48 Hours in Monaghan
48 hours in Monaghan: Family Magic & lovely Irish food
Monaghan offers a host of things to do and fun for the family within a short drive of the Hillgrove Hotel.
With over 7 hours of complimentary kids club activities we’re sure you’ll find plenty to do but if you want to venture a little bit further we have some suggestions for you….
After enjoying a buffet style breakfast for all the family why not Get a sense of Monaghan’s famously hilly topography with a morning’s exploration on two wheels. Drumlin Trails, in Emyvale, offers bike and electric bike hire (a cinch on those hill climbs) alongside an app with scenic routes from 6km to 65km. Click your screen to enjoy a narrative by local amateur historian, Paddy McQuaid, revealing each route’s secrets.
How: drumlintrails.com; bike hire from €15 per day (electric bikes from €35). Child seats and trailers available.
Step back in time at Monaghan County Museum, where a Monaghan Spitfire exhibition centres around life on the border during World War II, and the RAF aircraft that plunged into an Emyvale field in 1942. The collection of eye witness reports, artefacts, historical documents, weapons and local memorabilia will fascinate all ages.
How: monaghan.ie/museum, open Mon-Fri, 11am-5pm and Sat 12-5pm. Free entry
Head to Carrickmacross Workhouse, one of 130 poorhouses built across Ireland in the 1840s. One of only a few that’s been restored, a tour here reveals the realities of life for 2,000 destitute men, women and children ‘inmates’.
How: €6pp (one-hour tours); Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm.
Unleash your sense of adventure with an exhilarating quad biking session. With a 100pc safety record, the pros at Irish Country Quads train you thoroughly before taking you out on a fun off-road obstacle course on this all-terrain vehicle. It’s a brilliant bonding experience in all weather and younger kids can ride with staff, if they wish.
How: irishcountryquads.com offers a range of activities, including quad biking from €45pp for a 1-hour session; €30 for under-12s.
Rossmore Forest Park, just outside Monaghan Town, has a new resident giant that the kids will love. Roddy Den Drum (geddit?) is the first of 10 Drumlin Giants to be created here. Once the estate of the Rossmore family, trails take you past barely-there remnants of their 19th-century castle. Colourful azaleas and rhododendrons, a yew walk, picnic tables and lakes make it a haven for wildlife and birds.
How: coillteoutdoors.ie; 8am-4pm (winter); free.
Sam Moore Open Farm
Sam Moore Open Farm is located only a few minutes outside Monaghan town and is the perfect location for a family day out, birthday or party venue. Open 7 days
Travelling from Monaghan town out the Clones rd, turn left sign posted for Threemilehouse and Newbliss. Travel through Threemilehouse village out the Newbliss road and you will find the farm entrance located on the left.
Sam Moore Open Farm have lots of friendly farm animals that love to see all the children come to visit. We have goats, pigs, sheep, lambs, cows, donkeys, ponies, hens, ducks and chickens, rabbits, turkeys, emu and alpacas.
There is so much to see and do from Fairy Trails, Vintage Cars & an Old Forge.
We have tractors, bikes and go karts, a zip line and lots of seating areas to enjoy a picnic or BBQ.
Finish it off with a hearty meal in PK’s Bistro