Boyle Map and Tourist Information
Boyle Cistercian Abbey - On entrance to Boyle, just off the main Dublin Sligo N4 road are the magnificent restored ruins of the Cistercian Abbey founded by Maurice O’Duffy in 1161 and closely associated with the great Abbey of Mellifont, Co. Louth. Despite its mutilations it is still regarded as the finest of the Cistercian churches to survive in Ireland with the majesty of the south arcade unparalleled elsewhere in the country.
Boyle Origin Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday morning in the grounds of King House from 10am until 2pm. Described in the Bridgestone Irish Food Guide as “..one of the big food success stories of the North West”, the market has been running all year round since April 2005. Local organic meat, fish, organic fruit and vegetables, bread, home bakes, preserves, Irish fruit juices, organic eggs, health foods and farmhouse cheeses are among the delicacies available every week, alongside local crafts and take away food to eat alfresco. There are special events throughout the year with local musicians and cookery demonstrations a regular feature. Admission is free and there is ample free parking nearby. Contact organisers, Úna Bhán Tourism for more details 0719663033.
King House Interpretive Galleries & Museum - Explore this magnificently restored Georgian mansion and enjoy a range of interactive exhibitions featuring life-size figures, special effects and activities. Delve into the dramatic episodes of its history with stories of a tragic romance, a murder trail, cattle raids and great banquets; family feuds, mutiny and feats of bravery in war. The home to the acclaimed Boyle Arts Festival and the award winning Civic Collection of Contemporary Irish Art.
Boyle Town Library - Located in the basement of King House is the impressive Boyle Town Library which would originally have been the kitchens, stores and servants quarters of King House. The original floor and barrel vaulted ceiling can still be seen as you walk into this excellent facility which is more than just a library, as it hosts several events throughout the year.
Drumnone Dolmen - This Dolmen located outside Boyle, is a fine example of a portal dolmen and was built before 2000BC. The word ‘dolmen’ is Celtic in origin and means ‘stone table’. The great capstone, 4.5m x 3m wide, is one of the largest to be seen in Ireland.
Boyle Model Railway - An exciting 40ft x 20ft running model railway in a continental layout in HO scale. It is the only one of its kind open to the public in Ireland at the moment. It will appeal to young and old, especially train enthusiasts - Please note this project is under construction and at present admission is free - open Fridays 10am to 4pm
Lough Key Forest & Activity Park - The ‘Lough Key Experience’ is an engaging audio trail through the 19th century tunnels, observation tower and along Ireland’s first ‘Tree Canopy Walk’ rising 9m above the woodland floor. The weather independent ‘Boda Borg’ is unique and challenging for both adults and children - fun filled activities but with no instructions! The outdoor ‘Adventure Play Kingdom’ provides stimulating and entertaining activities in a colourful and safe environment. Lough Key is one of the most beautiful lakes in Ireland, is situated about 3km east of Boyle along N4. It is a beautiful landscape of lakes, islands and 350 hectares of mixed woodland, bog gardens and parklands on the Shannon River system. It was once part of the Rockingham Estate. The immense range of habitats encourages a huge diversity of wildlife and the resident bird population is augmented by
summer visitors, including cuckoo, tern, willow, warbler, whittlethroat and backcap. Lough Key, which is almost circular in shape, is about 10km in diameter and with its beautiful wooded islands, it is rightly described as a dreamland. Lough Key Boat Tours conduct detailed tours daily and three times daily in high season. The Family Life Centre on Military Road was originally the ‘rent office’ for the Rockingham estate.
Angling in Boyle - Boyle offers many excellent angling opportunities to the Angler. Pike-, Game and Coarse angling can be enjoyed on the many waters in the area. Closest to Boyle town is Lough Key, arguably one of Irelands most beautiful Loughs, with good stocks of Pike, Brown trout and Coarse fish. It is here where each year Boyle & District Angling Club are holding their Pike Angling Festival over the Easter weekend. Flowing through the town and into the Lake is the Boyle River, which also holds wild brown trout. Fly-fishing in particular can provide some good sport here. Anglers are asked to observe a 36 cm size limit and a bag limit of two trout. Open season on Lough Key & Boyle River: March 1st to September 31st. Pike angling is free and open all year around. Please note that a strict Catch & Release policy is being enforced here. Water keepers are on patrol. Other good waters in the region include Lough Gara (Coarse and Pike fishing) and Lough Arrow, a large limestone lake, renowned for it’s trout fishing.All Anglers are asked to observe local angling regulations and Irish angling buy-laws on all waters. Please respect the Countryside, the waters & their inhabitants and help protect our natural heritage for the future. Our Guide service and/or Boat Hire are available for all of the above-mentioned waters (and many more). Our Fishing trips can include: Pike angling, trout fishing, fly-fishing, lure & bait fishing, trolling, float tubing in small lakes and much more. So, if you would like to spend a day fishing, why not give us a call: Angling Services Ireland on: +353 (0) 866011878
Arigna Mining Experience - This unique underground tour in what was Ireland’s last working coal mine, which closed in 1990...and see how the coal was mined. Stroll through the exhibition area which traces 400 years of mining history and working way of life of the area. With an ex-miner as your guide, you will have the opportunity to walk through an underground coal mine and learn about the incredible life of miners.
