activities & attractions
ARIGNA MINING EXPERIENCE
Lough Key Resort centre is located in what was previously known as Lough Key Forest Park, which is located approx 2 miles outside of Boyle. The 350 hectare estate contains many walks & trails through the woodlands and forests, Bog Garden and 19th century parkland with it's majestic trees, follies, bridges and canals.
The 350 hectares of parkland, formerly Rockingham Estate, seat of the King Harman family, invites you to walk along peaceful nature trails from which you can enjoy the spectacular scenery and panoramic beauty that is preserved and protected in Lough Key Forest Park. You can appreciate the full scale of the park from the top of the Moylurg Tower, built on the site of Rockingham Mansion, which was demolished in the 1960's following a fire.
The Nature Trail starting from Rockingham Harbour takes you past the massive tent tree, over the Fairy Bridge (left) and along the avenue shaded by giant cedars, leading you to the Bog Gardens. Enter by a small wooden bridge along an unusual pathway paved with cross sections of oak trunks cut from the forest.
The Bog Gardens area is a particular feature of the Park, displaying a wide selection of peat-loving plants and shrubs, and an irregular maze of pathways leading you to many fascinating little nooks and crannies. Masses of colourful rhododendrons (right) mingle with the sweet scented yellow azaleas in early summer. Crossing Drumman's Bridge onto the island, the walk brings you through a delightful springtime bluebell forest. With nothing to disrupt the tranquil atmosphere of the Forest Park you may, at times, have endless walks all to yourself.
The Lough Key Experience will take you on an engaging audio journey of nature and history, through the 19th century underground servant's tunnels, up the Morlurg Tower and along Ireland's only Tree Canopy Walk - a 300m long creation of timber and steel, that gently rises 9m above the woodland floor offering a 'Bird's Eye' view of the landscape.
Tel: 071 9673122
LOUGH KEY FOREST AND ACTIVITY PARK
The Mining Experience Centre was developed to preserve the energy heritage of the Arigna Valley and to ensure that Arigna maintains its link with Energy themes: Past, Present & Future. This Energy Centre provides visitors with a unique insight into what coal mining life was like in the Arigna Valley, since its beginning in the 1700's until closure in 1990.
During the underground tour, visitors will experience what it was like to work in some of the narrowest coal seams in the western world. The tour which will last 45 minutes brings visitors to the mines coalface where the methods used to extract the coal are demonstrated. Lighting and sound effects throughout the mine, add to the reality to the experience.
There is also a coffee shop & souvenir shop where there is something for everyone,to take home as a memento to your visit to Arigna Mining Experience.
Tel: 071 964 6466