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Review of Lough Key Forest Park

Lough Key Forest Park
Boyle, Ireland
00353 71 9673122
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Ranked #3 of 13 Attractions in Boyle
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Parks, Outdoors
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Owner description: Fun for all ages!!Whatever you choose it is the perfect location to do as much or as little as you like!Boda Borg questing is a great way to spend a few fun filled hours with family or friends. After entering the weather-independent house only teamwork, ingenuity, trial and error will allow you to survive the challenges.The Lough Key Experience is an engaging audio tour, directing you through 19th century tunnels to the top of the Moylurg Tower and over the Tree Canopy Trail.The Adventure Play Kingdom is a purpose built outdoor children’s play area providing stimulating and entertaining activities and equipment suitable for a variety of ages and abilities.Enjoy the stunning views & homemade cooking from the Lough Key Café and outdoor deck or browsing for a memento in our Gift Shop.Thinking of spending a few days experiencing the delights that North Roscommon and the surrounding area have to offer? Why not book a pitch for your tent or caravan in the Lough Key Caravan and Camping Park, open from Easter to September.
Galway, Ireland
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Went last Saturday camped one night and came home,. We spent over €170 to keep 3 kids interested for 4 hours on Saturday, as well as nearly €33 euro to pitch a family tent in a field with no electric. We ran out of money spending over €275 in 24 hours in the park. Boda Borg useless and a waste of money as was the canopy walk and moylurg tower which we found un-interesting and extortionatly priced, the zip wire was also frighteningly expensive and the cafe was like a cattle market giving out slops. We complained to the general manager who told us to put it writing before arrogantly brushing us off. NEVER EVER AGAIN .
Went down to the shore dodging the dog feces to be confronted by human feces in the lough from cruisers tied up. I confronted a member of staff who shrugged her shoulders telling us it was not her concern
Camping was primitive and loud, Granted it was raining, but the facilities are rubbish, the toilets very smelly and the security man a waste of time. We should have slept in the car.
The external park is nice , so we went to rent some bikes to see it on Sunday between showers , but had to back off because of the price. We simply couldn't afford any more.
The company Moylurg Rockingham Limited seem to be squeezing every extortionate penny out of families . €5 to use a play park per child, the free outside park has been virtually stripped to force families to use the pay facility., €4 to park your car, 4 Ice creams over €10...TAKE MY ADVICE STAY AWAY...the only thing they did not do was shake us upside down before we left to see if we had anymore money left.

Visited August 2014
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Loughkeyforest, General Manager at Lough Key Forest Park, responded to this review, August 7, 2014
This is the General Manager responding to your review. I would like to confirm that you did NOT speak with myself as mentioned above as I was actually off duty on the day of your visit. This element of your review is factually incorrect.
I am concerned about your issues and would really like the opportunity to discuss them with you as we have not received such a completely negative review like this since the upgrades to the park over the last few years and I would like to be given the chance to address these with you and for ourselves to possibly learn from any insights you may have to improve our product offering. If you could email us your details to info@loughkey.ie and I can make contact with you.
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English first
Sligo, Ireland
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Woodland Segway”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

My son Rian (16) and I went on the Rockingham Roll which was a really laid back tour of the Lough Key Forest Park on Segways. It's advertised as being one hour but with the training it was more like two hours. We were not complaining. The Segways were terrific fun and easy to master. Colm was a wonderful teacher and guide. Afterwards we sat on the deck at the restaurant in the sun and ate two sandwiches. I had a tuna sandwich. Can't remember what Rian had but it was very good value.

I highly recommend the Rockingham Roll as a novel way to spend an afternoon. It was 25 euro each but well worth it.

Visited June 2014
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Dublin, Ireland
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Lough Key (5 stars) - Boda Borg (one Star)”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Ideally I would like to leave a separate review for both Lough Key and one of the attractions within - Boda Borg. Lough Key itself is a wonderful resource with beautiful forest walks, lakes and plenty of activities - free and paid for any family.

On this visit however our children had read about Boda Borg - a Swedish entertainment concept - based on mental, physical and combination quests for teams of 3 to 5 people. We paid our €60 for a family of 4 for two hours in the complex and looked forward to some mental, creative and physical challenges.

It is in theory a wonderful concept - much like the old game show in the UK - 'the Crystal Maze' but alas the execution was not nearly so clever. Instead we ended up wandering through two levels of game rooms and meeting other families that were equally frustrated at going back into a loop of the same games to solve challenges where the objectives were unclear and where the red light that signalled failure came on for no apparent reason.

There was nothing to explain the level of difficulty of each of the challenges. There was no set up of the challenges, no clear time limits, some equipment was not working correctly and some of the so-called mental challenges involved re-trying multiple strategies in a room (being thrown out after each effort - only to queue again with others until the correct sequence was found).

We would have questioned our own ability had we not met multiple other families in the same position.

Visited July 2014
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Dublin, Ireland
3 reviews 3 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“A great place to visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

I visited Lough Key Forest Park with my family last weekend on one of the hottest days of the year. Despite the place being very busy the staff and every one we dealt with were very courteous and friendly. A really great place to visit

Visited July 2014
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Roscommon, Ireland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Fresh air and relaxation for the grown ups, fun for the children”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Just to walk around the park is great and it is free of charge. Boat tours go out on the lake also and during the summer its a great way to get the little ones interested in water, boats and all the nature that goes with it. If you don't mind spending some €€€€'s, try out the Tree Top Walk. It is really amazing. The scenery takes your breath away and there is some history too about Rockingham House that is very interesting. I've never tried out the camping in the park but the amenities there seem pretty good. Loads of parking on the grounds for visitors and the coffee shop has plenty of tea cakes coffee and ice-creams. No main meals though. Toilets are clean and well maintained and have a small baby changing area. I would recommend this Boyle Forest Park as a lovely day out for everyone. I visited there recently with my husband 2 year old son. Hope you enjoy your visit .

Visited June 2014
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