. The countys lakes and rivers are playgrounds for fishermen, pleasure boaters and watersports enthusiasts alike.

Angling Services Ireland Boyle T 071 9663580 W www.anglingservicesireland.com Premier guide service for fishing in Co. Roscommon, Bodo Funke will introduce you to some of the feistiest pike in Ireland. Bay Sports Hodson Bay, Athlone T 090 6494801 W www.baysports.ie An exciting water sports & leisure centre offering a range of activities for ages 6 years upwards - Water Trampolining, Chinese Dragon Boating, Kayaking, Sailing, Currach Rowing, Windsurfing, Pedal Boating, Bushcraft, Archery etc. Errit Lake Amenity Area Gorthaganny Enjoy this amenity at Gortaganny with clubhouse, changing facilities, toilets, showers, a new jetty, a large car park and a lake shore loop walk come along to fish, swim, or picnic. Lough Key Boat Tours Lough Key, Boyle T 086 8142424 W www.loughkeyboats.com Spend an hour or more with Lough Key locals the Walsh family as they take you on a professionally guided tour of the Lough telling interesting and quirky stories. Boats for hire are also available.

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Lough Key Experience Boyle T 071 9673122 W www.loughkey.ie Get a 'birds eye' view of nature and Lough Key as you meander through the treetops witnessing panoramic views of the shimmering island studded lake. Shannon River Adventure Rooskey T 071 9638300 W www.shannonriveradventure.com Water adventures here begin in a private marina and progresses on to Lough Bofin and further! Activities include canoeing, kayaking, raftbuilding, pier-jumping and a range of team games and activities including archery. Shannon River Boat Hire Rooskey T 071 9658964 W www.shannon-river.com Tailored boat hire, travel guides and cruising information all you need for some great days on Irelands Lakelands. Suck Valley Visitor Centre Athleague T 090 6663602 Provides information for fishing in the Athleague area where specimen Pike of 20lbs + are recorded every year! This award-winning centre also houses a coffee shop, gift shop and conference facilities. The Irish Sailing Academy Hodson Bay, Athlone T 049 9529750 W www.irishsailingacademy.com Take your passion for watersports to the next level - get trained in sailing, powerboating, motorboating or getting to grips with navigation and other theory topics. Viking Boat Tours Athlone T 086 2621136 W www.vikingrivercruises.ie Board a Viking Ship that departs daily on a quest to Lough Ree - the 'Lake of the Kings'!

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One of our many fishing stands

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Culture and Heritage


Roscommon is the home of High Kings. Its where Queen Maeve held court, its the birthplace of Irelands first President and its spotted with Norman ruins. But its not all ancient history. A thriving festival calendar offers cutting-edge contemporary culture too.

Boyle Abbey Boyle A well preserved Cistercian Monastery which was founded in the 12th century under the patronage of the local ruling family, the Mac Dermotts. Though mutilated during the 17th and 18th centuries when it was used as a military garrison, Boyle Abbey nevertheless retains its ability to impress! Castlecoote House Castlecoote T 090 6663794 W www.castlecootehouse.com Home of the Percy French Summer School, this Georgian country house located beside an important ford on the River Suck, was defended from earliest times and has fascinating history spanning many centuries. Claypipe Centre Knockcroghery T 090 6661923 W www.oghamwish.com Ethel Kelly has revived the craft of clay pipe (didn) making using the same skills, tools and original moulds employed by artisans in Knockcroghery centuries ago. Clonalis House Castlerea T 094 9620014 W www.clonalis.ie Ancestral home of the O'Connor descendants of the last High Kings of Ireland and Kings of Connaught, Clonalis House, a Victorian Italianate Mansion was built in 1878 and was the first concrete house to be built in Ireland! Derryglad Folk Museum Curraghboy T 090 6488192 W www.derrygladfolkmuseum.com Family run museum with over 6000 items charting history, heritage and folk culture of rural Ireland. Ask Charlie for knowledge of every item on display! Douglas Hyde Interpretive Centre Frenchpark T 087 7823751 E dogara@roscommoncoco.ie An exhibition and information centre dedicated to Irelands first President. Drum Heritage Visitor Centre Athlone T 086 1972323 W www.drumheritage.ie Read the profiles of people and events that shaped the lives of a South Roscommon communitywalk the hallowed ground of the Monastic Site or step back in time to 1826 and visit a restored Hedge School. Elphin Windmill Elphin This fully restored 18th century windmill is the oldest type in the country and was built to harness the winds sweeping over the plains of Elphin.

