Lough Key Boats
Lough Key Boats
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Based in Lough Key Forest Park we are are a family owned and run business a offering boat hire and boat tours on the scenic lake of Lough Key. Enjoy the beauty, tranquillity and history of Lough Key, on board our 40-seater boat "The Trinity" a fully enclosed, centrally heated tour boat.We are Lough Key locals who can share interesting and quirky stories about Lough Key as well as taking you on a professionally guided tour of one of the greatest Lakes in Ireland. During the tour you will be entertained by legends, for instance "Una Bhan" and the legacy of Trinity, Church and Castle islands. Located at the harbour is a fleet of Rowing boats for hourly rental these boats can seat up to five persons and life jackets are supplied. Lough Key Boats is a seasonal business open during the summer season, which starts the last week June until the last week of August. We organize customised tours all year round with special booking in advance. We can also organize fishing boats all year round please contact us to book in advance.
Boyle, County Roscommon, Ireland
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Alice G
Longford, Ireland7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
Myself, my sister and our 4 children (ages 13, 9, 6 & 4) headed on the speed boat tour this weekend and we were not disappointed. It was brilliant. The lovely girl who took our bookings was so nice and Oliver the tour guide was great. He told us so much history, brought us around trinity Island and then bringing us on the boat, while constantly making sure it was a comfortable speed for the little ones. If your looking for something different to do then this is for you! Also they were efficient with all covid procedures!
Written 26 July 2021
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Hi Alice, So glad to hear you had great fun! It is so nice to spend time with the family and what a fantastic idea to organize a tour together. Oliver is an excellent tour guide and will be delighted to hear your feedback. Oliver caters every tour to the needs of the customer so he will drive fast or slow whatever you need :) We know it takes time and effort to submit a review, thank you so much for taking the time. We hope to see you and your lovely family again in the future. All the best, Catriona & Oliver And all the Boat Crew
Written 3 August 2021
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NBDublin
Dublin, Ireland2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
We were a family group of 7 on the private boat tour today at lough key. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the trip (ages 11-77). Oliver the guide was helpful, Informative and took great care of elderly parents. Highly recommend this trip to anyone who wants to get out in the water. Anyone with Covid concerns - life jackets and boats were sanitised, there was plenty of hand sanitiser available and all staff were wearing masks. Thank you Oliver for helping us make some special memories.
Written 22 July 2021
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Hi there, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this lovely review. Oliver was delighted to read that everyone enjoyed the trip and you found it informative and great care was given to elderly parents. We do our best to ensure safety and to give our customers a great experience to remember. Looking forward to seeing you again. All the best Catriona & Oliver and all the Boat Crew
Written 25 July 2021
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Dawn Z
Sligo, Ireland2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
We are locals but have never done this excursion before, and finally did so last Saturday. It was just as good as we'd hoped, in fact it exceeded our expectations!
We loved the relaxed, fun style of the guides and actually learned a few facts about the islands and lough. There had been a mix-up with our booking and Catriona the owner of Lough Key boats, called to ask we'd mind changing our time slot. She was so kind and offered us a free session with the rowing boats also located on the lough. I appreciated her thoughtfulness in this situation and it was very simple and fuss free to sort out.
I would recommend this excursion to anyone, you'll have a great time and enjoy your hour aboard with the team!
Written 29 August 2022
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Hi Dawn, Thank you so much for writing such a lovely review, it was my pleasure to assist you, and thank you for being so kind. Sorry about the delay in getting back. Hope to see you soon again, All the best, Catriona & all the Boat Crew in Lough Key
Written 29 May 2023
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Caroline C
Dublin, Ireland14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
We took the 1 hour boat tour around the lake and the islands and really enjoyed it. The boat was spotless and very comfortable and very safe for a busy 3 yr old and 1 year old. They particularly enjoyed the story about teddy bear island and there was a box of books to keep them distracted which is a great idea. Lucy the tour guide was brilliant and very knowledgeable and Damien the driver was great and so friendly. Would highly recommend the tour as a lovely way to see Lough Key.
Written 30 July 2022
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Kak M
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Spent a lovely day in Lough Key. The highlight was the wonderful boat trip. I was travelling with 2 family members with mobility issues. The crew were fantastic and went out of their way to help me. The trip was excellent and very informative. I highly recommend Lough Key Boat tours to anyone visiting the park. Thanks boys from Tom, Kathleen & Andrew👍
Written 10 July 2022
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villadoc2014
Dublin, Ireland2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Family
Amazing day at Lough Key on my daughters 6th birthday. Rowing around lake, discovering wild hidden waterways, lake islands (had picnic on one) and seeing the wildlife was an unforgettable experience. Catriona and her team went above and beyond to make the day special for us all, especially my daughter, huge thanks to them. We can’t wait to return.
