LOUGH KEY

Co. Roscommon

Lough Key

Co. Roscommon

lough key

* Illustrative purposes only and not to scale. Not all activities are shown, and may vary from season to season.

Lough Key Forest Park

Co. Roscommon

Zipit is situated in Lough Key Forest Park, Boyle, Co. Roscommon.

The stunning park is one of Irelands best forest parks and it is renowned for its breathtaking views, varied wildlife and historic buildings. With a woodland of broadleaf and conifer trees, wild bluebells and a wonderful scent of wild garlic, walking through this magical park is a must! With the ever-changing foliage, you can have a different experience at Zipit throughout all 4 seasons.

Lough Key Forest Park has a wonderful Visitor Centre with a treetop canopy walk, indoor activity (Boda Borg maze), outdoor adventure playground for children and a Lakeside Cafe.

There are plenty of open areas to picnic or even barbecue, as well as a fantastic lake with great water activities, boats, bikes and segways for hire.

Toilets

There are toilets available in the Visitor Centre – 5-minute walk across the park from Zipit.

Parking

€4.00 Coillte charge. Coins / Tokens / Contactless.

Food and Drink

Full range of supplies in the Lough Key Lakeside Café. Our on-site cabin sells limited cold drinks and chocolate bars.

Safety Notice

Magnets used in our safety mechanisms at Zipit Lough Key may interfere with the operation of pacemakers and ICD’s. We recommend you contact your doctor prior to booking with Zipit.

Accessibility

Wheelchair access is provided to our cabin at Zipit Lough Key. Other paths throughout the forest can be difficult to traverse.

Lough Key Forest Park has introduced Wheel-O (Wheelchair-Orienteering) . This is a new concept to introduce visitors with limited mobility to orienteering. Wheel-O enables people with limited mobility to enjoy the sport which involves participants following a waymarked trail and identifying their location at control points along the way. See Lough Key Wheel-O for more information.

irelands

Get Active In Nature

Explore the green heartlands of Ireland’s natural beauty, where activity and relaxation are centred around rural communities. The Hidden Heartlands lifestyle can be discovered across a lattice work of land and water trails, showcased by the iconic river Shannon and the Beara Breifne Way

Lough Key Visitor Centre & Activity Park

Zipit Lough Key is nestled in the stunning Lough Key Forest Park, which surrounds the waterway of Lough Key. Only 15 minutes drive from the cruising hub of Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim and only 10 minutes from the historic town of Boyle, Co. Roscommon.

After your exhilarating Zipit experience, you are likely to be be ravenous! Take the 10 minute stroll to the Lakeside Visitor Centre and Café, which will leave you spoilt for choice with it’s daily offerings of home baked food, childrens menu and gluten free options.

The ice-cream bar is a popular choice for cooling off after you have worked up a sweat at Zipit. On those glorious Irish sunny days, enjoy sitting outside on the decking, overlooking the marina, and the stunning Lough Key Lake. If you are celebrating a birthday or family get together at Zipit, the Lough Key Café has a great party food menu (pre-booking required), with a private function room for business meetings or larger groups. Inside the Visitor Centre, reception staff have a wealth of knowledge on the history of Lough Key and the surrounding areas. The gift shop has a variety of merchandise and the Centre has toilets and baby changing facilities. Another attraction is Boda Borg – a ‘crystal maze’ experience. There is also Adventure Kingdom for the young adventurers and the Treetop Canopy Walk offers a leisurely stroll through the treetops. Allow extra time to explore the beautiful lakeside, taking a rowing boat out to ‘Castle Island’ or stay on land and explore the 800 acres of parkland which has walking trails, cycling trails for bikes, electric bikes and segways and the recently developed Wheel-O trail for wheelchair users. For more information on above please see www.loughkey.ie

Lough Key Visitor Centre & Activity Park

Carrick On Shannon & Boyle

Stay overnight at the on-site camping facilities in Lough Key for campervans, caravans and tents. Pre-booking is strongly advised, as this popular spot books up fast. Carrick and Boyle offer plenty of alternative accommodation, for families, couples and large groups.

Head into Carrick on Shannon for an amazing choice of food – pubs and restaurants abound, along with take-aways. See our food and drink tab for more information.

When you can pull yourself away from Lough Key and all its amenities, take time to explore with

Intriguing castles, lakeside trails and endless blueways. Cruising and Carrick on Shannon are synonymous, allowing you to experience panoramic views of the local countryside that simply cannot be accessed through any other form of transport.

