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Legends of Lough Key Family Adventure Festival

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October 31st 2009 Lough Key Forest Park, Co. Roscommon is preparing for a magical adventure that will celebrate the mystery and lore of this ancient place. The family adventure festival has been designed so that thrill-seekers of all ages can discover the beautiful area for themselves. The event organisers have devised a programme to suit all level of abilities and interests using the Lough Key as its playground. The event has been designed predominantly as a running or walking event with a few other activities thrown in to complete.

The event, being staged by the operators of the hugely successful Gael Force West adventure race in Westport, will be held on 31st of October and should appeal to both serious adventurers and families alike, as it coincides with the Halloween break. It is often difficult to combine one’s love for adventure and family life but this weekend hopes to bring the two together. Both elements have been carefully considered and an enjoyable, if not somewhat spooky weekend is to be expected.

The event is packed full of options to accommodate all levels of adventurer. For the active enthusiast there is the Legends 10k run, weaving its way through the enchanting Lough Key forest and featuring a number of different terrains, including gravel tracks, mud, bog and even some stream crossings. This event is unique in that it will start at dusk and runners will use the light of their head torches to guide them through the eerie dark of the forest at night.

For youngsters and families, the Spookey Fun Run is a chance to stretch the legs without the full distance of the Legends 10k. This will also feature a nocturnal foray into the forest and the SpooKey run is set over 3km. With exciting and sometimes spooky features en route, including actors, light installations and a few fun obstacles, the SpooKey fun run can be completed at any pace and the focus is squarely on enjoyment and entertainment.

Preceding the 10k and the fun run, those keen to get into the forest and have a look around during the day can do so with the Legends Treasure Hunt. A specially prepared map will guide people around the highlights of the Forest park and along the way; participants will come face to face with some of the forest’s legends. You can expect to see performers, hear some traditional music and experience a few other surprises (some edible) along the way. This is a perfect adventure for all the family, including very small children and pushchairs.

For the adrenaline junkies out there the Legends adventure features two real feathers in its cap – the high octane Moylurg abseil and zip wire. The bulk of the mighty Moylurg Tower stands 30 metres over the foundations of the old Rockingham House. With special permission, Legends will liberate this colossal structure for adventure, rigging a sensational 30 metre vertical abseil and a 150-metre long zip wire, bringing the event alive with the screams of thrill seekers. At 30m high, the Tower will provide a jaw-dropping view of its surroundings. The 150m-zip wire will also run from the top of the Tower and will be catapulting those brave enough to take the plunge to speeds of up to 40mph.

Slightly more sedentary is the Lough Key kayak adventure, where instructors will give lessons in paddling technique and then lead a flotilla of boats off into the Lough to experience lovely hideaways and secret islands.

With the event planned for the mid-term school break Legends of Lough Key has been planned very much to add some excitement to the dark days of autumn and the selection of activities really does make the most of this fabulous hidden gem of an area. Featuring a modern caravan and camping park on site with excellent facilities and special rates for those taking part to camp on site, there is every reason to make a weekend of the event.

Lough Key Forest Park is located 5km from Boyle, very close to the junction of the N4 (Dublin-Sligo) and N61 (Roscommon-Athlone) roads. It is also situated 17km from the N5 (Dublin-Westport) road. The park is 2.5 hours from Dublin and 1 hour from Sligo

The event provides competitors with an environment where they can meet likeminded people and ‘relax’ for a few hours in a stunning location. Whether you decide to stay for the weekend or just for the day fun and adventure is guaranteed. The event will showcase the local region and will bring people from throughout Ireland and beyond to Lough Key and will provide Co. Roscommon with a tourism boost. It is hoped that many new friendships and memories will be formed over the festival. The event is supported by Failte Ireland West and Lough Key Forest Park and it hoped that this will become an annual fixture on the adventure calendar.

For more details check out the website at www.legendsofloughkey.com.
Or call Siobhan in our Westport office at 098 28324