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Hells Kitchen and Museum Castlerea T 094 9620181 W www.hellskitchenmuseum.com A treasure trove of curiosities and collectables from a by-gone eraOh and by the way theres a train coming through the back wall! King House Boyle T 071 9663242 W www.kinghouse.ie Explore this magnificently restored 18th Century Georgian Mansion rich with stories of a tragic Irish romance, cattle raids, great banquets, family feuds and much more. You can even learn to write with a quill and ink or build a brick vault! Rathcroghan Visitor Centre @ Cruachan A Tulsk T 071 9639268 W www.rathcroghan.ie The seat of Royalty in the West of Ireland for the last 2000 years. Cruachan A will take you through Irelands history through the ages providing in depth knowledge of local heritage Rathcroghan Celtic Royal site and the medieval village of Tulsk. Roscommon Castle Roscommon Town Roscommon Castle was built in 1269 and was finally burned down in 1690 after an exciting 400 year existence; it has gradually fallen into decay but is still something special to behold. Rindoon and St. Johns Castle T 090 6661748 E stjphg@gmail.com Built in 1227 by King Henry III of England, it was populated by up to 1000 people in its heyday. It was destroyed, ruined and forgotten in less than 150 years but now Rindoon is a national cultural tourism treasure, just waiting to be explored! Strokestown House and Irish Famine Museum T 071 9633013 W www.strokestownpark.ie Strokestown

A Georgian Palladian Mansion preserved with its original furnishings and fabrics with restored 6 acre walled pleasure gardens. A tour of The House gives an intimate insight into life in The Big House, upstairs and downstairs. This Museum was established at Strokestown Park in 1994 using the unique original documents which came to light during the restoration of The House, it tells a different story and highlights the parallels between a tragic chapter of Irish History and contemporary global hunger. Roscommon Arts Centre and Gallery Roscommon Town T 090 6625824 W www.roscommonartscentre.ie A vibrant arts space which presents work by professional and community based artists in theatre, dance, music, comedy and literature, along with a programme of Irish and world cinema in the auditorium space. The gallery hosts an ongoing programme of visual art from local, national and international artists.

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Walk into Nature


Nothing beats wandering into another world. And whether youre a hardy hiker, a cyclist blowing off the cobwebs, or a Mum or Dad breaking out the buggy along a forest trail, Roscommon has another world for you. Get your boots on. Roscommon awaits

The Green Heartlands Cycle Route Suck Valley Visitor Centre, Athleague T 090 6663602 W www.suckvalley.ie Take the Green Heartlands Cycle Route, a gently undulating 217km course through farmland and forests, through bogs, rural villages and lakes Roscommon in a nutshell! Suck Valley Walk Way T 087 2665951 W www.suckvalleywaywalk.ie Take The Suck Valley Way which follows the River Suck for 100km as it meanders into East Galway. Arigna Miners Way and Historical Trail T 071 9663033 Youll traverse three counties and come in contact with Sequoia Trees on this series of way-marked routes which follows many of the paths used by miners going to work in the Arigna Mines also incorporating the Curlew, Bricklieve & Arigna Mountains and passing many features of interest, including Carrowkeel megalithic tombs, Labby rock & wind farms. Lake O Flynn Bog Walks and Cycle Tour Ballinlough T 071 9662145 A short, 3.4km trail loops around the picnic area and outdoor gym, while the 6.4km Wild Goose Bog Walk brings walkers into the heart of the bog habitat. Lough Key Forest Park Trails T 071 9673122 E info@loughkey.ie Put one foot in front of the other, and within minutes you could lose yourself in a world of majestic trees, fairy bridges, 19th century follies and stunning lake views.