Options to get off the beaten track are never far away in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands and a cruise with Moon River Cruises delivers on panoramic views of the softly undulating horizon that simply cannot be accessed through any other form of transport!

Carrickcraft, Emerald Star and Silverline Cruisers, all offer a range of rental options from 2 – 10 berths. They will be able to suggest a variety of itineraries to help you on your way.

Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands – Yours to Uncover

Vittos Restaurant

Located in Carrick-on-Shannon, just a 15 minute drive from Zipit Lough Key.

Located in the heart of the beautiful and vibrant riverside town of Carrick On Shannon, Vittos Restaurant offers the very best in casual Italian and European in relaxed and informal surroundings.

T: +353 71 962 7000

VIEW MORE  >

The Oarsman

Just a 10 minute drive from Zipit Lough Key. Award winning restaurant in Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

T: +353 71 962 1733

VIEW MORE  >

King House Tea Rooms

Military Road, Boyle, Co. Roscommon.

T: +353 87 643 0326

VIEW MORE  >

The Stairs Gastro Pub

The Crescent, Termon, Boyle, Co. Roscommon, F52 KH95.

T: +353 71 966 2405

VIEW MORE  >

The Bazaar

The Bazaar Coffee Shop, Knocknashee, Boyle, Co. Roscommon, F52 KP96.

T: +353 89 244 4187

VIEW MORE  >

An Craoibhín

N61, Termon, Boyle, Co. Roscommon.

T: +353 86 204 1001

VIEW MORE  >

Lough Keel Scout Campsite

Lough Keel Scout Campsite is situated 5 km from Boyle town and 10 km from Carrick-on-Shannon just off the N4 Dublin – Sligo route, adjacent to the renowned Lough Key Forest Park.

T: +353 86 836 0222

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Courtyard Apartments

Located in Carrick-on-Shannon, just a 15 minute drive from Zipit Lough Key.
Courtyard Apartments offer a number of self catering accommodation options to comfortably cater for whatever size group you might have.

T: +353 71 96 22711

VIEW MORE  >

Carrick Self Catering

Carrick Self Catering accommodation is ideal for a relaxing getaway in the popular tourist town of Carrick on Shannon, just a 15 minute drive from Zipit Lough Key.

T: +353 86 602 9755

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Carrick Plaza Suites

Located in Carrick-on-Shannon, just a 15 minute drive from Zipit Lough Key. At Carrick Plaza Suites you will find accommodation that is just a 2-minute walk to Carrick on Shannon town centre.

T: +353 71 961 6266

VIEW MORE  >

Lough Rynn Self Catering

3-bed houses located in Mohill, on the grounds of Lough Rynn Castle. Just a 30 minute drive from Zipit Lough Key.

T: +353 71 9632700

VIEW MORE  >

The Landmark Hotel

Located in Carrick-on-Shannon, just a 15 minute drive from Zipit Lough Key. Enjoy 4* luxury hotel accommodation in a central location in Carrick-on-Shannon.

T: +353 71 962 2222

VIEW MORE  >

Bush Hotel

Located in Carrick-on-Shannon, just a 15 minute drive from Zipit Lough Key. Charming award-winning boutique heritage hotel in the centre of Carrick on Shannon, with open fires, themed lounges and bars, coffee shop and restaurant.

T: +353 71 967 1000

VIEW MORE  >

Rosdarrig B&B

R294 Carrick Rd, Letfordspark, Boyle, Co. Roscommon, F52 WO86

T: +353 71 966 2040

VIEW MORE  >

Riverhaven Log Cabins

Knockvicar House, Kilteasheen, Boyle, Co. Roscommon

T: +353 71 966 7012

VIEW MORE  >

Linsfort Guest House and Bed and Breakfast

Linsfort, Main Street, Boyle, Co. Roscommon

T: +353 71 966 3480

VIEW MORE  >

Lough Key House

Kilbryan, Boyle, Co. Roscommon
T: +353 87 678 7257

VIEW MORE  >

Forest Park House B&B

Ballykeevican, Boyle, Co. Roscommon

T: +353 71 966 2227

VIEW MORE  >

Athlone Springs Hotel

Just 5 Minutes from Athlone Town. Centrally located for activities in the midland region. Fully Equipped Gym and relaxing swimming pool.

T: +353 90 644 4444

VIEW MORE  >

Boda Borg

The innovative, Weather Independent Boda Borg is a Swedish concept unique to Ireland and is challenging for both adults and children.

