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Area: 983
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County Roscommon is the ideal destination for visitors seeking a peaceful rural holiday. Tucked away in the heart of the Irish midlands, Roscommon is filled with beautiful lakes and rivers that are perfect for fishing, sailing, cruising and all kinds of watersports. Walkers, cyclists and drivers will enjoy exploring acres of woodland and farmland, gentle hills and peat bogs. To the north, Roscommon boasts some exceptional scenery, with the mountains of Arigna and Curlew towering over the towns and villages in their foothills and offering unforgettable views over shimmering loughs and wild countryside. The county is surrounded by waterways, with the River Shannon and Lough Ree at its eastern border, and the River Suck flowing along the west. The two rivers converge in the south. Lough Key, in the north, is one of Roscommon's great attractions, with its magnificent forest park providing an idyllic setting for campers and caravanners. There are numerous nature walks through the park's mixed broadleaf and coniferous trees, and much to see throughout this huge estate, from ring forts, fairy bridges and underground tunnels to an ice house, a bog garden and a viewing tower. The lough itself has around thirty islands, many scattered with ancient ruins. Elsewhere in the county and well worth seeing are Strokestown Park House, a splendid 18th Century mansion with walled pleasure gardens and a museum dedicated to the Irish Famine of the 1840s; the heritage centre housed at King House, an imposing Georgian house in Boyle; the Dr Douglas Hyde Interpretative Centre in Frenchpark; the monastic site at Ardcarn; and Roscommon Castle, in Roscommon town. Historic castles, abbeys, friaries, churches and monuments are all part of the scenery in a county with something for everyone. Family attractions include the Tullyboy Animal Farm Visitor Centre, while sporting activities take in golf, riding and horse racing at Roscommon Racecourse

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