Boyle

Boyle

Nestling under the Curlew Mountains, Boyle is a town which is a blend of history and modern day activity.

It is of significant historical interest as it is home to Frybrook House, a 12th Century Abbey and King House. Arriving in Boyle in 1603, the King family quickly became one of the largest land-owning families in Ireland. Recently the subject of a complete restoration by Roscommon County Council, King House now plays host to an exhibition which details the story of the "Kings of Connacht". With various areas focusing on the turbulent history of the House and the elaborate pageantry of the Kings, on whose land the house was built, it is a three dimensional display which appeals to adults and children alike. At the end of the 18th century, the Kings moved to Rockingham (now Lough Key Forest Park) and the house eventually fell to the Connaught Rangers to use as a military barracks. On the way North, if you call to the village of Keadue, you will find the burial place of O'Carolan, the last great Irish bard and to the west of Boyle is Drumanone Dolmen dating to 3000 BC.

town.jpg Nearby Lough Key Forest Park is a dreamland on the shores of island-studded Lough Key . Quiet forest walks, first class fishing , camping, caravan sites, restaurant, cruising and water sport facilities are all available. Boyle is actually renowned as one of the premier angling destinations in Ireland. The three surrounding lakes - Lough Key, Lough Arrow and Lough Gara - attract fishermen from all over Europe. Non-anglers can take to the mountains via Arigna Scenic Drive for spectacular views of the Loughs.

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