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Bluebell Woods

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Rindoon Castle

Boyle Historic Town Walk T 071 9662145 Boyles historic trail threads not just through old streets, buildings and monuments marking the history of Roscommon, but the history of Ireland too! Rinn Duin - Warren Point Loop and Castle Loop Rinnegan T 090 6661748 E stjphg@gmail.com Destroyed, ruined and forgotten Rindoon is a national cultural tourism treasure, just waiting to be explored! Walking here, you get a sense that past and present are closely intertwined. Cloonfad Scenic Walk Ballyhaunis T 087 2396985 E ccclogher@eircom.net There are seven walking routes within the Cloonfad Walking Routes, and two Sl na Slinte routes. Mote Park Walks and Orienteering Ballymurray T 090 6627361 Mote Park Heritage Walkway is a 20km way marked walk through open farmland, forest and hillside. A permanent orienteering course is also located at Mote Park. Sliabh Ban Walks Strokestown T 087 9143834 W www.sliabhban.org The Sliabh Ban Walks are of various distances through the Coillte owned forest on Sliabh Ban Mountain. From the Summit 14 Counties and 4 provinces can be seen. The mountain is rich in flora, fauna, history and folklore. Shannonbridge Tour E tioshannonbridge@gmail.com A self-guided tour of the unique Napoleonic Fortifications located on the West bank of the River Shannon at Shannonbridge in the County of Roscommon. Strokestown Walking Tours T 071 9634754 Guided Walking Tour of Strokestown through the ages, focusing on the unique social and built heritage of this remarkable Irish town. Roscommon at a Glance | 11

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tourism centres

Community is a concept bred right into Roscommons DNA


From house to house, street to street and village to village, Rossies share a huge passion for their county. From ancient heritage to pleasure lakes and family-friendly festivals, visitors will never be short of local information and tips. Roscommons six new community tourism centres run by locals will provide all the information you need about the countys attractions and give you the insiders view to have a fantastic stay in the county.

na Bhn Tourism Grounds of King House, Boyle T 071 9663033 E unabhan@indigo.ie Contact Patricia Golden

Museum and Gleesons Market Square, Roscommon Town E marketing@gleesonstownhouse.com. Contact John on 090 6625613 or Sarah on 090 6626954

The Old School House Rooskey T 086 8521796 Contact Dolores Neary

North West CDP Ballaghaderreen

T 087 2250614 E northwestroscommoncdp@yahoo.ie Contact Micheal F

Drum Heritage Visitor Centre Drum, Athlone T 086 1972323 E drumheritagegroup@gmail.com Contact Edward Egan

Rathcroghan Visitor Centre at Cruachan A Tulsk T 071 9639268 E info@rathcroghan.ie Contact Lora OBrien

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Sleep
Whatever your budget, for however long you stay, youre spoiled for choice when it comes to accommodation in Roscommon. Heritage houses, castle hotels, camping parks and cosy country B&Bs are just some of our Failte Ireland Approved options guaranteeing a good nights rest.

HOTELS AND HISTORIC HOUSES


Abbey Hotel - Roscommon Town A charming 18th Century Manor House Hotel. T 090 6626240 W www.abbeyhotel.ie Athlone Springs - Athlone A 67 bedroom boutique-style hotel. T 090 6444444 W ww.athlonespringshotel.com F/A

