Arigna Mountains & Mining Experience Roscommon. 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's. During our underground 45 minute tour, visitors will experience what it was like to work in some of the narrowest coal seams in the western world and the methods used to extract the coal are demonstrated. Nearby wind farms can be seen on the Kilronan Mountains
Roscommon Visitor Attractions
Boyle Abbey, was the first successful foundation in Connacht of the Cistercian order which had opened its first Irish house at Mellifont, County Louth, in 1142. In the 12th century Malachy of Armagh (later St. Malachy) became aware of two new monastic orders in France, the Cistercians and the Cannons Regular of St. Augustine and he decided to introduce both orders to Ireland.
The Castlestrange Scribed Stone located in the grounds of "Castlestrange House" near Athleague in County Roscommon. It is a granite boulder decorated with flowing spirals in the La Tène style, dating from the Iron Age period between 500 BC and 100 AD.Only three other stones of this type have been found in Ireland, of which the Turoe stone in County Galway is the best known. The use of the stones is not known but it is assumed they served some religious or ritual purpose.
Lough Key Forest Park this beautiful landscape is steeped in a rich history. Take time to explore many of the Park's unique, natural and historical features from its 19th century parkland with majestic trees, follies, bridges and canals to the numerous walks and trails through the native woodlands, Bog garden and forests. A wealth of historical and archaeological points of interest can be found throughout the Park including ringforts, a souterrain, Fishing Pavilion, Fairy Bridge, Wishing Chair, Ice House, Stables and Estate Chapel.
The historical town of Roscommon to the north is home to this magnificent ruin of Roscommon Castle. This Norman castle was built by Robert de Ufford, Lord Justice of Ireland, in 1269. But it passed into Irish hands seven years later when it was taken by Hugh O'Conor, King of Connacht. It was restored in 1280.The castle is quadrangular in shape with rounded bastions at the corner, and a double-towered entrance gate, as well as a rectangular gate tower in the west wall.
The Clay Pipe Workshop & Visitor Centre is located in the village Knockcroghery between Athlone and Roscommon. For anyone interested in exploring the history of this 300 year old industry from the 1800's, you will not be disappointed, as you can witness the creation of the Clay Pipe onsite and find out the very history of this craft and maybe take away the finished product with you.