Explore the countryside, hear the voices as you travel
The Roscommon App contained the Real Roscommon Experience which is a first for the midlands and indeed Ireland in bringing the voices, the lore, the history and the craic of the land to the visitor via their GPS devices, be they Smartphones or sat nav devices. It is seven guides in one app with six audio tours and a Top 100 Guide carefully crafted to capture the wonder and the mystique of the Roscommon countryside.
Overview and Licence
When available, a person could access this information via this website or by clicking to the App Store or Google Play – all tours automatically downloaded in these stores. All tours on the app were subject to acceptance of the Licence Agreement. At nearly 100 meg, please note this app only downloaded in a strong WiFi zone.
Cross platform app
The Roscommon App is a GPS travel service that takes the hard work and hassle out of touring Roscommon. It comes as a native App for iPhones and Androids as well as a driving guide for Garmin and TomTom sat nav devices. Below we list the seven guides – simply click on the link you wish to see and go to the dropdown menu on the top right of the iFrame. N.B. All seven tours are downloaded automatically for the native app devices in their respective stores – no need to download individually. Ensure data roaming is on to hear the stories automatically on your Smartphone.
Seven guides in one app
Visitors get a series of free guides on the following: –
- Rindoon Looped Trail – the lost town of the Shannon
- South Roscommon Heritage Guide – 22 hidden gems of Roscommon
- Best of Roscommon Guide – all you’ll need to enjoy the county
- Bog, Rock and Lough Trail – exploring the very heart of Ireland
- The Suck Valley Trail – serpent, saints and sinners
- Enchanted Mountain Trail – ghost stories galore
- Mote Park Trail – the Lion and the House
In its breadth of information and places featured, the Roscommon App offered a wholly original way of promoting and marketing the county and was an initiative of Fergal Gleeson in Roscommon Town who had set up a cycling tour business, The Real Roscommon Experience, in conjunction with Roscommon LEADER Partnership (now no longer operating). The service was a division of navigatour® GPS travel guides devised by John Ward. This free App ensured that the very best that Roscommon has to offer was made easily accessible.
Native Device Apps for iPhone and Android
The Roscommon App offered an easy to use multimedia App. With it, you had seven detailed guides downloadable in one App for either iPhone or Android. Once downloaded onto their Smartphones, visitors had all of the information they needed on the key places of interest at their fingertips and are available offline without any roaming charges. They could find out about and then contact any place of interest, all from their Smartphones.
Tours on offer: –
1. Rindoon Looped Trail – the lost town of the Shannon
Rindoon, or Rinn Dúin in Irish, is where you can follow one of the the most enchanting looped walks in Ireland, past a castle, a church, a windmill, a hospital, bee boles, new born lambs as well as the Shannon lapping against the shore. With a hidden bluebell wood further on, numerous fairy trees, this is a very special area where heritage, nature and magic blend in to an unforgettable day’s walking. This guide is indebted to Richard & Liz Collins, former proprietors of St. John’s House (closed in 2015) and to P.J. Grady for generously allowing people cross their lands on this walk.
If staying in Roscommon or Athlone, why not prepare a picnic and cycle the 10 miles out to Rindoon, heading along the N61 and turning off at Lecarrow. Gleesons in Roscommon will be happy to oblige with both! Take note of Coffey’s legendary pub on your right for later and also the Lecarrow canoe club on your left in the village. Large parts of the looped walk are part of a working farm, so please bear that in mind when taking your dog with you and needless to say, if you must open a gate, remember to close it. Other than that, enjoy yourself – you are exploring a really special part of Ireland.
2. South Roscommon Heritage Guide – 22 hidden gems of Roscommon
The South Roscommon Heritage Guide contains 22 of the best heritage sites located in South Roscommon. Some are well known, others are hidden gems, all are an essential part of our past and of Roscommon’s rich heritage. We hope you enjoy visiting some if not all of them. Richard Collins of St. John’s House B&B in Rindoon and Nollaig Feeney, Heritage Officer for County Roscommon have shared their joint passion for the heritage of their environs with this wonderful heritage guide. All of the places you might have heard of, as well as a few you’ll be glad to know of are included here. It’s a great addition to finding these hidden gems in the heart of Ireland.
