C’mon to Monaghan! The staycation destination with something for everyone, where a warm and friendly welcome awaits.
Staycation season is back with a bang and if you’re looking for the perfect spot to hang out on your next adventure – look no further.
With outdoor adventures aplenty, must-visit foodie destinations, culture, art and top-class accommodation, a visit to Monaghan truly has something for everyone!
A county brimming with foodie ‘finds’, Monaghan is home to its fair share of award-winning restaurants as well a vibrant street food and food truck scene.
From fine dining at the Courthouse in Carrickmacross, Snaffles at Castle Leslie in Glaslough and Wild Thyme in Three Mile House, to top-notch bakeries, craft brewers and distillers and some of the best coffee you will taste in Ireland!
Monaghan Town Farmer’s Market takes place in Church Square every Friday 10am-2pm, and serves as a showcase for artisan makers and food trucks, including the Tex-Mex inspired Blasta Street Kitchen and authentic Spanish fayre from Paelling.
The breath-taking drumlin landscape lends itself to an array of outdoor adventures, from a laid-back round of gold at championship courses, to the thrill of rally driving at Rally School Ireland.
A visit to Rossmore Forest Park is a must – recently named the most popular forest park in the country; Lough Muckno in Castleblayney, meanwhile, is a hub for water sports enthusiasts, with kayaking, SUP and sailing offered by Castleblayney Outdoor Adventure.
The far north of the county offers a change of scenery and pace. The upland bogs of Sliabh Beagh is a haven for flora and fauna and offers hiking and biking trails to suit all levels of fitness. Check out the recently revamped Monaghan Town Greenway, a 4.2km linear route which traverses Monaghan Town and brings you directly out to Rossmore Forest Park.
Award-winning heritage attractions in Monaghan include the Patrick Kavanagh Centre and Trail in the beautiful village of Inniskeen; Carrickmacross Lace, home of the ‘royal lace’, a technique used in the wedding dresses of royalty, including Queen Victoria, Princess Diana and Kate Middleton; and Carrickmacross Workhouse, where an evocative guided tour brings an added dimension to a harrowing period of Irish history.
The monastic town of Clones is another must-see, with its interactive heritage trail covering sites including the ‘Wee Abbey’ and 10th Century Round Tower. The village of Glaslough is another gem, famed for its artisan shops and pubs and fabulous floral displays.
Check out Monaghantourism.com for accommodation offers and more staycation inspiration.