Written 9 June 2021
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Delighted to hear you enjoyed your experience! especially Lottie :) you definitely needed 2.5 hours to get to Trinity Island. Looking forward to welcoming you again soon. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review xx
Written 9 June 2021
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Mike Fagan
Dublin, Ireland60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
On the day it was Cap’n Liz, Bo’sun Oliver (meeting & greeting on quayside) & a brilliant young commentator whose name unfortunately I don’trecall. He was superb with the adults and, if possible, even more engaging with the young children. It was a classic ‘Oirish’ experience, fabulous lake & lakeshore scenery, informal interaction, plenty of local history but most of all a fabulous hour of fun, laughter & relaxation. It was a tonic to observe how much couples, parents, grandparents & children enjoyed themselves. Based on our experience our group of 4 adults (+ baby) would award Lough Key Boats 125 out of 100 🏆. Incidentally in 2022 we asked if we could bring 2 well-mannered dogs aboard - No Probs was the immediate response 👍👍.
Written 14 August 2023
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Hi Mike, Thank you so much for your wonderful review !! The tour guide was David I will be sure that he knows all about your kind words and will be delighted thank you. Liz and Oliver will also be delighted. Our Boat Crew are amazing we are so very lucky to work with these wonderful people all of them. They go out of their way to make people and pets welcome, happy, and have a great experience. It means so much when people like you take the time to give us feedback. Thank you and looking forward to welcoming you again in the future. All the very best, Thank you, Catriona and all the Boat Crew at Lough Key Boats
Written 16 August 2023
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Pablo G
San Jose, CA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
This boat tour through the majestic lough key is such an incredible experience! The boat ride is just one part of the adventure on which you are taken during this excursion. During the ride you are given a tour of the area with historical and contemporary context while being able to get off the boat and explore sites on surrounding islands. Our guide made the tour so personable and special. She even lead us through a revitalizing meditation session in the middle of a centuries old abbey when she found out it was an interest of both of ours. It is a memory that will last a lifetime and was definitely a highlight of our entire Ireland trip.
Written 15 September 2021
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Hi Pablo & Heather, Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. Delighted you found the trip an incredible experience! We try our best to ensure your tour is tailored to your needs and wants as best we can. Loved doing the mindful meditation with you the island is so special and serene, I hope it serves you for years to come. So happy to hear it was the highlight! it had such competition. We are really looking forward to welcoming you again. All the best, Catriona & Oliver Lough Key Boats Crew
Written 16 September 2021
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Éimhín
Dublin, Ireland1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
We had an absolutely amazing afternoon on the speedboat and on rowing boats with this group on lough Key. All of the adults and kids enjoyed it hugely. Our guide was really knowledgeable, the scenery was incredible and add luck would have it the weather was the best it had been all summer. It topped off an enormously enjoyable trip to Boyle. I could not recommend this enough.
Written 25 August 2021
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Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. Delighted you you got to experience the speedboat and on rowing boats on Lough Key!! A great day :) Yes, the scenery is incredible and even better when the sun shines! Thank you so much for your recommendation it means a lot to all the boat crew. All the best, Catriona & Oliver Lough Key Boats Crew
Written 16 September 2021
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Pauricmcgowan
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
We were out on the private tour with our 2 kids (4 & 8) . It was a brilliant combination of a relaxing cruise , some very fun and exciting bits and a wonderfully insightful and informative tour of the lough , its islands. and its interesting history . The kids and the bigger kids loved it :) . Oliver and Catriona were fantastic and really made sure it was a wonderful experience for all. Many thanks to you both. Can't recommend this enough ! You will not be disappointed.
Written 26 July 2021
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Hi Pauric, So glad to hear you had a fantastic time! what a lovely way to describe the tour "a brilliant combination of a relaxing cruise, some very fun and exciting bits, and a wonderfully insightful and informative tour of the lough, its islands. and its interesting history."We might be using your lovely words in the future :) We know it takes time and effort to submit a review, thank you so much for taking the time. We hope to see you and your lovely family again in the future. All the best, Catriona & Oliver And all the Boat Crew
Written 3 August 2021
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