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Welcome to Monaghan

Welcome to Monaghan, a county that is often overlooked but is often known as Ireland's best-kept secret. Monaghan is known for its landscape of drumlin hills glistening lakes and market towns, which inspired so much of the works of Patrick Kavanagh. Today you can visit the Patrick Kavanagh Centre in Inniskeen and see and feel this beautiful part of the country where the poet grew up.

Monaghan has something to suit everyone’s interests. Its home to Lough Muckno, a world-class centre for angling and wakeboarding, and Ballybay wetlands which features renowned angling and bird watching opportunities. Monaghan County Museum tells the story of the county from earliest times, while at Clones and Carrickmacross, you can see history in the making as a passionate group of locals use a delicate needlework technique to create some of the finest lace in the world.

The county has strong links to its historical past and many towns and villages portray a history and tradition of times long gone. Whether you are into heritage, water sports or relaxation, Monaghan has a wealth of pursuits to whet your appetite.

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  • 0.85km to City/Town Centre

    Castle Leslie Estate

    Nestled on 1,000 acres of undulating Irish countryside, dotted with ancient woodlands and glittering lakes, Castle Leslie Estate is one of the last great Irish castle estates still in the hands of its founding family. The estate is home to some of the most unique and enchanting accommodation on one of Ireland's most breathtaking estates. The beautiful Castle Leslie Estate is full of character and personality and is the ultimate Irish rural escape. Unlike most hotels, Castle Leslie Estate boasts a variety of accommodation to suit all tastes and holidaying needs. The Castle, rich in unspoilt rural splendor and breathtaking artifacts, offers complete respite from the rest of the world. A haven of tranquility, you won't find televisions, radios or minibars within the bedrooms. The Castle features twenty unique bedrooms and bathrooms - whether your idea of heaven is a romantic boudoir designed with relaxation and privacy in mind or flamboyant room decorated with rich deep colours, there's a room to suit your tastes. The Lodge offers a completely different experience to that of the castle. Complete with 29 rooms - each of which remain true to the building's original structure - and buzzing with activity, there is plenty to keep yourself occupied at the boutique, country house style Lodge.Experience our luxury home rental packages and self catering breaks at the 2 bedroomed Old Stable Mews and the 4 and 5 bedroomed Village Cottages. Their luxurious home holiday package breaks are based on a bed and breakfast basis for between 2 and 5 night's accommodation and many of these packages include evening meals and home treats such as a welcome family basket, beer & wine, sweets, popcorn and snacks. However, if you want the freedom to cater for yourself, their self catering breaks are the ideal choice as they offer guests independence with the option to avail of all the Estate has to offer.Whether your idea of a holiday is a romantic retreat, a relaxing break or an action-packed adventure, there is something for everyone at Castle Leslie Estate. A host of activities are on offer including pike fishing for the nature enthusiast, a private cinema for movie buffs, exceptional walking trails for those who want to breathe in fresh country air, kayaking and clay pigeon shooting for the more adventurous, hot air balloon rides for those looking for exhilaration, falconry for those to experience nature up close, a fabulous spa for rejuvenation and of course the famous world-class equestrian centre!When it comes to dining at Castle Leslie Estate, it's all about choice. They cater for those looking for casual dining as well as those seeking a more elegant and romantic experience. Guests can look forward to lazy breakfasts, light lunches or picnic lunches in the woodlands, Irish country cooking in Conor's bar or gourmet dinners in the 2AA Rosette award winning Snaffles Restaurant. There's little chance of anyone going hungry at Castle Leslie Estate!No matter where you eat on the Estate, you will enjoy the best of classic Irish cooking. Castle Leslie Estate source regional and artisan foods locally and prepare and present them with imagination and flair. Freshness is their by-word. Their daily-baked breads and scones and homemade preserves are enough to tempt any guest.After your stay at Castle Leslie Estate, you will emerge well rested, pampered and have taken in some of the most exquisite sights to be witnessed in Ireland. It is just a mere 60 minutes from Belfast, 80 minutes from Dublin and a million miles from anywhere2026

    Address: Glaslough, Co. Monaghan. H18 FY04

    • Lough Muckno Leisure Park - km
    • St. Peters Tin Church Laragh - km
  • 3.27km to City/Town Centre

    Nuremore Hotel and Country Club

    A family owned and operated Hotel in Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan. The Nuremore Hotel and Country Club offers guests a wide range of facilities during their stay.Dine in the award winning 'Restaurant at Nuremore' or enjoy a light lunch or evening snack in The Ivy Bar.Relax and unwind in Vida Leisure Club, with 18m Swimming Pool, Sauna, Steam room, Jacuzzi, Gym and Tennis Court. Enjoy a round of Golf on our 18 hole Championship Course or take a stroll around our mature grounds and lake.

