3 Days in Monaghan
After enjoying a hearty breakfast, get a sense of Monaghan’s famously hilly countryside with a morning’s exploration on two wheels. Drumlin Trails offers bike hire for €15 per day, plus child seats, trailers and electric bikes are available for those who prefer a less strenuous ride. They will also give you access to their App, to choose a cycling route that suits your family, starting from 6km right up to 65km for the more active families. Each route is narrated on the App by local historian, Paddy McQuaid, who will share stories as you cycle along!
Top tip: Before you leave the hotel, bring some sweet and savoury treats from the Coffee Dock and have a picnic on route!
A new resident Giant has just moved in to Rossmore Forest Park. A star hit with kids, Roddy Den Drum (geddit?) is the first of 10 Drumlin Giants to be created here. Once the estate of the Rossmore family, walking trails take you past barely-there remnants of their 19th-century castle. Plus, lakes, picnic tables and colourful flowers, making this a magical haven for wildlife and birds. Download the Park’s new app which has a range of walking, cycling and nature trails to follow. Free admission.
After a fun filled day with all the family, return to the Hotel, for a well-earned meal in PK’s Bar & Bistro. We are a family-friendly establishment that includes a comprehensive children’s menu filed with the sort of food they won’t shy away from!
Unleash your sense of adventure with an exhilarating quad bike race at Irish Country Quads! You will be fully trained, before heading on a fun off-road obstacle course through underground tunnels, overhead bridges, water splash runs and muddy ditches. It’s a brilliant bonding family experience in all weather and younger kids can ride with staff, if they wish. For those more comfortable on their own two feet, they also have pigeon shooting, rifle shooting, archery and shuffleboard. Open 8am to late daily, but advance booking is essential.
Only a 5-minute drive away from Irish Country Quads, you will find Riverwalk and Inniskeen Pitch and Putt. It’s the perfect day out for children of all ages and the parents! Clubs, balls, tees and scorecards are all available from the small pro shop, which also sells some refreshments.
For a unique experience, try a meet and greet up close with Alpacas, visit Glaslough Alpacas. The farm is situated in the beautiful rolling Drumlins of Co Monaghan near the picturesque village of Glaslough. It is managed and cared for by Janet Morrison and Annabel Magee. You will get the chance to feed the Alpacas and meet one of the rarest breeds of Alpaca’s, The Suri.
Visit Busy Bees Ceramics, which is a pottery studio where you can learn all about how pottery is made and have a go on the potter’s wheel and decorate your own mug, bowl or plate (The kids will love bringing in their creation to school to show their friends) – a memorable experience for all the family!
After another action-packed day, no doubt you are feeling peckish! Take a short drive into the picturesque village of Glaslough and enjoy some nachos and pizza at Ambledown Cottage. If you fancy a pic’n’mix and some popcorn, pop along to Monaghan Cinema to see one of the latest movie releases!
Castleblayney Outdoor Adventure Centre is located in the beautiful surroundings of Muckno Lake. Take the opportunity to release your inner explorer within Ireland’s Ancient East! Under the guidance of experienced professional instructors, tuition is provided in water-sports such as sailing, stand up paddling, wind-surfing, kayaking/canoeing, as well as a variety of other outdoor activities including orienteering, rope-assisted tree-climbing, cycling and team-building.
They welcome all ages and abilities and encourage all to experience the thrill and challenge of high-quality outdoor learning in a safe, friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
GR8 Indoor Adventure Centre is the perfect place to be on a rainy day. With lots to do for all the family including, climbing frames, go karts, astro turf pitch, crazy golf, arcade games, 10 pin bowling and much more. There is plenty of activities to keep the whole family entertained all afternoon!
Mullaghmore Equestrian Centre has a state-of-the-art purpose-built indoor arena and a natural outdoor arena, giving you the best of both worlds, regardless of the weather. You can also trot along the stunning Sliabh Beagh mountain range. The equestrian centre is run by the McCarra family and they offer lessons for all levels and ages 4 years and up. You are guaranteed a fun-packed experience!
Do you believe in fairies? Erica’s Fairy Forest is open daily and is free to visit!
It’s the happiest place to be! Fairies with their tiny wings, fly from tree to tree. And if you look closely, you might see them flying on a bumblebee.
The sound of birds singing will fill your heart with glee. Full of magical adventures for your family.
End your exciting 3 day trip to Ireland’s Ancient East, with a family meal in one of the restaurants in Monaghan town. Our top picks would be, The Batch Loaf, Neighbourhood or The Squealing Pig Bar & Restaurant.