10am – Sliabh Beagh Walk
Sliabh Beagh Tourism Centre, sitting at the foot of Sliabh Beagh Hills. Here you will discover the finest examples of blanket bog in Ireland with its native range of beautiful flora and fauna. You can take on the challenge of walking to Sliabh Beagh’s highest point while enjoying spectacular panoramic views of Counties Monaghan, Tyrone and Fermanagh along the way or opt for a short family ramble along one of the 36 loop walks that meander throughout the area. Fishing and horse-riding are also catered for locally. Discover more here!
2pm – Mullaghmore Equestrian Centre
Mullaghmore Equestrian Centre is set in our picturesque countryside, just four miles north of Monaghan town beside the beautiful Sliabh Beagh Mountains. The horses and ponies are of a quiet disposition catering for all skill levels, from beginners to pro horse-riding champs. No summer like this one to get back out in the fresh air and get in the saddle!
Evening time – PK’s Bistro
After your day galavanting around Monaghan, it’s time to put up your feet and enjoy some well deserved refreshments at PK’s Bistro. Dig into our delicious menu and sip on cooling pints. Sounds like the perfect summer holiday night out, doesn’t it?
10am – Patrick Kavanagh Centre
After last night’s dinner in our 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. For opening times, visit their website here.
2pm – Glaslough Village & Chocolate Company
Nestled in the quaint and beautiful historic village of Glaslough in County Monaghan, Chocolatier Trish Murphy-Thom uses only natural flavours and ingredients. From Belgian chocolate, to a delicious selection of handmade truffles and chocolate hearts, taste them all to pick your favourites. Before spending an afternoon strolling around the cute village of Glaslough to burn off those calories! Discover more on Glaslough Chocolate Company’s Facebook Page here.
4pm – Carrickmascross Lace Gallery
At the Carrickmacross Lace Gallery you will hear the fascinating story of the beautiful lace which adorned Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge’s stunning wedding dress. The story began in the 1820s with a determined woman named Mrs Grey Porter who began teaching the local women appliqué so that they could earn a living. Made by the poor for the rich and famous, the exquisite lace became increasingly popular. However, Kate was not the first royal to wear Carrickmacross Lace, the sleeves of Princess Diana’s famous wedding dress were also trimmed with it! Today, the exquisite lace is still handworked by passionate craftswomen in the town.