Angling Services Ireland
These Boyle-based guides know where to find the big pike, perch and trout.
Lough Key Boats
This astonishing portal dolmen, one of the largest in Ireland, measures 4.5m by 3.3m and was constructed before 2000 BC. It can be...
This quaint historic bar is in the centre of town. Live music at weekends.
Dark wood combined with cranberry red walls equal a suitably warm and homely atmosphere for enjoying genuine home cooking. Specialities...
Abbeytown Rd · interesting places nearby
Boyle Abbey information
Gracing the River Boyle is the finely preserved (and reputedly haunted) Boyle Abbey. Founded in 1161 by monks from Mellifont in County Louth, the abbey captures the transition from Romanesque to Gothic style, best seen in the nave, where a set of arches in each style face each other. Guided 40-minute tours of the abbey are sometimes available.
Unusual for a Cistercian building, figures and carved animals decorate the capitals to the west as well as, more bafflingly, the pagan sheila-na-gig fertility symbol. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the abbey was occupied by the military and became Boyle Castle; the stone chimney on the southern side of the abbey, which was once the refectory, dates from that period.