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Highlights of County Roscommon

Ireland West Farm Stay is situated right on the border of Roscommon. Roscommon is a hidden gem in Ireland. A place less visited by the crowds however an integral part of Ireland's Hidden Heartlands. Below we have listed some of the highlights and things to do in Roscommon which you can visit during your stay on Ireland West Farm Stay.

What to do in Roscommon

Rathcroghan, Cruachan Aí, is known as the Ancient Capital of Connacht, where the festival of Samhain (Halloween) is said to originate. This majestic landscape is the oldest and largest unexcavated Royal Site in Europe. Experience Rathcroghan’s rich archaeology, mythology and history through our interpretive rooms and expertly guided tours. The Rathcroghan Visitor Centre, the home of our museum, is located in the medieval village of Tulsk, Co. Roscommon.

Distance from Ireland West Farm Stay : 30 minutes

Find out more about Rathcroghan here

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Roscommon Castle is a dramatic and imposing 13th Century Norman Castle. It was built in 1269 by Robert de Ufford, Justiciciar of Ireland, on lands he had seized from the Augustinian Priory. The Castle was finally burned down in 1690 and gradually fell into decay. Today, the Castle’s past can be explored while enjoying the adjacent Loughnaneane Park and Playground, a 14 acre recreational area. The natural features of the park include a turlough and a wildlife conservation area which is a habitat of unique flora and fauna.

Distance from Ireland West Farm Stay : 30 Minutes

Find out more about Roscommon Castle here

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Lough Key Forest Park is an 800-hectare park on the southern shore of Lough Key, 40 km south east of Sligo Town and 3 km east of BoyleCounty Roscommon, in the Republic of Ireland. Formerly part of the Rockingham Estate laid out by the King family, it is open to the public.

Distance from Ireland West Farm Stay : 1hr

Find out more about Lough Key Forest Park here

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This Cistercian monastery was founded in the twelfth century by monks from Mellifont Abbey under the patronage of the local ruling family, the MacDermotts. It was one of the most powerful of the early Cistercian foundations in Ireland and among the foremost in Connacht.

Distance from Ireland West Farm Stay : 20 minutes

Find more about Boyle Abbey here...

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The Gaelic Chieftain is a sculpture near Boyle in Co. Roscommon marking the site of the Battle of Curlew Pass fought during the Nine Years War in 1599.

Distance from Ireland West Farm Stay : 40 minutes

 

Find out more about The Gaelic Chieftain Statue here...

The Castlestrange stone is located in the grounds of "Castlestrange House" near Athleague in County Roscommon, Ireland. It is a granite boulder decorated with flowing spirals in the La Tène style, dating from the Iron Age period between 300 BC and 100 AD.

Distance from Ireland West Farm Stay - 50 minutes

Find out more about the Castlestrange Stone here...

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LA light and sound enhanced tour of an underground coal mine, plus a geology and history exhibition.

Distance from Ireland West Farm Stay : 45 minutes

Find out more about the Arigna Mining Experience here...

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Strokestown Park is a unique historic property in Co. Roscommon in the west of Ireland and is the home of the first landlord to be assassinated during the height of the Great Famine of Ireland the 1840s.  Strokestown features a Georgian Palladian Mansion with its original furnishings and fabrics, the National Famine Museum & Archive and Historic Gardens & Woodlands.  Since 2015, Strokestown Park is cared for by the Irish Heritage Trust, an independent charity.  

Distance from Ireland West Farm Stay : 30 minutes

Find out more about Strokestown House here.

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This large "keepless" fortress is often claimed to be the only surviving early medieval castle of an Irish ruler. It was built in the 1290s and has a roughly square plan, with enormous asymmetrical polygonal corner towers and a gateway in the eastern curtain, flanked by comparatively small projecting turrets. 

Distance from Ireland West Farm Stay : 20 minutes

Learn more about Ballintober Castle here...

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