Things to Do
Roscommon Town is the capital of the county, rich in historical associations and containing many impressive buildings. Roscommon offers the visitor a wide range of shopping, restaurants, pubs, coffee shops, amenities and activities. For sports enthusiasts Roscommon offers extensive walks, fishing, boating, horse-riding and horse racing.
Golfers can play a round at 3 excellent 18 hole golf courses in the region at Roscommon Golf Club located in Roscommon town, Athlone Golf Club just 24km away and Glasson Golf Club just 40km away. There is long established 9 hole golf course at Strokestown Golf Club, 29km away and very popular 9 hole course at Castlerea Golf Club.
Roscommon Golf Club was established in 1904 with a nine hole course set on the old Mote Park Estate. In 1991 the members bought an additional 58 acres of land to extend the course to the current 18 holes. Over the years members have endeavored to enhance the course and facilities and today this 18 hole championship course offers members and visitors an enjoyable and challenging round of golf.
With so many walking routes, Roscommon is the perfect base to experience a wealth of outdoor activities due to its pristine rivers, lakes, hillsides and a profusion of historical attractions.
Discover some of Roscommon’s hidden gems and idyllic natural scenery with a variety of local walking routes to include Suck Valley Way, Sliabh Ban Famine Walk, Mote Park Loop, Lough Key Forest Park and Castlecoote Loop. For more information on Roscommon's many walking routes, click here.
Take the opportunity to spend some time in Roscommon countryside and enjoy the beauty of the Green Heartlands cycle route, Lake O Flynn Bog cycle tour, Suck Valley Way, Arigna Miner’s Way and Sliabh Ban Walk.
Here at Gleeson's Townhouse, we offer our guests complimentary bike for the whole family. For more information on the Real Roscommon Experience, a series of cycle trails that capture the authentic rich culture & folklore, historic sites, tourism assets and heritage of Roscommon, click here.
If a spot of fishing takes your fancy, Lanesborough is located on the main River Shannon at the northern end of Lough Ree which is a short 20 minute drive from Roscommon town, an ideal base for the Pike and Coarse angler. A 20 minute drive North West of the county brings you to Boyle were Pike, Game and Coarse angling waters are abundant in this relatively unspoilt and beautiful region. Some of the waters to fish on include Lough Key, Lough Gara, Lough Arrow and the River Shannon.
Just a short 8km drive from Roscommon town is the village of Athleague where the River Suck, famous for its trout runs through. And a further 3km is the picturesque village of Castlecoote which has a trout sanctuary. Castlecoote Stores sells fish bait and other fishing supplies.
Culture & Heritage
Roscommon isn’t just full of surprises today. It’s been throwing them up through a rich history and hidden gems. High kings, stately houses, subterranean mine tours and a complex of over 200 medieval sites at a Rathcroghan’s World Heritage Site in the making are just a taste of what lies in store.
As the birthplace of Percy French, Douglas Hyde and Matt Molloy, Roscommon has always had a strong affinity with culture, heritage and the arts. Visit today, and you’ll find a wealth of festivals, summer schools, performance, song and dance carrying on the tradition.
Roscommon Lamb Festival
Roscommon Lamb Festival takes place each year on the May Bank Holiday in Roscommon and is all about a great fun filled family weekend. The festival is well established as part of the annual calendar and it is thanks to the generosity of the voluntary committee members who have put in so much energy, time and talent into the running of the festival that it has survived and succeeded to the extent that is now evident. We, at Gleesons, are very proud to participate and support the Lamb Festival.
For all festival details, click here.
Roscommon Arts Centre
Roscommon Arts Centre is a vibrant purpose built arts space presenting a year round multi-disciplinary programme of events which includes theatre, music, comedy, dance, film, literature, visual art events, workshops and classes for both young and old, visitor and local alike. This busy venue not only boasts a 194 seat theatre, but it also has a visual art space and a workshop space located on the first floor of the building.
The diverse programme of events brings well known and much loved Irish artists to the county, along with international performers of excellent repute who share the spotlight with local/community groups and give colour and flare to the programme. For upcoming events at Roscommon Arts Centre, click here.
Located just 1km from Roscommon town, Roscommon Race Course boasts a Grade 2 National Hunt and Flat track and hosts several race meetings throughout the year. Roscommon Races is the perfect mix of heart stopping spectacle and laid back charm. On race nights, Roscommon comes alive into a festival of social and sporting pleasure.
For full list of race fixtures, click here.