T: +353 71 967 3122

VIEW MORE  >

Segway’s

Segway’s are two wheeled, battery powered Personal Transporters that are easy to use and so much fun.

T: +353 71 9662898

VIEW MORE  >

Lough Key Tour Boat & Hire

Experience the history and tranquility that Lough Key has to offer by spending an hour relaxing, meeting new people and simply just enjoying the lake and sights with Lough Key Boat Tours.

T: +353 86 0846849

VIEW MORE  >

Arigna Mining Experience

Arigna Mining Experience was developed to preserve the energy heritage of the Arigna Valley and to ensure that Arigna maintains its link with Energy themes: Past, Present & Future.

T: +353 71 964 6466

VIEW MORE  >

Electric Bike Trails

Electric Bike Trails provide a range of regular hybrid and electric bikes as well as a full range of children’s bikes, child carts and seats for hire at Leitrim Village for customers to cycle on the
Shannon Blueway between Leitrim Village and Drumshanbo (20km round trip, traffic free cycle suitable for all the family.

T: +353 86 828 8747

VIEW MORE  >

Baysports, Westmeath

Baysports is home to Irelands largest inflatable waterpark and holds the Guinness World Record for the Tallest floating slide in the World!

T: +353 90 649 4801

VIEW MORE  >

Shannon River Adventure, Roscommon

Shannon River Adventure is an outdoor adventure centre located on the banks of Lough Bofin providing water and land based activities on an instructor led basis.

T: +353 71 963 8300

VIEW MORE  >

Way To Go Adventures, Leitrim

Way To Go Adventures offers guided canoe tours, bike hire and advise on where to access the best walking or trekking routes in the Shannon Erne region of south Leitrim.

T: +353 86 2468085

VIEW MORE  >

Irish Boat Rental Association, IBRA

The IBRA companies, Emerald Star, Carrickcraft, Locaboat and Silverline Cruisers, hire a total of 224 hire cruisers from 5 bases along the Shannon.

VIEW MORE  >

Lough Key Gardens

The Gardens is located 3.5km from Boyle town centre in the beautiful surroundings of Lough Key Forest Park. It is a family owned business run by the Mullarkey family who have have been serving the local people for over 40 years.

T: +353 86 823 5287

VIEW MORE  >

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Learn a new skill and explore the scenic beauty of Lough Key and it’s Islands.

T: +353 85 1304763

VIEW MORE  >

How To Find Us

Directions to Lough Key

Zipit is situated in Lough Key Forest Park, Boyle, Co. Roscommon.

The stunning park is one of Irelands best forest parks and it is renowned for its breathtaking views, varied wildlife and historic buildings. With a woodland of broadleaf and conifer trees, wild bluebells and a wonderful scent of wild garlic, walking through this magical park is a must! With the ever-changing foliage, you can have a different experience at Zipit throughout all 4 seasons.

Lough Key Forest Park has a wonderful Visitor Centre with a treetop canopy walk, indoor activity (Boda Borg maze), outdoor adventure playground for children and a Lakeside Cafe.

There are plenty of open areas to picnic or even barbecue, as well as a fantastic lake with great water activities, boats, bikes and segways for hire.

Transport

By Road

Lough Key Forest Park is conveniently located on the N4 Dublin to Sligo Road and is 17 kilometres from the N5 Dublin to Westport Road. The town of Boyle is only 5 km from Lough Key, and 15 minutes from Carrick-on-Shannon.

By Train

Boyle Train Station is on the Sligo – Dublin Route. For timetables and further information please log onto www.irishrail.ie.

By Bus

The town of Boyle is serviced by a number of bus routes. For timetables, routes and further information please log onto Bus Eireann at www.buseireann.ie

Local Taxis

Carrick Taxis

Up to 8 in taxi or a 14-29 seater mini bus. Pricing at time of enquiry.

Leitrim Taxis

For private excursions to one of the many attractions in Co. Leitrim.

When you access other companies’ external websites through a link from the website of Zipit Forest Adventures Ltd., please note that Zipit Forest Adventures Ltd. has no control over the products/services provided by these companies. The links to external websites are provided as a matter of convenience only and should not be taken as an endorsement by Zipit Forest Adventures Ltd. of the products or services of those external companies, for which Zipit Forest Adventures Ltd. assumes no responsibility or liability.