Tullyboy Farm - Guided tours, which include a visit to Rural Life Museum/Kitchen and the big farm barn, to bottle and hand feed lambs, calves, chicks etc. Visit the ‘Pets of the World’ - reptiles, chipmunks etc. Outside, get close to the emus, rheas, pigs and lots of farm animals. Children can also enjoy a free horse ride on ‘Bob’. A large bouncy Adventure Castle and playground. Children’s tours finish up with a ‘questions and answers’ session with small prizes.
The Gaelic Chieftain by Maurice Harron - Gaelic Chieftain - 2 miles north of Boyle is the site of the Battle of the Curlieus, which took place in 1599. It is commemorated by one of Ireland’s most magnificent roadside pieces of art.
Frybrook House - (Now Privately Owned) 18th century Georgian House by the River Boyle.
Úna Bhán Tourism & Craft Shop - Úna Bhán Tourism & Craft Shop, located in the courtyard grounds of King House, providing information to
visitors and tourists and offering an accommodation booking service. Traditional Craft shop showcasing handmade local crafts and a large selection of affordable gifts, books, maps and postcards www.unabhan.net or call 071 9663033
Lough Gara Riding Stables offer horse riding and other country pursuits in an idyllic rural setting in County Sligo, Ireland. As well as horse riding lessons we provide clay pigeon shooting, archery, falconry, Air rifle Shooting ,Air Soft Shooting, We also have an Assault Course and a pets corner. We offer activities to suit everyone from young children and teenagers to adults and we run tailor made events for corporate team building, school tours, family get togethers, kids’ birthday parties and stag and hen parties.
Boyle Marina - This new Marina has a mooring capacity for approximately 30 boats. There is a sign-posted walkway into Boyle town, which is within walking distance.
Clock Tower - Situated on the Crescent and erected in memory of Lawrence Harman King who died 2nd of September 1875, by the tenants of the Boyle and Rockingham Estate. A Clock was placed on the monument in memory of Dame Frances Agnes Stafford and her son Edward, and later a new clock was installed in Memory of Gerald F. Dodd, T.C., M.C.C., P.C., 1927-1978, first President of Boyle Chamber of Commerce.
Famine Memorial - Located on Plunkett Avenue, a famine graveyard marked by a single large Celtic cross, erected by the Board of Guardians who administered the Workhouse (opened in 1841) contains mass graves of people who died during the famine.
Maureen O’Sullivan - Opposite the Bank of Ireland on Main Street, is the birthplace of the famous Hollywood actress Maureen O’Sullivan, (best known for her role as ‘Jane’ in the Tarzan films). She also lived as a child at Riversdale House, Knockvicar, where she planted a monkey puzzle tree. In 1988 she unveiled a plaque on the house in Main Street and planted a Swedish white-Beam tree on Military Road.
Carrowkeel Megalithic Tombs - The Carrowkeel/ Keshcorran Megalith complex is located west of Lough Arrow just outside the village of Castlebaldwin and is the site of the largest concentration of passage tombs in Ireland. These passage tombs (fourteen in all) are sunken burial chambers made of large limestone slabs, topped with huge piles (cairns) of rocks. These tombs are most usually located high upon hills and mountains and dot the landscape around Sligo County, forming a larger network of ancient sites whose mysterious origin is still largely debated. The Carrowkeel complex, believed to have been constructed between 3000 and 2000 BC, remained in use until 1500 BC.
Boyle Pleasure Grounds - A place where you can sit and rest, watch a game of soccer on the all-weather pitch, let the children play in the enclosed safe playground, or walk along by the Boyle River. This is where the Military band used to play years ago.
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