By Helen Lavin
Thirty minutes from Sligo. Three hours from Dublin, in West Central Ireland.
Great Scenery, beautiful Forest Park, walking and hiking trails, world-class fishing and golfing.
April to October
GETTING THERE AND AROUND
Though you can get to Boyle by rail, it is best to hire a car in Dublin, Shannon or other port of entry. Make it part of your Irish idyll.
Boyle Abbey, a Cistercian Church founded in 1161.
Lough Key Forest Park, an 865-acre (350 hectacre) park with boating, nature trail, hiking, camping.
Arigna Miner’s Way, 75 miles of walking trails through three counties and past many of Ireland’s historic sights.
BEST UNUSUAL ATTRACTIONS
King House and Strokestown House, restored mansions worth checking out.
BEST ACTIVITIES/LOCAL GUIDES
Walking and Hiking. No guides are necessary. Just pick up maps at the Forest Park and Tourism Centre. For fun, take a boat tour on Lough Key or evening and night tours on the River Shannon.
The area is an angler’s paradise. Rent a boat and go fishing on the River Boyle, Lough Nasool, Lough Feenagh, Lough Key, Lough Arrow and other nearby rivers and lakes. Inquire at the Tourism Centre in Boyle and at Forest Park House Bed and Breakfast.
Forest Park House Bed and Breakfast – Huge Irish breakfasts, homey rooms. Inexpensive.
Home cooking at Forest Park House, Blue Moon Restaurant, The Barge
Boyle Arts Festival in late July. See iol.ie/~boylecoc for details.
BEST LOCAL HAUNT
All Pubs around. Great music and drink.
Sligo Town, 30 minutes away, has all the major shops. Good bookstores. Look for Irish-made cheeses, wool and more.
MONEY AND COMMUNICATIONS
ATMs are available in Boyle, Sligo and other nearby towns and Travelers’ Checks are widely accepted. Irish Punts are the currency.
Cybercafes available in Sligo
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