(population 2,222) is situated on the River Boyle, between
Lough Key and Lough Gara, in north west County Roscommon.
12th -century Cistercian Boyle Abbey. Tel. +353 79 62604. Open
June to mid-September. Keys from neighbouring Abbey House B&B
King House Interpretive Centre. Tel. +353 79 63242. King House
(1730), located in the town centre, was the residence of the
King family before they were granted a large estate where the
nearby Lough Key Forest Park is located. The interpretive centre
showcases the history of Connaught, Boyle, and the King family.
Closed in winter.
The Boyle Civic Art Collection is housed in King House and features
paintings and sculptures by leading contemporary Irish artists.
The 350-hectare Lough Key Forest Park is just east of the town.
The park contains the remains of the Rockingham estate, which
was the home of the King family after King House, as well as
several ring forts. There are boats for hire for fishing and
boating on Lough Key.
The weeklong Boyle Arts Festival, featuring visual and performance
arts, takes place from July 21st to July 30th.
Úna Bhán Tourism Co-operative in the grounds of
King House organises weeklong cycling, horse riding, and fishing
Boyle Golf Club is in Knockadoobrusna on the Roscommon Road.
Tel. +353 79 62594.
has two hotels and plenty of B&Bs, and there is a camping
and caravan park in the forest park.
four Bus Éireann Expressway buses from Dublin to Sligo
stop at Boyle, and three stop at Boyle on the return journey
from Sligo to Dublin.
The Sligo-Dublin train also stops in Boyle. There are three
trains each day in both directions.
details for Boyle
or (1850) 366222
Chamber of Commerce
Co. Enterprise Board
Open May to mid-September.
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