Lough Key

Co. Roscommon

lough key

* Illustrative purposes only and not to scale. Not all activities are shown, and may vary from season to season.

7-8 yrs old

CIRCUITS

Green Circle

ONLINE PRICE

€ 18

Minimum Height: 1 metre
The Green Circuit is for Little ones aged 7 to 8. They can repeat the circuit (under supervision, adult can supervise from ground and do not need to book in if they wish to stay on ground), but they cannot move on to a higher level, even if they "are like a monkey"!

9-11 yrs old

CIRCUITS

Green Circle

ONLINE PRICE

€ 28

Minimum Height: 1.2 metres
If you are 9-11, you have access to Green, Orange and White circuits. You may not complete all 3 within your time. The Orange reaches up to 4 metres high and the White circuit is slightly harder, going as high as 10 metres in places. Children under 18 must be supervised at all times.

12-14 yrs old

CIRCUITS

Green Circle  

ONLINE PRICE

€ 32

Minimum Height: 1.4 metres
If you are 12-14, you have access to Green, Orange and White circuits. You may not complete all 3 within your time. The Orange reaches up to 4 metres high and the White circuit is slightly harder, going as high as 10 metres in places. Children under 18 must be supervised at all times.

15-17 yrs old

CIRCUITS

Green Circle

ONLINE PRICE

€ 35

Minimum Height: 1.4 metres
If you are 15 - 17 years, you may be able to include the Red Circuit, after completing one or two of the lower circuits successfully. It's a real challenge and you will need to monitor your time carefully if you want to tackle the Red. Children under 18 must be supervised by adult at all times.

18+ yrs old

CIRCUITS

Green Circle

ONLINE PRICE

€ 40

Minimum Height: 1.4 metres
Adults can include the Red Circuit, after completing one or two of the lower circuits successfully. It's a real challenge and you will need to monitor your time carefully if you want to tackle the Red. You can complete any of the lower circuits with younger family members.

irelands

Get Active In Nature

Explore the green heartlands of Ireland’s natural beauty, where activity and relaxation are centred around rural communities. The Hidden Heartlands lifestyle can be discovered across a lattice work of land and water trails, showcased by the iconic river Shannon and the Beara Breifne Way

Lough Key Visitor Centre & Activity Park

Zipit Lough Key is nestled in the stunning Lough Key Forest Park, which surrounds the waterway of Lough Key. Only 15 minutes drive from the cruising hub of Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim and only 10 minutes from the historic town of Boyle, Co. Roscommon.

After your exhilarating Zipit experience, you are likely to be be ravenous! Take the 10 minute stroll to the Lakeside Visitor Centre and Café, which will leave you spoilt for choice with it’s daily offerings of home baked food, childrens menu and gluten free options.

The ice-cream bar is a popular choice for cooling off after you have worked up a sweat at Zipit. On those glorious Irish sunny days, enjoy sitting outside on the decking, overlooking the marina, and the stunning Lough Key Lake. If you are celebrating a birthday or family get together at Zipit, the Lough Key Café has a great party food menu (pre-booking required), with a private function room for business meetings or larger groups. Inside the Visitor Centre, reception staff have a wealth of knowledge on the history of Lough Key and the surrounding areas. The gift shop has a variety of merchandise and the Centre has toilets and baby changing facilities. Another attraction is Boda Borg – a ‘crystal maze’ experience. There is also Adventure Kingdom for the young adventurers and the Treetop Canopy Walk offers a leisurely stroll through the treetops. Allow extra time to explore the beautiful lakeside, taking a rowing boat out to ‘Castle Island’ or stay on land and explore the 800 acres of parkland which has walking trails, cycling trails for bikes, electric bikes and segways and the recently developed Wheel-O trail for wheelchair users. For more information on above please see www.loughkey.ie

Lough Key Visitor Centre & Activity Park

Carrick On Shannon & Boyle

Stay overnight at the on-site camping facilities in Lough Key for campervans, caravans and tents. Pre-booking is strongly advised, as this popular spot books up fast. Carrick and Boyle offer plenty of alternative accommodation, for families, couples and large groups.

Head into Carrick on Shannon for an amazing choice of food – pubs and restaurants abound, along with take-aways. See our food and drink tab for more information.

When you can pull yourself away from Lough Key and all its amenities, take time to explore with

Intriguing castles, lakeside trails and endless blueways. Cruising and Carrick on Shannon are synonymous, allowing you to experience panoramic views of the local countryside that simply cannot be accessed through any other form of transport.

