Beautiful scenery, unspoilt landscape, historical sites and sparkling lakes. This is the birthplace of the notorious Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh – Welcome to Monaghan!
Things to do
In County Monaghan, Nature provides the setting for numerous outdoor activities: sightseeing, walking, cycling, horse riding, fishing or playing golf. Golf courses and equestrian centres can be found throughout the county as well as pony trekking over moorland, mountain and forest trails.
In Lough Muckno Leisure Park, near Castleblayney, visitors will find many walking trails, a fishing area and for the more adventurous ones, why not try some water skiing? All this exercising is sure to work up an appetite so don’t forget to pack a picnic. At Rossmore Forest Park many wonderful nature and lakeside trails can be found. Badgers, foxes and hedgehogs will be your walking companions, and you might like to know (or not) that this forest is home to seven different species of bat.
A different kind of trail will lead you through some of Monaghan’s History – Monaghan heritage trail includes visits to Peter’s Lake, the old railway station, the Market House and the Courthouse. The best of the county’s architecture was developed in Victorian and Georgian times, from public spaces like the Church Square, Dawson Obelisk and the Diamond in Monaghan town, to the great country houses of Hilton Park, Clones and Carrickmacross and St. Macartan’s Cathedral.
Monaghan is also home to one of the leading provincial museums in Ireland, Monaghan County Museum. The unique 14th century Cross of Clogher and a collection of early medieval crannog artefacts are among the best items of a vast collection representing centuries of local history and folk life.
If you’re lucky to be travelling to Monaghan in September you will be treated to a blues extravaganza, as the county hosts Ireland’s biggest blues festival, the Harvest Time Blues Festival every year in September.
Hidden Ireland Historic Country Guest Houses
Bed and Breakfast
Hilton Park is a rural idyll with glorious, landscaped parkland, woods, private lakes, tranquil gardens and an 18-hole golf-course where guests may play for free. Just 90 minutes from Dublin and Belfast, Hilton Park is ideal for small parties and groups or an intimate weekend à deux. The house containsmany of its original features, furniture and paintings and boasts stupendous views fromall the bedrooms. Renowned for its exemplary home-grown cuisine and uncompromising approach to ingredients, Hilton Park is the ultimate country house experience.