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Castlecoote House - Castlecoote F/A An early Georgian Palladian mansion built on the grounds of a ruined 16th century castle overlooking the beautiful River Suck. T 090 6663794 W www.castlecootehouse.com
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Clonalis House - Castlerea Victorian Italianate Mansion whose history is woven into the fabric of Co Roscommon. T 094 9620014 W www.clonalis.com Gleesons Town House - Roscommon Town Intimate accommodation delivering high levels of luxury and comfort. T 090 6626954 W www.gleesonstownhouse.com Hodson Bay Hotel - Athlone Stunningly situated on the tranquil shores of Lough Ree. T 090 6442000 W www.hodsonbayhotel.com Keenan's Hotel - Tarmonbarry A boutique hotel where peace and tranquillity reign. T 043 3326052 W www.keenans.ie Kilronan Castle - Ballyfarnon One of Ireland's most luxurious Castle Hotels. T 071 9618000 W www.kilronancastle.ie

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Tullys Hotel - Castlerea F/A Adjacent to the beautiful Sandford Demesne it is family owned and operated. T 094 9620200
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28 Waters Edge - Ballyleague F/A Luxury waterfront apartment overlooking the Shannon, Lough Ree & a marina. T 090 6626954 W www.gleesonstownhouse.com
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Abbey House Cottage, Mews & Self Catering Lodge - Boyle F/A Select holiday accommodation against the backdrop of Boyle's historic Cistercian Abbey. T 071 9662385 W www.abbeyhouse.net
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Clonliss Lodge - Cloondarah Blissfully located beside Ireland's inland waterways. T 090 6622387 W: www.cloonlisslodge.com Cnoc Glas - Killeer Set in a scenic location on a working farm near Castlerea. T 094 9655443 E btcooney@eircom.net Derryhippo Cottage - Creggs A picturesque thatched farmhouse cottage. T 090 6663342 W www.derryhippocottage.com

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Kelly's Cottage - Fuerty F/A A splendid cottage it combines countryside living with modern conveniences. T 090 6663582 E john_m_kelly@hotmail.com
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Kilronan Castle Holiday Village - Ballyfarnon The comforts of Kilronan Castle Hotel in your own cottage. T 071 9618000 W www.kilronancastle.ie Lakeview Lodge - Knockvicar Close to a beautiful lake view, pub and restaurant. T 071 9667158 E mdui@eircom.net Lis Rua House - Listhomas Roe A tastefully restored farmhouse found in a peaceful rural setting. T 094 9620197 E maryfinnegan@iolfree.ie

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Lough Key Wood Holiday Village - Boyle F/A Stunning setting with Lough Key Forest and Adventure Park on the door step. T 071 9667366 W www.loughkeyholidayvillage.ie
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Primrose Cottage - Clegna F/A Restored stone cottage nestled in the beautiful lakes district of North County Roscommon. T 071 9647054 E mickeyleydon@hotmail.com
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Riversdale Loghouse - Knockvicar F/A A unique site with lakeshore frontage and a panoramic view of Lough Key beneath the picturesque Curlew Mountains. T 071 9667012 W www.riverhavenselfcatering.ie
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Rookwood Lodge - Athleague F/A This gate lodge dates from 1728 and has all modern conveniences while retaining its old style charm. T 090 6663810 E glennon.mary23@gmail.com
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Stable Lodge - Taughboy A newly restored stone cottage that dates back to the 1700s. T 090 6624559 E thestablelodge@hotmail.com

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The Orchard House and The Garden House - Clonalis F/A Situated in the walled garden these houses retain all the elegance of the Georgian period. T 094 9620014 W www.clonalis.com
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Woodlands Inn - Demesne F/A Ideally positioned near three lakes & has a boat with motor available for hire. T 094 9880128 E johbreef@eircom.net
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Athlone Springs B & Bs