Options to get off the beaten track are never far away in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands and a cruise with Moon River Cruises delivers on panoramic views of the softly undulating horizon that simply cannot be accessed through any other form of transport!

Carrickcraft, Emerald Star and Silverline Cruisers, all offer a range of rental options from 2 – 10 berths. They will be able to suggest a variety of itineraries to help you on your way.

Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands – Yours to Uncover

Vittos Restaurant

Located in Carrick-on-Shannon, just a 15 minute drive from Zipit Lough Key.

Located in the heart of the beautiful and vibrant riverside town of Carrick On Shannon, Vittos Restaurant offers the very best in casual Italian and European in relaxed and informal surroundings.

T: +353 71 962 7000

VIEW MORE  >

The Oarsman

Just a 10 minute drive from Zipit Lough Key. Award winning restaurant in Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

T: +353 71 962 1733

VIEW MORE  >

King House Tea Rooms

Military Road, Boyle, Co. Roscommon.

T: +353 87 643 0326

VIEW MORE  >

The Stairs Gastro Pub

The Crescent, Termon, Boyle, Co. Roscommon, F52 KH95.

T: +353 71 966 2405

VIEW MORE  >

The Bazaar

The Bazaar Coffee Shop, Knocknashee, Boyle, Co. Roscommon, F52 KP96.

T: +353 89 244 4187

VIEW MORE  >

An Craoibhín

N61, Termon, Boyle, Co. Roscommon.

T: +353 86 204 1001

VIEW MORE  >

Lough Keel Scout Campsite

Lough Keel Scout Campsite is situated 5 km from Boyle town and 10 km from Carrick-on-Shannon just off the N4 Dublin – Sligo route, adjacent to the renowned Lough Key Forest Park.

T: +353 86 836 0222

VIEW MORE  >

Courtyard Apartments

Located in Carrick-on-Shannon, just a 15 minute drive from Zipit Lough Key.
Courtyard Apartments offer a number of self catering accommodation options to comfortably cater for whatever size group you might have.

T: +353 71 96 22711

VIEW MORE  >

Carrick Self Catering

Carrick Self Catering accommodation is ideal for a relaxing getaway in the popular tourist town of Carrick on Shannon, just a 15 minute drive from Zipit Lough Key.

T: +353 86 602 9755

VIEW MORE  >

Carrick Plaza Suites

Located in Carrick-on-Shannon, just a 15 minute drive from Zipit Lough Key. At Carrick Plaza Suites you will find accommodation that is just a 2-minute walk to Carrick on Shannon town centre.

T: +353 71 961 6266

VIEW MORE  >

Lough Rynn Self Catering

3-bed houses located in Mohill, on the grounds of Lough Rynn Castle. Just a 30 minute drive from Zipit Lough Key.

T: +353 71 9632700

VIEW MORE  >

The Landmark Hotel

Located in Carrick-on-Shannon, just a 15 minute drive from Zipit Lough Key. Enjoy 4* luxury hotel accommodation in a central location in Carrick-on-Shannon.

T: +353 71 962 2222

VIEW MORE  >

Bush Hotel

Located in Carrick-on-Shannon, just a 15 minute drive from Zipit Lough Key. Charming award-winning boutique heritage hotel in the centre of Carrick on Shannon, with open fires, themed lounges and bars, coffee shop and restaurant.

T: +353 71 967 1000

VIEW MORE  >

Rosdarrig B&B

R294 Carrick Rd, Letfordspark, Boyle, Co. Roscommon, F52 WO86

T: +353 71 966 2040

VIEW MORE  >

Riverhaven Log Cabins

Knockvicar House, Kilteasheen, Boyle, Co. Roscommon

T: +353 71 966 7012

VIEW MORE  >

Linsfort Guest House and Bed and Breakfast

Linsfort, Main Street, Boyle, Co. Roscommon

T: +353 71 966 3480

VIEW MORE  >

Lough Key House

Kilbryan, Boyle, Co. Roscommon
T: +353 87 678 7257

VIEW MORE  >

Forest Park House B&B

Ballykeevican, Boyle, Co. Roscommon

T: +353 71 966 2227

VIEW MORE  >

Athlone Springs Hotel

Just 5 Minutes from Athlone Town. Centrally located for activities in the midland region. Fully Equipped Gym and relaxing swimming pool.

