Lough Key Boats Is a proud Sustainable Business, we play our part in protecting our environment.


As an independent, locally owned business, Lough Key Boats is determined to play our part in ensuring the survival of our unique park, lake, islands, its community, and its environment.

We also want to share our beautiful lake with as many people as possible and know that sustainable tourism helps to ensure the viability and prosperity of life in the locality.

We view ourselves as guardians of our beautiful locality, and we want to protect its natural beauty as well as its rich cultural and historical heritage.

Leave No Trace Principle and Practice

At Lough Key Boats we encourage our customers to follow the ‘Leave No Trace Ireland’ principles in our area.

As well as environmental protection, we are focused on economic development and social unity. We strive to balance an expanding tourism sector with the needs and priorities of this unique forest park, lake, and islands.


As an employer in the region, we also know that local employment is important and we are striving to expand our season over time and further benefit the local economy.  All our directors and employees are from the locality.  We recycle our rubbish, and we encourage our staff not to use one use plastics.


Lough Key Boats cooperates with other service providers locally, incorporating them into our various packages to ensure local revenue is maximised.


In the business itself, we use tin-free and non-toxic paint on our boats, and we use recycled material where possible. We promote the use of electronic tickets by providing an online booking system and our aim is to be completely paperless. We also measure all our fuel output and encourage our customers to use the toilets on the main shore rather than onboard.  We stopped providing motor engines and instead we offer rowing boats and are looking to an alternative electric solution for the future.


Lough Key Boats are open to support any local initiatives that are environmentally friendly.  We are happy to collaborate with local organisations that need support.  We believe that together we will build and grow a more sustainable future.


If you would like to know more about sustainability at Lough Key Boats, contact Catriona

Castle Island
Magh Luirg an Dagda (lit. the plain of the tracks of the Dagda ) aka Moylurg, was an ancient Gaelic kingdom (from c. 956–1585) largely represented by the Barony of Boyle today. The Mac Riabhaigh (aka McGreevy) were Kings of Moylurg until 1255 when they were dispossessed by Clann Maelruanaidh (aka Mulrooney) – later known as Clann Mac Diarmada (aka McDermott). Queen Elizabeth's Composition of Connacht in 1585 brought an end to McDermott rule of Moylurg, and their territory was renamed the Barony of Boyle.
Church Island
Inchmacnerin Abbey is located on Church Island, an island of 2.1 ha (5.1 ac) in the western part of Lough Key. The name means "island of the sons of Éirín". It was refounded as an Augustinian priory some time between 1140 and 1170. Some of the Annals of Loch Cé may have been written here, as well as at Holy Trinity Abbey located on the same lake. It was dissolved c. 1569 and the land granted to William Taaffe in 1596.
Trinity Island
Holy Trinity Abbey is a former medieval Premonstratensian priory and National Monument. A monastic site existed on the island from the 7th century AD, and a gable and church doorway of the 9th century survive. Holy Trinity Priory was founded in 1215 by Clarus Mag Máilin, archdeacon of Elphin, the island being gifted by Cathal O'Reilly, king of East Bréifne. Some monks came here from Boyle Abbey in 1228