Boyle is a relatively large town situated in the north of county Roscommon. Boyle is one of the most popular places to visit in Roscommon and indeed in the West of Ireland. It is blessed with a beautiful natural landscape, under a backdrop of the Curlew Mountains, as well as a rich heritage.
It is perhaps most famous for the Lough Key Forest Park, 800 acres of parkland that was formerly part of the Rockingham Estate in the 19th century. As well as the abundant, unspoilt scenery, the estate has a colourful history even in more recent terms, when a statue of William of Orange pulled down by locals in 1945 as a sign of resistance against the British. Since then Rockingham House itself was burned down under suspicious circumstances in 1957.
Other sights to see include the 12th century Boyle Abbey. The impressive structure is one of the best preserved abbeys in Ireland. Close to the Abbey is a 5 arch stone bridge that also dates back to the 12th century.
Two notable actors, Maureen O'Sullivan and Chris O'Dowd hail from Boyle. The town also boasts an arts festival and a number of other sites of historical and cultural interest including King House, which has been used as a military barrack since the 1780s, most recently by the Irish Army, but also by the Connaught Rangers during its time.