The town of Boyle nestles at the foot of the Curlew Mountains, between Loughs Gara and Key, on the main pass connecting the plains of Connacht with the north. It is an area of great beauty and of immense historical and archaeological interest for the visitor. Boyle is also a renowned centre for fishermen, whether interested in trout or coarse fishing.
Sites to visit and see are the 12th century Boyle Abbey, the 18th century King House, (home to the Connaught Rangers) and the Drumanone Dolmen built more than 4000 years ago. Boyle has a tradition as a thriving market town - the atmosphere of the old 'market town' has been recreated with the vibrant Farmers' Market which is held each Saturday from 10.00-14.00 in the grounds of King House. There is a very scenic 9-hole golf course located about 2 km from the town.
Boyle is well known for the annual Boyle Arts Festival which takes place in July every year. Boyle has the wonderful amenity of Lough Key Forest and Activity Park located a short distance from the town which comprises 350 hectares of historic parkland that sweeps down to the shores of Lough Key and its many islands. The visitor is free to roam the many nature trails and walks free of charge. It is ideal for orienteering, walking and water sports. There are regular boat trips around the lough. The Rock, home of the historic McDermott family is situated on one of the islands, as is the legend of Uná Ban McDermott and Thomas Costello, doomed lovers, who are supposed to be buried together, two trees entwined above their grave. The Lough Key Experience comprises a Visitor Centre, Tree Top Walk, Viewing Tower, Children’s Adventure playground, the all-weather ‘Boda Borg’ family puzzler, Zip line adventures, Caravan and Camping Park, and much more.