Lough Key Forest Park with its many historical islands, located on the shores of beautiful Lough Key, is on our doorstep

Focus of attention is Castle Island where, on the site of the present 19th century picturesque castle. Tadgh McDermott of Moylurg, chieftain of the surrounding area, feasted the literati of Ireland in 1541. Ruined churches lurk among the trees of other islands, one of which, Trinity Island - W.B. Yeats planned to set up a community.
Comprising some 350 hectares of mixed woodland, a lake of about 10 km. in diameter and a number of islands, Lough Key constitutes one of the most extensive and picturesque forest parks in Ireland.Included in the park's amenities are an observation tower, ice house, wishing chair and underground tunnels. The immense range of habitats encourage a huge diversity of wildlife.Their is a wealth of historical and archeological points of interest. The estate is planted with some wonderful old trees and the walks through them bring the visitor to Trinity Bridge built from limestone blocks in 1836
fairy bridge
The Nature Trail , starts from Rockingham Harbour. It takes you past the huge tent tree, over the Fairy Bridge (left) and along the path shaded by giant cedars, leading you to the Bog Gardens. All your worries just melt away in this majestical place
The Bog Gardens area with its ingeniously laid stepping - stones made of wooden logs is a huge attraction in the Park, displays a selection of peat-loving plants and shrubs, and a maze of pathways leading you to many fascinating little nooks and crannies. Masses of colourful rhododendrons (right) mingle with the sweet scented yellow azaleas in early summer.
Windsurfing,Jet Sking,Water Sking and Sailing are popular at Lough Key and Swimming areas are located in the park at Rockingham and Doon Shores.There is also a serviced Camping and Caravan park, a restaurant, and a good children's play area
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