Lough Boora is a cutaway peat bog in County Offaly, which has been transformed into a nature reserve, sculpture park, walking and cycling trail, and more. Peat was harvested for fuel between the 1950s and 1970s, and the land is now being reclaimed for agricultural, eco-tourism and maintained as a nature reserve by the Irish Wildlife Trust.
Lough Boora is now a sanctuary for wildlife and an amenity for the community – a place of quiet, relaxation and refuge. There is a Sculpture Park which pays homage to our human interaction with the boglands. The cycle and walkways allow visitors to absorb the unique atmosphere of this special landscape. There is a place to hire a bike with various short to longer routes.
Over 130 species of resident and migrant birds have been recorded in the discovery park, and the mammals present include deer, a herd of wild goats, badgers, haresand bats. Bord na Móna have partnered with The Irish Fairy Door Company for a fairy trail in Lough Boora Discovery Park. Fairy Avenue is the home to 14 fairies, each of them bringing something special to the park. There is also a place to eat at the Organic Kitchen.
For more information, visit https://www.loughboora.com/