Abbey Hotel

Abbey House - Boyle Victorian Residence set against the backdrop of Boyle Abbey. T 071 9662385 W www.abbeyhouse.net Ard Aoibhinn - Lecarrow Located minutes away from the idyllic ruined medieval town Rindoon. T 086 2624636 E feeleyquinnguestaccommodation@ireland.com Armcashel Bed & Breakfast - Castlerea Overlooks Clonalis Estate - the Ancestral Home of the O'Connor Clan. T 094 9620117 W www.armcashel.com Avondale - Rooskey Perfectly located to enjoy the great outdoors. T 071 9638095 W www.avondalerooskey.com Ballycreggan House - Kiltoom A handsome Georgian country home situated in a rural setting. T 090 6488101 W www.ballycregganhouse.com Church View House - Ballinlough An ideal elegant retreat for enjoying the easy pace of life in the west. T 094 9640275 W www.churchviewhouse.com Derrbehy House - Lough Allen Overlooking Lough Allen with renowned panoramic views. T 071 9646200 E mary.guihen@gmail.com Fallon's B&B - Castlerea Located in a quiet unspoilt area and nestled in mature gardens. T 094 9621183 W www.castlereabedandbreakfast.com Forest Park House - Boyle Contemporary in style and located beside Lough Key Forest Park. T 071 9662227 W www.bed-and-breakfast-boyle.com Gardens Town House - Roscommon Town Modern home set in beautiful gardens. T 090 6626828 W www.roscommongardens.com Lough Key House Boutique - Kilbryan A small but beautiful 200 year old Georgian Period house. T 071 9662161 W www.loughkeyhouse.com Reeside Bed & Breakfast - Barrymore Situated beside Lough Ree in scenic country surroundings. T 086 8249185 E renaharney@eircom.net

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Riverside House - Roscommon town F/A Situated within walking distance of town centre and surrounded by mature gardens. T 090 6626897 W noellehynes@eircom.net
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B & Bs
Ronane's - Castlerea Countryside setting close to the town. T 094 9620431 E mbronane@yahoo.com F/A

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Rosdarrig House B & B - Boyle F/A Offers genuine Irish hospitality, guests are greeted on arrival with tea and home baking. T 094 9620184 W www.rosdarrig.com
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Rowan Tree House - Scrine Offers friendly service and the real 'home from home' atmosphere. T 090 6623950 W www.rowantreehouse.com St. Johns House - Lecarrow A beautiful Georgian House with sweeping views of Lough Ree. T 090 6661748 W www.stjohnshouse.biz St Ruths Farmhouse - Milltown A classic combination of yesterday's charm with today's comforts. T 090 6488090 W www.struths.com

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Beirne's of Battlebridge CARAVAN & CAMPING

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Gailey Bay Caravan and Camping - Knockcroghery F/A A friendly and family-run camp site with 27 pitches located along the shores of Lough Ree. T 090 6661058 W W: gaileybay@eircom.net
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Lough Key Caravan and Camping - Lough Key F/A Set within mixed woodland and provides pitches for 52 touring caravans with a separate area for tents. T 071 9662212 W www.loughkey.ie
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CAMPING & GLAMPING


Beirne's of Battlebridge - Battlebridge F/A One of only 7 sites open all year round in Ireland and the only Filte Ireland approved caravan-park to offer glamping (glamorous camping) on-site. T 071 9650824 W www.battlebridgecaravanandcamping.ie
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ACTIVITY ACCOMMODATION
Cuisle Holiday Centre - Donamon F/A Located in the beautiful grounds of Donamon Castle, Cuisle Holiday Centre is the Irish Wheelchair Associations national holiday centre and is Irelands leading wheelchair accessible resort. T 090 6662277 W www.iwa.ie
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Taste of

Roscommon

Want to taste the best lamb in Ireland? Or browse the best of Irish artisan and free-range produce in top-notch deli and farm shops? What about a vibrant farmers market, or a lingering lunch after mooring your cruiser? Its time for a taste of Roscommon.

