3 Days in Monaghan: For Couples
After enjoying a hearty breakfast, get a sense of Monaghan’s picturesque countryside with a morning exploration to Lough Muckno Leisure Park. Follow the forest trails or enjoy the spectacular views overlooking the lake. Did you know Lough Muckno is also a hit with fishermen! If you are feeling adventurous this morning, contact Lough Muckno Waterski and Wakeboard Club, for some fun-filled activities on the lake.
About half an hour’s drive from Lough Muckno, you will find the beautiful, unspoilt, magical village of Glaslough. Monaghan County Council, have developed a free heritage self-guided visitor experience app, which starts in the heart of Glaslough Village. You will hear stories about the villagers and the Leslie dynasty, while following a 2km trail passing by local landmarks. Did you know this village has been home to many famous people, such as Dukes, Footballers and Actresses! While touring the village, be sure to stop by Glaslough Chocolates– you can thank us later!
Chocolatier Trish Murphy-Thom, uses all local produce with the honey sourced from less than a mile away and uses the freshest Monaghan cream and butter- our mouths are watering writing this!
We also highly recommend that you take a pottery class with Brenda at Busy Bee Ceramics– souvenir from your trip to Monaghan.
Spend the afternoon indulging in absolute luxury at the 5 star Castle Leslie Estate. The Castle was the venue for the Beatles Paul McCartney’s wedding to Heather Mills. After you have explored the Estate, sit back and indulge in a selection of elegant savouries and homemade sweet treats, with Afternoon Tea (pre-booking essential). Seated in the dining room overlooking the lake, you will be treated like a King and Queen, as they give guests a true ‘old world’ experience. There is also a world class Equestrian Centre on the Estate, which caters for all levels and ages.
After a day of exploring, return to the hotel for a bite to eat in The Brasserie. If you are a whiskey lover, we recommend trying out our whiskey-tasting board, which contains three of our favourite whiskeys.
Begin the day, with a trip to Monaghan Country Museum. The museum covers the history of the county from over 10,000 years ago, right up to today. It’s free admission and the museum showcases a number of archaeology artefacts that have some interesting stories to tell. Our favourite exhibition is the remains of an RAF Spitfire fighter aircraft, which crashed into a field in Co Monaghan during the second World War.
After perhaps sampling a cocktail or two last night in PK’s Bistro, it is time to find out about PK himself at the Patrick Kavanagh Centre. Situated in a beautiful old church in the nearby village of Inniskeen, your trip to Monaghan would not be complete without a visit here. The centre recounts the life and work of one of Ireland’s best-loved poets and provides a performance tour of ‘Kavanagh Country’, which takes in local sites immortalised by Kavanagh – with anecdotes, historical facts, wild rumours and even the odd poem recited along the way.
Only a stone’s throw away from the birthplace of Patrick Kavanagh in Inniskeen, you will find Brehon Brewhouse, which is situated on a full-time dairy farm. It’s a must stop for any craft beer lovers! Founded by Dairy Farmer Seamus McMahon, you can get a full tour of the Brewery and Farm. You will get to see the milking parlour and meet the herd which supplies the cream for the famous Baileys liqueur. You will also get to taste the beer, where all the brewing, bottling and capping is done by hand! Pre-booking is essential.
Looking for some outdoor fun and adventure, well then Irish Country Quads is the place for you! Take a tour riding through their highly skilled, purpose-built obstacle courses. If you prefer not to go Quad Biking, you can choose from other fun activities such as, clay pigeon shooting, archery, shuffleboard and air rifle shooting. They’re open all year and activities are suitable for all levels. Pre-booking essential.
After your day gallivanting, it’s time to sit back and relax! Right in the heart of Monaghan Town, you will find The Squealing Pig Bar and Restaurant. A popular place for locals, you can dine in their modern bar or on the second floor, you will find Porky’s Restaurant, which has a more intimate atmosphere, producing local fresh culinary delights.
After enjoying a hearty breakfast, it’s time to take out your hiking shoes and head for Sliabh Beagh. Before you leave the hotel, be sure to stop by the Coffee Dock for some yummy treats for your backpack- you will thank us later! Be warned to also wear warm clothes for this hike. Sitting at the foot of Sliabh Beagh, you will find a tourism centre. Here should be your first stop for some maps and local knowledge, as they are 36 looped walks you can take, varying from 4km-15km. You will see plenty of wildlife on route and if you manage to take on the challenge to make it to the top of Sliabh Beagh, you will enjoy panoramic views of Monaghan, Tyrone and Fermanagh.
Carrickmacross workhouse was one of 130 Workhouses built throughout Ireland between 1841 and 1843, to house the poor. Successful applicants had to surrender any land before entering as Workhouse ‘inmates’, where they were subjected to a strict regime. Now it is one of the few remaining Irish Workhouses to be lovingly and carefully restored. Carrickmacross Workhouse is open for 1 hour tours at 11.30am and 2.30pm, Monday to Friday. Saturday and Sunday guided tours available by appointment.
Carrickmacross Lace Gallery specialises in traditional handmade lace, dating back to 1820. This style of delicate lace, became world famous when Princess Diana and The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton had their wedding dress made out of it. Workshops can also be arranged if booked in advance. You can even purchase some lace; they have several different sizes to match all budgets- that’s the presents for home sorted!
When the stomach starts rumbling again, head for the award-winning Batch Loaf Restaurant. This is an exciting new restaurant in the heart of Monaghan, a unique culinary experience that blends traditional dishes with modern contemporary dining.