T: +353 90 644 4444

VIEW MORE  >

Boda Borg

The innovative, Weather Independent Boda Borg is a Swedish concept unique to Ireland and is challenging for both adults and children.

T: +353 71 967 3122

VIEW MORE  >

Segway’s

Segway’s are two wheeled, battery powered Personal Transporters that are easy to use and so much fun.

T: +353 71 9662898

VIEW MORE  >

Lough Key Tour Boat & Hire

Experience the history and tranquility that Lough Key has to offer by spending an hour relaxing, meeting new people and simply just enjoying the lake and sights with Lough Key Boat Tours.

T: +353 86 0846849

VIEW MORE  >

Arigna Mining Experience

Arigna Mining Experience was developed to preserve the energy heritage of the Arigna Valley and to ensure that Arigna maintains its link with Energy themes: Past, Present & Future.

T: +353 71 964 6466

VIEW MORE  >

Electric Bike Trails

Electric Bike Trails provide a range of regular hybrid and electric bikes as well as a full range of children’s bikes, child carts and seats for hire at Leitrim Village for customers to cycle on the
Shannon Blueway between Leitrim Village and Drumshanbo (20km round trip, traffic free cycle suitable for all the family.

T: +353 86 828 8747

VIEW MORE  >

Baysports, Westmeath

Baysports is home to Irelands largest inflatable waterpark and holds the Guinness World Record for the Tallest floating slide in the World!

T: +353 90 649 4801

VIEW MORE  >

Shannon River Adventure, Roscommon

Shannon River Adventure is an outdoor adventure centre located on the banks of Lough Bofin providing water and land based activities on an instructor led basis.

T: +353 71 963 8300

VIEW MORE  >

Way To Go Adventures, Leitrim

Way To Go Adventures offers guided canoe tours, bike hire and advise on where to access the best walking or trekking routes in the Shannon Erne region of south Leitrim.

T: +353 86 2468085

VIEW MORE  >

Irish Boat Rental Association, IBRA

The IBRA companies, Emerald Star, Carrickcraft, Locaboat and Silverline Cruisers, hire a total of 224 hire cruisers from 5 bases along the Shannon.

VIEW MORE  >

Lough Key Gardens

The Gardens is located 3.5km from Boyle town centre in the beautiful surroundings of Lough Key Forest Park. It is a family owned business run by the Mullarkey family who have have been serving the local people for over 40 years.

T: +353 86 823 5287

VIEW MORE  >

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Learn a new skill and explore the scenic beauty of Lough Key and it’s Islands.

T: +353 85 1304763

VIEW MORE  >

How To Find Us

Directions to Lough Key

Zipit is situated in Lough Key Forest Park, Boyle, Co. Roscommon.

The stunning park is one of Irelands best forest parks and it is renowned for its breathtaking views, varied wildlife and historic buildings. With a woodland of broadleaf and conifer trees, wild bluebells and a wonderful scent of wild garlic, walking through this magical park is a must! With the ever-changing foliage, you can have a different experience at Zipit throughout all 4 seasons.

Lough Key Forest Park has a wonderful Visitor Centre with a treetop canopy walk, indoor activity (Boda Borg maze), outdoor adventure playground for children and a Lakeside Cafe.

There are plenty of open areas to picnic or even barbecue, as well as a fantastic lake with great water activities, boats, bikes and segways for hire.

Transport

By Road

Lough Key Forest Park is conveniently located on the N4 Dublin to Sligo Road and is 17 kilometres from the N5 Dublin to Westport Road. The town of Boyle is only 5 km from Lough Key, and 15 minutes from Carrick-on-Shannon.

By Train

Boyle Train Station is on the Sligo – Dublin Route. For timetables and further information please log onto www.irishrail.ie.

By Bus

The town of Boyle is serviced by a number of bus routes. For timetables, routes and further information please log onto Bus Eireann at www.buseireann.ie

Local Taxis

Carrick Taxis

Up to 8 in taxi or a 14-29 seater mini bus. Pricing at time of enquiry.

Leitrim Taxis

For private excursions to one of the many attractions in Co. Leitrim.