Abbey Hotel Roscommon Town T 090 6626240 W www.abbeyhotel.ie Eat out and enjoy a varied range of dishes at the Abbey Hotel Roscommon for a dining experience where casual elegance meets in a timeless relaxed atmosphere. Aunty Bee's Tearoom and Restaurant at King House Boyle T 071 964805 In the gorgeous grounds of King House, enjoy traditional Irish breakfast and lunch, lovingly made using locally sourced supplies. Bennys Restaurant, Delicatessen and Bakery Castlerea T 094 9620575 Celebrating 30 years, Bennys is enjoyed by locals & visitors alike for their delicious home baked hams, healthy & dietary bread options, authentic potato breads and apple tarts that you will remember for a long time. Brunos Restaurant Knockvicar T 071 9667788 W www.brunosrestaurant.ie Bruno's Italian cuisine presents a wide variety of dishes featuring fresh seafood, locally sourced meats and organic vegetables, handmade pastas and exquisite deserts in this riverside restaurant. Cedar Restaurant Athlone Springs Hotel T 090 6444444 W www.athlonespringshotel.com Offers a superb dining experience, excellent service and a refreshing and interesting menu. Resident Head Chef, Michael Talty, personally selects delectable menus specific to each season. Chungs Chinese Boyle T 071 9663123

Enjoy chinese cuisine in this waterside restaurant. Clarkes Restaurant Boyle T 071 9662064

Home cooked nourishing options from bar food to a full A La Carte menu.

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Best lamb in Ireland

Everyones happy! Comfy Caf Roscommon Town Cosy and comfortable with a seasonal menu of sandwiches and paninis, great coffees and hot chocolates. Dalys Tavern Cornaseer T 090 6489082 W www.dalystavern.ie Now in its third generation and family ran for 80 years. Plenty ask what creates the excellent atmosphere to be answered - "Its the food!" Durkins Restaurant Ballaghaderreen T 094 9860305 W www.durkins.ie As was reported by Patsy McGarry, Irish Times journalist, they are renowned for their steaks! Their extensive bar food menu served every day from 10am with last orders at 9pm lives up to their big reputation. Horans Restaurant Roscommon Town T 090 6626380

Enjoy good food and music in comfortable surroundings. Horans boasts extensive opening hours seven days a week. Into the West Ballaghaderreen T 094 9870391 W www.into-the-west.ie Offers an extensive menu that is great value for money. Bar snacks also available. Jacksons Restaurant Roscommon Town T 090 6634140 W www.jacksons.ie Offers quality dining with a superb mix of modern cuisines including the very best in Mediterranean, seafood and contemporary Irish cuisine. They have built a reputation based on seasonally designed menus and complimented with a vast list of European and New World wines. Keenans of Tarmonbarry Tarmonbarry T 043 26052 W www.keenans.ie Scrumptious food, excellent service in a classic gastro bar on the banks of the River Shannon, what more could one ask for? La Trattoria Caf Roscommon Town T 090 6637904

La Trattoria chefs prepare authentic Italian specialties featuring delicious pizzas, pastas, veal, chicken, seafood, steak, soups, salads and homemade desserts. Take away menu also available. Roscommon at a Glance | 19

Mary Gleeson Margaret's Caf Boyle

Farmers Market, King House T 086 8067313

Try some of Margaret's quiche, bagel or a B.L.T or other tasty treats. And on a cold day warm away the chill with piping hot soup while you and your friends relax, feel at ease and take a break. McDermotts Restaurant Castlebaldwin T 071 9165132 W www.mcdermottsrestaurant.com Youll pass a pleasant evening in this restaurant full of charm and old world character with log stove fires to cosy up to. Meet You Here Ballaghaderreen T 094 9877933

Winner of the Best Casual Dining in Roscommon 2010, 2011 and 2012 awarded by the Restaurant Association of Ireland. Meet You Here is a quaint, quirky and attractive Coffee House and Art Gallery. Molloys Artisan Caf Roscommon Town T 090 6625940 W www.molloysbakery.ie Freshly baked bread and scrumptious cakes, daily specials to be enjoyed. OConnors Tulsk T 071 9639004

Youll be spoiled for choice with their bar and Sunday lunch menus which all feature some traditional dishes, OConnors also offer an excellent choice of teas and beverages. Peppermill Roscommon Town T 090 6634980

Whether you favour a small snack or a four course meal, the Peppermill have a range of mouth-watering options available at prices that won't be beaten. Percy French Hotel Strokestown T 071 9633300

