Lough Boora Mesolithic Loop Walk
Lough Boora Discovery Park in County Offaly offers a family-friendly landscape full of biodiversity, art, and archaeology, with options for walking, cycling, and a fairy trail. The park also boasts an outdoor sculpture park, Mesolithic settlement, and cycle links to the Grand Canal.
The 9km Mesolithic Loop is one of the three main walking trails in Lough Boora Discovery Park, County Offaly, taking approximately 2.5 hours to complete. The trail passes through the Leabeg wetlands, an ancient Mesolithic settlement dating back to 6500BC, and across the old railway embankment to the eastern bank of the canal. Visitors may see whooper swans, purple moor grass, skylarks, hares, and foxes depending on the time of year.
Local tips include visiting the Mesolithic site, which is one of the most important finds in Ireland, disproving the belief that the Midlands remained uncolonized as previously thought.
For those planning to visit, it is recommended to follow the directions on Google Maps and visit the park's website for further information and to book in advance.