When you access other companies’ external websites through a link from the website of Zipit Forest Adventures Ltd., please note that Zipit Forest Adventures Ltd. has no control over the products/services provided by these companies. The links to external websites are provided as a matter of convenience only and should not be taken as an endorsement by Zipit Forest Adventures Ltd. of the products or services of those external companies, for which Zipit Forest Adventures Ltd. assumes no responsibility or liability.
irelands

Get Active In Nature

Explore the green heartlands of Ireland’s natural beauty, where activity and relaxation are centred around rural communities. The Hidden Heartlands lifestyle can be discovered across a lattice work of land and water trails, showcased by the iconic river Shannon and the Beara Breifne Way

Lough Key Visitor Centre & Activity Park

Zipit Lough Key is nestled in the stunning Lough Key Forest Park, which surrounds the waterway of Lough Key. Only 15 minutes drive from the cruising hub of Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim and only 10 minutes from the historic town of Boyle, Co. Roscommon.

After your exhilarating Zipit experience, you are likely to be be ravenous! Take the 10 minute stroll to the Lakeside Visitor Centre and Café, which will leave you spoilt for choice with it’s daily offerings of home baked food, childrens menu and gluten free options.

The ice-cream bar is a popular choice for cooling off after you have worked up a sweat at Zipit. On those glorious Irish sunny days, enjoy sitting outside on the decking, overlooking the marina, and the stunning Lough Key Lake. If you are celebrating a birthday or family get together at Zipit, the Lough Key Café has a great party food menu (pre-booking required), with a private function room for business meetings or larger groups. Inside the Visitor Centre, reception staff have a wealth of knowledge on the history of Lough Key and the surrounding areas. The gift shop has a variety of merchandise and the Centre has toilets and baby changing facilities. Another attraction is Boda Borg – a ‘crystal maze’ experience. There is also Adventure Kingdom for the young adventurers and the Treetop Canopy Walk offers a leisurely stroll through the treetops. Allow extra time to explore the beautiful lakeside, taking a rowing boat out to ‘Castle Island’ or stay on land and explore the 800 acres of parkland which has walking trails, cycling trails for bikes, electric bikes and segways and the recently developed Wheel-O trail for wheelchair users. For more information on above please see www.loughkey.ie

Lough Key Visitor Centre & Activity Park

Carrick On Shannon & Boyle

Stay overnight at the on-site camping facilities in Lough Key for campervans, caravans and tents. Pre-booking is strongly advised, as this popular spot books up fast. Carrick and Boyle offer plenty of alternative accommodation, for families, couples and large groups.

Head into Carrick on Shannon for an amazing choice of food – pubs and restaurants abound, along with take-aways. See our food and drink tab for more information.

When you can pull yourself away from Lough Key and all its amenities, take time to explore with

Intriguing castles, lakeside trails and endless blueways. Cruising and Carrick on Shannon are synonymous, allowing you to experience panoramic views of the local countryside that simply cannot be accessed through any other form of transport.

Options to get off the beaten track are never far away in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands and a cruise with Moon River Cruises delivers on panoramic views of the softly undulating horizon that simply cannot be accessed through any other form of transport!

Carrickcraft, Emerald Star and Silverline Cruisers, all offer a range of rental options from 2 – 10 berths. They will be able to suggest a variety of itineraries to help you on your way.

Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands – Yours to Uncover

Vittos Restaurant

Located in Carrick-on-Shannon, just a 15 minute drive from Zipit Lough Key.

Located in the heart of the beautiful and vibrant riverside town of Carrick On Shannon, Vittos Restaurant offers the very best in casual Italian and European in relaxed and informal surroundings.

T: +353 71 962 7000

VIEW MORE  >

The Oarsman

Just a 10 minute drive from Zipit Lough Key. Award winning restaurant in Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

T: +353 71 962 1733

VIEW MORE  >

King House Tea Rooms

Military Road, Boyle, Co. Roscommon.

T: +353 87 643 0326

VIEW MORE  >

The Stairs Gastro Pub

The Crescent, Termon, Boyle, Co. Roscommon, F52 KH95.

T: +353 71 966 2405

VIEW MORE  >

The Bazaar

The Bazaar Coffee Shop, Knocknashee, Boyle, Co. Roscommon, F52 KP96.

T: +353 89 244 4187

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An Craoibhín

N61, Termon, Boyle, Co. Roscommon.

T: +353 86 204 1001

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Lough Keel Scout Campsite

Lough Keel Scout Campsite is situated 5 km from Boyle town and 10 km from Carrick-on-Shannon just off the N4 Dublin – Sligo route, adjacent to the renowned Lough Key Forest Park.

T: +353 86 836 0222

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Courtyard Apartments

Located in Carrick-on-Shannon, just a 15 minute drive from Zipit Lough Key.
Courtyard Apartments offer a number of self catering accommodation options to comfortably cater for whatever size group you might have.

