Roscommon is the county town that gave its name to County Roscommon in Ireland. Visitors will find the town and County Roscommon as a whole have an exciting range of attractions and activities. You can visit historic heritage gems like the Roscommon Castle, Abbey, and the Old Roscommon Gaol. The Suck and Shannon rivers flow close by the town, making it an ideal place for outdoor recreation including boating, fishing, lakeshore trips, and bog walks. Get a car for hire in Roscommon and explore all the county towns and villages such as Athleague, Boyle, Castlecoote, Castlerea, and Strokestown.
The massive Roscommon Castle has a glorious past dating back to 1269. You can take a tour of the castle and enjoy the wildlife and natural beauty of the adjacent Loughnaneane Park. Get a car for rent in Roscommon and visit the Roscommon Abbey, which is more than 750 years old and still stands after being destroyed twice by fire and lighting. It can be accessed from the Abbey Hotel's car park. The other must-visit heritage attraction here is the Old Roscommon Gaol, opposite the back end of the Bank of Ireland building which dominates the main street.
You can take cruises on the Shannon River, Lough Ree, and Lough Key. For pike and trout fishing information, assistance, and gear, visit the Suck Valley Visitor Center in Athleague. They will tell you where the fish are biting this year and provide directions to secret lakes and isolated spots on the rivers perfect for anglers. For some clean family fun and adventure, head for the Shannon River Adventure Park beside Bofin Lake near the village of Roosky. You can do everything from pier-jumping, archery, and canoeing to raft building and kayaking.
The most famous place to stay in Roscommon is the aforementioned four-star Abbey Hotel on Galway Road. Another great choice is Gleeson's Townhouse, in the town center. This restored 19th century house in Market Square offers 19 cozy rooms and a superb in-house restaurant. A more affordable option would be the Hannons Oakwood Hotel on Athlone Road.
The beauty part about a visit to Roscommon is that you can easily wander around County Roscommon and bump into equally quaint towns and villages with heritage attractions tucked in between the lakes and rivers. Book your car rental in Roscommon right now and plan for visits to the 12th century Boyle Abbey, the 18th century Elphin Windmill, and the ghostly ruins of Rindoon and St. John's Castle at Athlone, past Lecarrow and Lough Ree.
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