County Roscommon, centrally located in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands, is emerging as the perfect destination for a refreshing spring getaway. Announcing the return of the annual Roscommon Easter Festival, and the newly updated ‘Roscommon Walks & Trails’ booklet featuring 25 picturesque destinations, Roscommon is brimming with seasonal activities, trails, cycleways, rich history, culture, and captivating experiences just waiting to be discovered. 

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. 

Kicking off Saturday, March 30th, the annual Roscommon Easter Festival, presented by the Roscommon Easter Parade Committee and supported by local businesses and Roscommon County Council, will delight visitors with festivities beginning in Roscommon town square, with music from the hugely popular Roscommon Male Choir, followed by the lively tunes of Vinegar Bill and the outstanding traditional Irish musician Matt Molloy. On Sunday, March 31st, visitors can catch Lady Betty’s performance in the town square before the magical Roscommon Easter Parade sets off at 12:30 pm. With amusements, street performers, face painting, and exciting prizes to be won, it’s bound to be an egg-citing weekend for all. 

But the magic doesn’t stop there, Visit Roscommon launches its updated ‘Roscommon Walks & Trails’ booklet just in time for spring, featuring information and maps for 25 trails across the county. From leisurely strolls to challenging hikes, Roscommon boasts an abundance of trails suitable for all ages, interests, and abilities. These trails and cycleways showcase the stunning countryside now blossoming for spring, providing both Roscommon locals and visitors with opportunities to explore and enjoy the outdoors. 

In addition to the Roscommon Easter Festival, visitors can delve into the rich heritage of county Roscommon at attractions like Strokestown Park House, Viking Tours Ireland and Lough Key Forest Park, each offering unique, affordable Spring experiences suited to all ages. 

Springtime activities taking place across the county: 

  • Strokestown Park House Easter Trailis 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. 

Co. Roscommon’s Tourism Officer, Lisa Joy, warmly invites visitors to explore the county: “Choose Roscommon for the perfect destination for a weekend getaway this spring, whether you’re seeking a romantic retreat, quality time with friends, or a memorable family adventure, there is a wealth of rich experiences to discover across the county. The Roscommon Walks and Cycleways Book is a wonderful resource which informs on the abundance of walks and cycle routes located throughout County Roscommon. Whether it be through a native woodland bustling with wildlife, or along tranquil shorelines that gently nourish our extensive flora and fauna, it is the perfect time to get active in nature.” 

For more information on accommodation, transport, and travel tips to discover the charm of Roscommon’s Hidden Heartlands this Spring, see

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