T: +353 71 96 22711

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Carrick Self Catering

Carrick Self Catering accommodation is ideal for a relaxing getaway in the popular tourist town of Carrick on Shannon, just a 15 minute drive from Zipit Lough Key.

T: +353 86 602 9755

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Carrick Plaza Suites

Located in Carrick-on-Shannon, just a 15 minute drive from Zipit Lough Key. At Carrick Plaza Suites you will find accommodation that is just a 2-minute walk to Carrick on Shannon town centre.

T: +353 71 961 6266

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Lough Rynn Self Catering

3-bed houses located in Mohill, on the grounds of Lough Rynn Castle. Just a 30 minute drive from Zipit Lough Key.

T: +353 71 9632700

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The Landmark Hotel

Located in Carrick-on-Shannon, just a 15 minute drive from Zipit Lough Key. Enjoy 4* luxury hotel accommodation in a central location in Carrick-on-Shannon.

T: +353 71 962 2222

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Bush Hotel

Located in Carrick-on-Shannon, just a 15 minute drive from Zipit Lough Key. Charming award-winning boutique heritage hotel in the centre of Carrick on Shannon, with open fires, themed lounges and bars, coffee shop and restaurant.

T: +353 71 967 1000

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Rosdarrig B&B

R294 Carrick Rd, Letfordspark, Boyle, Co. Roscommon, F52 WO86

T: +353 71 966 2040

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Riverhaven Log Cabins

Knockvicar House, Kilteasheen, Boyle, Co. Roscommon

T: +353 71 966 7012

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Linsfort Guest House and Bed and Breakfast

Linsfort, Main Street, Boyle, Co. Roscommon

T: +353 71 966 3480

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Lough Key House

Kilbryan, Boyle, Co. Roscommon
T: +353 87 678 7257

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Forest Park House B&B

Ballykeevican, Boyle, Co. Roscommon

T: +353 71 966 2227

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Athlone Springs Hotel

Just 5 Minutes from Athlone Town. Centrally located for activities in the midland region. Fully Equipped Gym and relaxing swimming pool.

T: +353 90 644 4444

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Boda Borg

The innovative, Weather Independent Boda Borg is a Swedish concept unique to Ireland and is challenging for both adults and children.

T: +353 71 967 3122

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Segway’s

Segway’s are two wheeled, battery powered Personal Transporters that are easy to use and so much fun.

T: +353 71 9662898

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Lough Key Tour Boat & Hire

Experience the history and tranquility that Lough Key has to offer by spending an hour relaxing, meeting new people and simply just enjoying the lake and sights with Lough Key Boat Tours.

T: +353 86 0846849

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Arigna Mining Experience

Arigna Mining Experience was developed to preserve the energy heritage of the Arigna Valley and to ensure that Arigna maintains its link with Energy themes: Past, Present & Future.

T: +353 71 964 6466

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Electric Bike Trails

Electric Bike Trails provide a range of regular hybrid and electric bikes as well as a full range of children’s bikes, child carts and seats for hire at Leitrim Village for customers to cycle on the
Shannon Blueway between Leitrim Village and Drumshanbo (20km round trip, traffic free cycle suitable for all the family.

T: +353 86 828 8747

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Baysports, Westmeath

Baysports is home to Irelands largest inflatable waterpark and holds the Guinness World Record for the Tallest floating slide in the World!

T: +353 90 649 4801

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Shannon River Adventure, Roscommon

Shannon River Adventure is an outdoor adventure centre located on the banks of Lough Bofin providing water and land based activities on an instructor led basis.

T: +353 71 963 8300

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Way To Go Adventures, Leitrim

Way To Go Adventures offers guided canoe tours, bike hire and advise on where to access the best walking or trekking routes in the Shannon Erne region of south Leitrim.

T: +353 86 2468085

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Irish Boat Rental Association, IBRA

The IBRA companies, Emerald Star, Carrickcraft, Locaboat and Silverline Cruisers, hire a total of 224 hire cruisers from 5 bases along the Shannon.

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Lough Key Gardens

The Gardens is located 3.5km from Boyle town centre in the beautiful surroundings of Lough Key Forest Park. It is a family owned business run by the Mullarkey family who have have been serving the local people for over 40 years.

T: +353 86 823 5287

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Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Learn a new skill and explore the scenic beauty of Lough Key and it’s Islands.

T: +353 85 1304763

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