Discover the Magic of Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands this Spring

County Roscommon, centrally located in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands, is emerging as the perfect destination for a refreshing spring getaway. Roscommon is a stone throw away from all major cities and towns, making it an ideal haven for those seeking to immerse themselves in nature and history off the beaten track. Visitors are encouraged to dust off the walking shoes and step into the lush greenery surrounding the many walks and cycleways spanning across the county this Spring. 

Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 30th, as the annual Roscommon Easter Festival kicks off in style. Presented by the Roscommon Easter Parade Committee and supported by local businesses and Roscommon County Council, this festival promises a weekend filled with festivities for the whole family including live music and the magical Roscommon Easter Parade on Sunday, March 31st, featuring amusements, street performers, face painting, and exciting prizes.

But the excitement doesn’t end there. Just in time for spring, Visit Roscommon is proud to unveil the newly updated ‘Roscommon Walks & Trails’ booklet, showcasing 25 scenic trails across the county. Whether you’re up for a leisurely stroll or a challenging hike, Roscommon offers a diverse range of trails suitable for all ages and abilities. These trails provide the perfect opportunity to explore the breathtaking countryside as it springs to life, offering a refreshing escape for both locals and visitors alike.

In addition to the Easter Festival, there are plenty of other springtime activities to enjoy across the county:

  • Strokestown Park House Easter Trail is back by popular demand, taking place from Saturday, March 23rd to Sunday, April 7th. Swing by reception to grab your map and puzzle sheet, and let the fun begin as you embark on a bunny-filled quest for hidden clues. 
  • Step back 1,200 years and join Vikings Tours Irelandon a replica Viking Ship. Cruise up the River Shannon to Lough Ree or down river to the monastic settlement and round towers of Clonmacnoise whilst hearing live commentary on Viking hoards, the beauty of the river, its flora, fauna, bird and fish life. Fun and excitement for all the family, dogs included! The Daily Lough Ree Cruise recommences onMarch 23rd. 
  • Knockvicar Alpaca Farm, only a brief ten-minute drive from the charming Boyle, is where visitors will find this family-run sanctuary which is home to a delightful herd of alpacas. Immerse yourself in a unique experience with farm visits and treks. Don’t miss the chance to shop dreamy Alpaca bedding which is produced seasonally from the fleece of the alpacas on-site. 
  • Indulge in a Spring Spa Retreat at Kilronan Castle, with their recently launched Bathing Rituals. SOAK Bathing Rituals offers Atlantic Sea and Irish Seaweed-infused bath soaks enhanced with organic herbal blends, accompanied by aromatherapy candles and breath work for a holistic bathing experience. Choose from Bedtime Bliss for relaxation, Joy Connect for balance, or Breathe Deep for rejuvenation and muscle relief, tailored to suit various needs and preferences. Call 07196 18010 to book your Bathing Ritual. 
  • Glendeer Pet Farm‘s Egg Hunt is taking place on Easter Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at 3pm. Explore the indoor toddler area, navigate through the timber maze, and conquer the double obstacle course sand barn. Plus, don’t miss the opportunity to meet Spring’s adorable newborn animals up close! It’s a delightful day out for the whole family, filled with fun and furry friends. 
  • Shannon River Adventure’s immersive Gaeilge Camp experience brings the lively culture and fun activities of the Gaeltacht right to your doorstep. Over 4 days this Easter, attendees will enjoy traditional music, céilí dancing, drama, water sports, land games, and more. Led by experienced primary school teachers and activity instructors, they’ll have a blast with conversational Irish and unforgettable adventures. 
  • Experience ultimate relaxation at Woodfired Sauna Roscommon, now open every Thursday and Friday from 9am to 6pm, and every second weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Nestled in the serene lakeside surroundings of Lough Errit, indulge in a rejuvenating yoga morning taking place this Easter Saturday. 

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