Roscommon - A county to put a smile on your face and a story to take home...
Welcome to Ireland under-the-radar. Welcome to sweet scenery and constant surprises. To fun and passionate people you’ll greet as strangers but leave as friends.
Welcome to striking scenery and enough visitor attractions to warrant our title as the ‘Playground’ of the West!
Pay a flying visit. Stay for weeks.
• Go fishing
• Cruise the Shannon
• Walk ancient paths
• Eat lamb
• Lose yourself in a local conversation
There’s no shortage of things to do.
Or you could simply do nothing at all…
Whatever you do, for however long you stay, you’ll find Roscommon easy to get to and hard to leave. True characters and community spirit are just part of the Rossie DNA.
Fancy a Walk?
The Arigna Miner’s Way is a 62km trail following a network of paths once used by workers in the Arigna coal mines. You can hike for days through towns like Keadue and Ballyfarnon, stopping off at friendly B&B accommodation along the way, or simply dip into one of the shorter stretches along the route – whatever takes your fancy.
Or what about a gentler meander through St. John’s Wood and guided visits to Rindoon?
Hire a Cruiser
Why not hire a cruiser and explore the waterways at your own pace? Potter along, cast off, stop to explore an old ruin, catch some summer music, cook on board or eat out in Rooskey, Lecarrow, Tarmonbarry or Athlone. The nine-to-five will seem very far away indeed…
Did you know...
From Lough Allen to Shannonbridge, Roscommon contains the longest stretch of the River Shannon of any Irish county - following the west bank for almost one third of its length.
Roscommon is truly undiscovered, a place where every highway and byway seems to deliver you far from the madding crowd. From peat bogs to wildflower meadows, native woodlands to turloughs, lakes & marshes, it’s the perfect place to escape into the wild.
Did you know...
That Roscommon is home to around 70 peat bogs? And that Sphagnum moss, covering much of the surface of Roscommon’s bogs, can hold up to 20 times its own weight in water. Without it, the bogs would not exist.
Culture and Heritage
High kings, stately houses, subterranean mine tours and a jail reputed to have had the only hangwoman in Ireland – Lady Betty – are just a taste of what lies in store. Roscommon isn’t just full of surprises today. It’s been throwing them up through a rich history. Check out some of these heritage gems – Arigna Mining Experience, Rathcrogan Visitor Centre at Cruachan Ai, King House, Strokestown Park House and Famine Museum, Castlecoote House and Clonalis House to name a few.
Ceol & Craic
Roscommon has always known how to carry a tune. It’s no coincidence that Roscommon is the birthplace of Percy French, Matt Molloy of The Chieftains, legendary bodhrán player Frank McGann, and the burial place of harpist, Turlough O’Carolan. Seek out Roscommon’s traditional music scene in a cosy pub, kick back at Strokestown’s Féile Frank McGann, or take a show or workshop at the Roscommon Arts Centre, where events range from traditional singing lessons to cutting edge comedy and monster dance-offs.
Crafts & Shopping
Forget giant chain stores and soulless shopping malls. Rossies love to shop but we love shops with character - the town street vibe, the chat at the counter, the personal touch, the trusted butchers, publicans and retailers, the quality goods and, of course… great bargains.