Lough Boora Discovery Park - Places to Visit

Lough Boora Discovery Park is one of my favourite places to visit. We hadn't been for quite a while as it's a bit of a drive (about an hour and a half from Kilcullen) but the Bank Holiday seemed like just the right time to go. The weather was amazing and the lakes looked gloriously fresh and cool as we set out on our walk.

Lake at Lough Boora Discovery Park

View of Lake at Lough Boora

The wonderful thing about Lough Boora is its vastness.  When you enter into the park you have an immediate sense of wide open sky and vistas that stretch into the distance.  It's an incredible amenity that is well used by families but you never feel crowded. There are 5 different walking routes, from an easy 3.3 km to a challenging 15.8 km.

Bog Oak at Lough Boora

You can hire bikes and cycle around and one of the cutest things to see is the small ones being pulled along in the special cycle cars.
Hiring a tandem bike is also an option and prices are very reasonable - from €5.00 per hour for an adult up to €50 for a full day for 2 adults and 2 children.

The sculptures are what I love the most.  It's almost like they have evolved out of the earth itself, although it is human talent that has brought them into being.  They fit so well with the landscape and create a magical journey around the park that I never tire of.  You can read more of the fascinating story of each sculpture here.

Paper Boats Sculpture
Paper Boats by Amanda Ralph

Bog Track Sculpture
Bog Track by Johan Sietzema

Scultpure by Kevin O'Dwyer Lough Boora
60 Degrees by Kevin O'Dwyer

Another gorgeous thing to do is the Fairy Avenue. Aimed at children really but it's so cute it's worth going around no matter what age you are! And if you want to learn about all the fairies and how they came to be there, you can read up on them on the Lough Boora website :)

Mark Reid

Fairy Avenue Lough Boora

Fairy Door Lough Boora Discovery Park

Bug Hotel at Lough Boora Discovery Park

Last but most definitely not least, is nature in Lough Boora. This for me is so wonderful, biodiversity is celebrated and encouraged and the park is teeming with insect life as well as wild flowers and birds.  I like to amble and take pictures and enjoy the smells and sights of everything around me and on a sunny day, this is particularly enjoyable.

So I will leave you with a few of my nature pics to give you a sense of how nice it is.

Lough Boora Bog Cotton

Buttercups Lough Boora Discovery Park

Lough Boora Discovery Park Dragonfly

Lough Boora Wildflower White

Check out the map below for directions to Lough Boora:

You might also enjoy reading Emo Court and the Rock of Dunamase.

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  • Steph
    Steph 12 June 2018 at 18:34

    Oh that looks so nice, I love your nature pictures too. I love seeing things like sculptures and learning about the meanings behind them all

  • Unknown
    Unknown 12 June 2018 at 21:40

    That looks like such a lovely place to visit. The sculptures sound interesting and my favourite of the ones you've featured is the bog track!

  • Unknown
    Unknown 12 June 2018 at 22:40

    This looks like an amazing place to visit. I would love to visit it one day. The photos are so pretty.

  • Kara
    Kara 13 June 2018 at 17:28

    This looks like a great place to visit with plenty of things to look at for the kids

  • Laura Dove
    Laura Dove 13 June 2018 at 18:21

    What a gorgeous country park! We love exploring outdoors and this looks to be somewhere we would really enjoy!

  • Laura - Dear Bear and Beany
    Laura - Dear Bear and Beany 13 June 2018 at 21:42

    What a lovely place to visit, there is so much to do! We love being outdoors as a family

  • Holly Hancocks
    Holly Hancocks 14 June 2018 at 21:29

    Wow what a beautiful place to visit - I love the sculptures and your photography is beautiful.

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