Enjoy lunch time carvery, excellent Steaks and traditional Irish food with a flair for quality and exceptional service. Rathcroghan Caf Cruachan Ai, Tulsk T 071 9639268 W www.rathcroghan.ie/cafe A community caf offering delicious twists on traditional food in a great location on the N5. Pop in for tasty toasted sandwiches, wraps, paninis, salads and a variety of teas, coffee and espresso. Silver Eel Bar and Restaurant Grange T 071 9633299 W www.silvereel.ie Enjoy wholesome food with panoramic views of Grange Lake and the picturesque Kilglass hills at the - often called the heart of the Irish Lake District near Strokestown in Co. Roscommon. 20 | www.roscommon.ie

Stone House Caf Boyle

T 086 3755005

Serves a fabulous selection of homemade soups, sandwiches, paninis and cakes in a quaint setting- enjoy your food as the Boyle River and the world rushes by. The Douglas Hyde Restaurant Kilronan Castle T 071 9647771 W www.kilronancastle.ie Named after the first President of Ireland it offers an elegant, unique, fine dining experience. Executive Head Chef Sushil Kumar has received many accolades for his culinary expertise. The Manse Restaurant @ Gleesons Townhouse Roscommon Town T 090 6626954 W www.gleesonstownhouse.com Enjoy a wide selection of locally sourced menus including dishes, with an Irish and European influence. Interestingly, the name Manse is a Scottish word meaning 'ministers residence'. The Moorings Restaurant Knockvicar T 071 9667916

Overlooking Lough Key and Knockvicar private marina, The Moorings is renowned for its good food and regular music sessions The Old Fort Shannonbridge T 090 9674973 W www.theoldfortrestaurant.com Head chef Marie Haverty joined the restaurant in 2008, and house specialities are now exotic meats such as kangaroo, ostrich and crocodile. Fancy something simpler a juicy local steak, cooked as ordered together with attentive service and lovely surroundings should do the trick! The Purple Onion Tarmonbarry T 043 59919 W www.purpleonion.ie A relaxed atmosphere awaits so if you just fancy a pint and a chat, a fine meal in good surroundings or even wish to view a painting by one of Irelands best artists -come in, sit down and relax. The Yew Tree Lecarrow T 090 6661255 W www.theyewtreeroscommon.com Award winning family run restaurant serving traditional Irish food with a modern twist. Great reputation for steaks, baked glazed bacon shank & select wine list. The Hidden Leek Supper Club Roscommon Town T 087 9439446 W www.thehiddenleek.com An underground dining experience, running a monthly 7-course tasting menu for 10-12 people. Diners sit together at a large table and are served a set menu of local, seasonal food.

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ceol &

craic

Roscommon has always known how to carry a tune...


Its no coincidence that Roscommon is the birthplace of Percy French, Matt Molloy of The Chieftains, legendary bodhrn player Frank McGann, and the burial place of harpist, Turlough OCarolan. Seek out Roscommons music scene in a cosy pub or take in a show or workshop at the Roscommon Arts Centre, where events range from traditional singing lessons to cutting edge comedy and monster dance-offs. King House in Boyle is a busy hub of musical and cultural events. Youll find music and craic, warm hearths and great tunes across the county in towns, villages, and crossroads. For more info and all the listings youll need, see our dedicated Ceol and Craic section on www.roscommon.ie

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Thatch Pub

Set Dancing

crafts &

shopping

Forget giant chain stores and soulless shopping malls...


Rossies love to shop but we love shops with character - the town street vibe, the chat at the counter, the personal touch, the trusted butchers, publicans and retailers, the quality goods and, of course great bargains. We also love our crafts - so many craftspeople live and work in Roscommons restful countryside. People like Michelle Fallon knitting, sewing and running crafts courses from her cottage in Kilrooskey; Roscommon born na Burke, whose leather designs have been worn by Lady Gaga; or fibre artist Frances Crowe, weaving in her country studio in Fourmilehouse. Serendipity lies at the heart of Roscommon shopping too. See www.roscommon.ie for craft and shopping listings.

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