Lough Key is located close to the lively town of Boyle, in County Roscommon. Like all the lakes on the River Shannon it is a hidden gem waiting to be explored. The name Lough key originates from that of a druid named Cé, who, according to legend died at a battle site. Water burst from his grave and formed the lough we know today as Lough Key. There are over thirty wooded islands dotted around the lake including Castle Island, Stag Island, Bullock Island, and Drumman’s Island where Medieval ruins are scattered among them. The lake is surrounded by 800 acres of park area, Lough Key Forest Park. Within the park there are a number of historical and archaeological points of interest including five ring forts, a Fairy Bridge, a Wishing Chair, Ice House and stables.
Lough Key Forest & Activity Park
This is the ideal location for families with children or for a group of people. There are an abundance of things to do and plenty to keep the children entertained. The park is busy all year round. Some of the recreational activities include Boda Borg, an adventure play kingdom and the Zipit forest adventure centre. It is an ideal location for orienteering and there are cycling and walking trails allowing you to explore the park at your leisure. Electric bikes and Segways can also be hired at the location.
Try out the many Water Activities
Lough Key is busy throughout the year for a variety of water activities. Canoeing, kayaking and windsurfing are popular water sports on the lake. For the more adventurous one can experience water skiing, hydrosliding and wakeboarding. Lessons are available on site for each type of sport but must be pre booked. Lough Key is an ideal location for fishing and fly fishing and is home to a variety of quality fish including including Trout, Pike, Bream, Roach, Perch and Eel. For swimmers there is a paddling area close to the shoreline.
Cruise to Lough Key with Silver Line Cruisers
Moor up to the new 50 berth marina at Lough Key where there are excellent facilities for cruisers.
The visitor centre is directly beside the shoreline where you can find more information about the area. The welcoming lakeside cafe allows you to eat in or take away food and drink for the ideal boat picnic. Sit back and relax and enjoy the stunning views over the Lough. Fancy taking a cruise to Lough Key with family or friends? Hire a charter cruiser with Silverline today and enjoy a cruise to Lough Key where an adventure awaits!