    Address: Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan

    • Lough Muckno Leisure Park - km
    • St. Peters Tin Church Laragh - km

Things to See & Do

Landmarks

  • Lough Muckno Leisure Park
  • Port of Larne
  • Port of Cork
  • St. Peters Tin Church Laragh
  • Rossmore Forest Park

Things to Do

  • Patrick Kavanagh Centre: Located in Inniskeen, the birthplace of the poet and novelist Patrick Kavanagh, this Resource Centre is home to a permanent exhibition dedicated to the life and work of one of the foremost Irish poets of the 20th century. The centre also features a 60 seat audio visual theatre, where you can watch a moving interview with the poet from 1962, twelve specially commissioned paintings depicting Kavanagh’s epic poem “The Great Hunger”, Kavanagh’s Death Mask and other memorabilia associated with the poet. Tours of the surrounding places of interest are also available.

  • Lough Muckno Leisure Park: This beautiful lake, the largest in Monaghan, is situated next to the town of Castleblayney. It was originally part of the estate of the Blayney family, who later sold it to Henry Thomas Hope, who once owned and gave his name to the Hope Diamond, one of the most famous jewels in the world. Hope Castle now houses a restaurant and lounge in the park, and the grounds of the estate are still a sight to behold, as are the forest trails and spectacular views over the lake.

  • Busy Bee Ceramics: Set in the beautiful village of Mullan, just north of Monaghan town, this pottery studio is a unique experience for those who don’t mind getting their hands dirty. As well as selling unique hand crafted tableware, pottery workshops are held also for every age group, children and adults alike. Every participant receives a “Busy Bee Ceramics Master Potter Certificate” and receives their work of art two weeks later by post after it has been fired in the kiln.

  • Carrickmacross Lace Gallery: Originating in the 1820s, Carrickmacross lace was inspired by Italian lace and was taught to local women in order to earn some extra income. This tradition continued and today it is still produced by hand by a passionate group of craftspeople who are dedicated to preserving their fine needlework. In the gallery you can explore the fascinating history of this important industry, which was made famous by its inclusion in the wedding dresses of Princess Diana and the Duchess of Cambridge, and browse a range of lace products.

  • Monaghan County Museum: For over 40 years, Monaghan County Museum has been collecting, conserving and displaying the history and culture of the county. This award winning museum covers over 10,000 years of history and its most famous exhibits include the 14th century Cross of Clogher and a collection of early medieval items found in nearby man-made islands known as crannógs.

  • Rossmore Forest Park: Just outside Monaghan Town is the forest park of Rossmore. The forest takes the walker through the more historical area of the park you can see the ruins of Rossmore Castle, the walled garden, a fish hatchery and a reservoir. The most scenic walk leads you down an avenue of yew trees which runs for approximately 500 meters from the walled garden.

  • Ballybay Wetlands Centre: For tourists looking to go on an eco-friendly holiday, the Ballybay Wetlands Centre is an impressive multi-purpose venue set in the heart of County Monaghan with sweeping views over the surrounding wetlands. These wetlands are home to a wide range of plant and animal life and offers a wide variety of activities such as peaceful walkways, bird watching and angling. For nature enthusiasts, there is an observation deck with panoramic views across the Wetlands. The centre hosts a variety of cultural events including craft fairs, vintage car shows and musical events and regularly displays local artists work.

  • Sam More Open Farm:  A fun day out for all the family, this open farm features a petting zoo and toy machinery for kids, as well as vintage displays for adults including stationary engines, vintage cars and a working forge. As well as the usual animals you would wxpect to find on a farm, you will also discover alpacas, miniature donkeys, pygmy goats, different breeds of sheep, pygmy hedgehogs, geese, and black swans. Other facilities include a picnic area, indoor canteen, nature walk and ringfort.