Alan Rogers Review
This caravan and camping park is set deep in the 320 hectares of the Lough Key Forest Park. Comprising mixed woodland including giant red cedar, beech, ash and oak trees, the forest is bounded by Lough Key and incorporates several of its islands.
The rustic design of the main building on the park (which houses reception, a campers’ kitchen, a lounge, and the sanitary and laundry facilities) blends well with the wooded environment. The well-landscaped, five-hectare site provides space for 52 touring units with electricity connections and ample water points, and many of the pitches are within the woodland. There is a separate area for tents.
A visit to the Lough offers views of islands inhabited by monks and hermits in days gone by, ring forts and tunnels, and natural and historical features including the Temple, the Wishing Chair, the Bog Gardens and Rockingham House and harbour. The history of the parkland goes back to 1184. The location in Lough Key Forest Park offers a base for visiting Strokestown House, Boyle Abbey, Famine Museum and Garden, and the Elphin 18th century windmill. A fisherman’s dream, there are pike, bream, roach and perch in Lough Key and brown trout at nearby Lough Arrow. Walks combine the historical and the legend with wildlife, flora and fauna. Boat tours of the lake and boat hire are also available. Coillte, the Irish Forestry Board, who manage the amenity, strictly enforces the forest code.