The sites are of course for you to decide on, but based on proximity and what can realistically be covered in a day allowing for time out and lunch, we’ve divided the points of interest into bunches allowing for daily itineraries: Day One: Points 1-5 Knockcroghery and Lecarrow. Day Two: Points 6-10 Roscommon Town. Day Three: Points 11-16 The Suck Valley. Day Four: Points 17-22 Down to the Shannon. Tips: The places listed on this Trail are spread out over 25 miles. A serious cyclist would be able to cover these places, but for someone hoping to enjoy a leisurely few days, we’d recommend driving.
3. Best of Roscommon Guide – all you’ll need to enjoy the county
The Real Roscommon Experience is proud to offer a first in customer service with this free GPS guide to Roscommon Town and its environs showing you the best places to visit, to walk, to fish and to savour. They’re all here and with the click of a button, they’ll soon be on your GPS device! Enjoy the gateway to the West of Ireland and County Roscommon’s idyllic lakelands with Fergal Gleeson’s Best of County Roscommon Guide.
4. Bog, Rock and Lough Trail – exploring the very heart of Ireland
Enjoy a tour like no other as Eamonn takes us out to the bog where he spent many a Summer’s day, to Lough Ree where the mighty Shannon flows and to Kilteevin mass rock where Catholics worshipped in Penal times. With anecdotes and insights along the way, your affable host will have you up to speed on all aspects of this often overlooked part of beautiful Roscommon. All sorts of stories can be found on this trail from how to stack turf to where Tom Cruise’s people are from in Roscommon to the publican who stored sheep in his lounge, it is all here on the Bog, Rock and Lough Trail.
5. The Suck Valley Trail – serpent, saints and sinners
The Suck river meanders ponderously making its way down towards the Shannon. To the left is Galway and to the right is Roscommon. It’s a valley that is renowned to fisherman across Europe but has a host of interesting historical facts associated with it. The Cross of Cong was made here, the Garda Siochana college was intended for here and Charles Stewart Parnell gave his last public speech here.
Beyond this, there are tales regarding saints from St. Ciaran to St. Coman, of dastardly landlords and inventive publicans and of the serpentine-like river itself giving the trail its subtitle of Serpents, saints and sinner. The good, the bad and the ugly has all passed through this area and we aim to tell you some of the more colourful stories from over the centuries in the hands of Eamonn and a man who can both see and maybe even raise Eamonn on the talking stakes in the form of Fuerty farmer, Charlie Clarke.
From Athleague to Castlestrange, Fuerty to Castlecoote, join us on a journey that has scenery that is both haunting and ethereal in the hands of two great raconteurs.
6. Enchanted Mountain Trail – ghost stories galore
Roscommon does not have too many mountains and the one it has is hardly the most impressive of mountains, more of a hill really. However Sliabh Ban is a place one should not underestimate for what it lacks in topographical might, it more than makes up for in terms of its lore and mystique.
On a rainy day in Luke Gibbons pub, we gathered some locals to tell us a bit more about the place and heard of mysterious sightings of black cats, stories of fairies and their spells, of missing gold and ghosts, of ancient games and warriors. This is a trail aimed at the walkers and cyclists amongst you, but we should say it is also aimed at those who are not of a nervous disposition. Once up on the mountain, you too might experience the sensation that you may succumb to the will of the fairy folk and get lost, so come prepared and in company – you have been warned!
7. Mote Park Trail – the Lion and the House
The Mote Park Trail brings us back to a time when the local aristocrats, the Croftons, held great sway in the area. Mote Park, the seat of the Crofton Family from the 16th century up until the 1940s is a gateway to heritage, history, flora, fauna and the environment. Located in the heart of County Roscommon, it is an ideal venue for outdoor activities for children and people of all ages. With our Trail, we’ll be bringing you to the site of Mote Park and the ancient and hauntingly beautiful resting place of Croftons through the ages, Kilmaine cemetery.
Through tumultuous times right up until the middle of the 20th century, the Croftons were at the heart of local events until the big house was finally knocked down in 1959. The family are remembered fondly for such activities as building the local infirmary to getting the railway line to pass through the town. Most importantly, they were regarded as kind and helpful landlords during the Great Famine. For a county that suffered more than most during this dark period, this is a factor worth emphasising. Ably guided by local historian, John Kerrigan, we are delighted to bring you on the Mote Park Trail.