Lough Key

Lough Key

Our knowledge of places to swim in Roscommon is very limited so we were pleased to visit the attractive surroundings of Lough Key Forest Park. This is a very well maintained facility which also has a visitors centre, forest walk, and a marina. We got in from the slipway across from the marina and it brings you about waist height into the dark fresh water. Like all lakes you need to move carefully and watch out for underwater rocks. No jumping or diving. About 200 metres to the right of the slipway there is a small sandy area with shallow water. We didn't get in here but it looks like a place where children can splash in the summer. If you walk around the back of the marina and follow the lake shore path for a few hundred metres you come to few concrete jetties and we were told that people swim here during the summer. There are steps down into the water. We didn't venture in but again be careful. All in all, Lough Key is a lovely place for a visit. Apart from the swimming there is plenty to do and it is an ideal place for families to visit. Β View Larger Map Directions From Dublin or Sligo follow the N4 and Lough Key is located between Carrick and Shannon and Boyle. The entrance is well signposted and you drive all the way through the forest to the car park beside the lake. Car parking is 4 euro. The lake side and environs are buggy and wheelchair accessible. Β  [...]

Lough Ree, Lanesborough

Lough Ree, Lanesborough

Lough Ree, LanesboroughMay 2013Lanesborough is on the border between Longford and Roscommon and we think we swam on the Longford side. Neither county is renowned for swimming spots so we were glad to add this as a Longford location.We found a nice place to get in on the east side of the town's bridge, just before you cross the county boundary. Access to the water was from a concrete path which runs alongside the lake. It was a bit difficult so pick your spot carefully. The water was dark with good depth and lovely for swimming. As always with lakes be careful as you can't see what is underneath the surface. No jumping or diving. [...]

Lough Ree, Lanesborough

Castlerea Outdoor Pool

Castlerea Outdoor Pool August 2013 One of the few outdoor pools remaining and let's hope this one lasts. Castlerea is a substantial, 33 metre long, pool which is well maintained and is a credit to (presumably) the local council. The pool has shallow and deep ends and alongside it a small pool for toddlers. Maybe more importantly for young people, the pool is heated. There are individual changing cubicles, secure lockers and toilets - all well looked after. When we were there 3 lifeguards were on duty There are various opening hours (see photo below) and admission is 4.00 euro for adults and 3.00 for children. There are also season tickets. With plenty of room to sit alongside the pool, this is an ideal place for young people to hang out in a safe environment. Let's hope it is still there next summer. Β View Larger Map Directions: From Roscommon town take the N60 to Castlerea. When you come into the tow, turn right and at the top of the town you will see a left turn signposted for the pool. Β  [...]

Lough Ree, Lanesborough

Cavestown Lake

Cavestown Lake August 2013 Cavetown wasn't easy to find, but it is worth the effort. As we don't have many swimming locations in Roscommon we were keen to track this one down and we weren't disappointed. This is a very attractive amenity area, with toilets, picnic tables and plenty of green space. It looks like an ideal place for a family visit. Swimming wise it was stony underfoot as we got in, so for this reason and , more importantly, because of the sign about broken glass, you should wear plimsolls if you can. Once we got in we had a lovely swim in the fresh water. We didn't venture out too far and,as for all lakes you need to be cautious. No jumping or diving. There is plenty of car parking and no problems regarding accessibility. View Larger Map. Directions: From Carrick on Shannon take the N4 for Sligo. Just after leaving the town you will see a left turn onto the R368. You take this and just after you pass under the railway bridge you take a right turn onto the R370 signposted for Croghan. Follow this road for about 8 kilometres until you come to a crossroads with a shop. You turn right here and travel for a few kilometres until you come to a left turn signposted for the lake. Travel down this road for about a kilometre and watch carefully for a right turn into a wooded area, not signposted, and this will bring you to the car park Β  [...]

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