O’Rourke sisters launch new-look Roscommon Walks & Cycleways booklet 

The O’Rourke sisters, Lisa and Aoife, took a break from their training schedule last Saturday to check out the new-look Roscommon Walks & Cycleways Booklet for Autumn 2023 in the Demesne, Castlerea, County Roscommon. Pic: Brian Farrell

Visit Roscommon has launched its new-look Walks & Cycleways Booklet for Autumn 2023, packed with information and maps for 25 trails across the county.

Roscommon boasts an abundance of trails to suit all ages, interests, and abilities, showcasing the beautiful countryside and natural environment for Roscommon people and visitors alike to enjoy.

From the Lough Gara Bogland Trails to Lecarrow Canal Walk and from the Mote Park Trails to the National Famine Way, each route featured has been individually mapped to note GPS location, length, and difficulty together with facilities, accessibility, and points of interest along the routes.

The Scavenger Hunt and activities page is a fun way of checking out what you can see along the way and to keep little ones entertained. A handy list of playgrounds and outdoor gyms is also included.

The updated Roscommon Walks & Cycleways Booklet is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and Roscommon County Council under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme and was launched by Aoife and Lisa O’Rourke at the Demesne in Castlerea last Saturday.

The sisters, both boxers from Tarmon, near Castlerea, received the Freedom of Roscommon in December 2022 in recognition of their outstanding achievements in their sporting field.

In 2022, at age 20, Lisa O’Rourke won a gold medal on her debut at the World Championships in Istanbul, which her sister Aoife represented Ireland at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021 and won her second European gold medal in 2022.

Commenting on the launch, Lisa Joy, Tourism Officer at Roscommon County Council, says, “This Roscommon Walks and Cycleways Book is a wonderful resource which sets out to inform on the abundance of walks and cycle routes located throughout County Roscommon. So, choose a trail that’s right for you and stay active during the autumn and winter months. Whether it be through a native woodland bustling with wildlife, or along tranquil shorelines that gently nourish our extensive flora and fauna, Roscommon is the perfect place to get active in nature”.

The Roscommon Walks & Cycleways Booklet can be downloaded from the Visit Roscommon website and hard copies are available at the Roscommon Tourism Office and tourism information points across the county.