County Roscommon is located in the Ireland West Region, together with counties Galway and Mayo. Roscommon is located in the province of Connaught and is one of the least inhabited provinces in Ireland.
Roscommon has a majestic landscape of forests, rivers and lakes and although it is a land-locked county, the mighty River Shannon and the many other lakes and rivers in the county, such as Rivers Suck and Lung, the Boyle River and Loughs Boderg, Bofin and Ree, ensure that in addition to enhancing the natural landscape the waterways of Roscommon are a haven for anglers and water sport enthusiasts. Or enjoy a boat cruise on Lough Key in Lough Key Forest Park or along the Shannon Erne Waterways.
Cyclists can explore the Suck Valley and the banks of the River Shannon or try one of the touring routes such as the Green Heartlands Cycling Route, the Tain Cycling Trail or the Kingfisher Cycle Trail. Walkers can explore the Arigna Miner’s Way and Historical Trail, which takes in counties Leitrim, and Sligo or the Suck Valley Way, which include part of the 100km route in County Galway. Or take a walk back in time on the Sliabh Ban Walk in Strokestown, or explore the county on the Suck Valley Way or the Mote Park Heritage Walkway. Or enjoy a day at the races at Roscommon Racecourse.
The famous Irish songwriter and painter, Percy French, was born in County Roscommon near Elfin in 1854 and one of his best-known songs is “the Mountains of Mourne”. The inaugural Percy French Summer School was held in Castlecoote House in 2009.
Roscommon town is located at a crossing of the River Shannon and near to Lough Ree. It was also a Norman base and the town boasts a fine example of a Norman Castle, which is open as a museum.
There are a number of attractions worth visiting in Roscommon, such as Strokestown Park House, built in the 18th century and in addition to a tour of the house and the recently restored gardens, you can visit the Famine Museum, which outline the background to the Great Irish Famine which took place in the 1840’s. King House is a fine example of a Georgian mansion and was home to the Earls of Kingston. Boyle Abbey is a fine example of a Cistercian Abbey.
Clonalis House – ancestral home of the O’Connors of Connaught, who were descendants of the last High Kings of Ireland and which includes such fine artefacts as the Cornonation Stone and the last harp of Turlough O’Carolan. Other attractions include Roscommon Castle, Derryglad Folk Museum and the Elphin Windmill – the last working windmill in Ireland.
Whatever your reason for visiting Roscommon you can book a selection of fully approved Roscommon hotels and Roscommon guesthouses located throughout the county on the Ireland Hotels website. Just use the accommodation search box featured on this page to find Roscommon hotel breaks or a guesthouse to meet your needs.
The 4 Star Abbey Hotel County Roscommon, is a charming 18th Century Manor House Castle Hotel in Ireland, set idyllically on it's own private grounds and gardens. In 1962 it was purchased by the Grealy family who established it as the exceptional hotel it is today. Abbey Hotel's ambience is one of "casual elegance in a timeless relaxed atmosphere", now boosts 50 beautifully appointed bedrooms, including the Abbey Suite, Deluxe / Executive bedrooms, an award winning Leisure Centre including a 20m Indoor Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi, Sauna, Steam Room & Fully Equipped Gymnasium, Conference and Wedding Venue, Restaurant, and Bar.