An experience is a gift that keeps on giving, making priceless memories to cherish for years to come. Monaghan is home to a wealth of sporting, cultural and culinary businesses offering something for every interest – from thrills and spills on the racetrack to a leisurely game of golf in breath-taking surroundings or a sumptuous afternoon tea.

Sporting Experiences in Monaghan

Rally School Ireland in Scotstown has played host to big-name adrenaline junkies, including Michael Fassbender and Colin McRae. Put pedal to the metal around their purpose-built track with a choice of iconic cars, such as the Subaru Impreza Turbo and Porsche 911 Carerra. Prices start from €225pp for a half-day session. There is also a young driver Junior Rally experience (€130pp) and choice of full-day packages. Can’t decide which experience to gift? Why not opt for an open gift voucher instead.

Give the gift of golf from the host of the Monaghan Irish Challenge, Concra Wood. A Christmas 2Ball Voucher valid until the end of March 2022 costs €60.

See the beautiful Inniskeen countryside as you never have before, aboard a quad bike. Irish Country Quads offers vouchers for a choice of outdoor pursuits, also including archery and shuffle board, and the recipient is guaranteed a fun day out. Meanwhile, vouchers for AWOL Outdoor Adventure in the north of the county can be put towards land and water-based activities such as abseiling, paintballing, stand-up paddle-boarding and bouldering.

If you’re looking to explore the great outdoors of the Sliabh Beagh region in north Monaghan, Sliabh Beagh Adventures have gift vouchers available to cover a range of fabulous outdoor activities they have on offer. 

From kayaking and canoeing to sailing and tree-climbing, Castleblayney Outdoor Adventure Centre is based on the shores of Lough Muckno and offers expert tuition in a range of activities both on and off the water. Vouchers can be purchased via their fab new website and make the perfect last-minute gift.

Castle Leslie Estate vouchers are always a hit, with 10% off monetary vouchers currently on offer, plus a special Winter Spring Escape voucher, valid until the end of March 2022 for just €299 for two, including a delicious afternoon tea, an indulgent 30-min treatment at the Victorian Treatment rooms, overnight stay at The Lodge and a full hearty Irish breakfast.

Food Experiences in Monaghan

Afternoon tea is the ultimate indulgence and perfect Irish food gift. Several hotels in Monaghan are offering vouchers, including the Four Seasons Hotel from €18.95 per person; the Hillgrove Hotel, €45 for two; the Nuremore Hotel & Country Club from €24.95, the Shirley Arms Hotel, and afternoon tea with Prosecco at the Creighton Hotel in Clones, €46 for two.

Art & Cultural Experiences in Monaghan

Recreate ’that’ scene from Ghost at Busy Bee Ceramics in Glaslough, the prettiest village in Ireland. A Poterie Pour Deux one-hour session, including your two best pots professionally finished, costs €135. A stone’s throw from Castle Leslie Estate, why not combine with afternoon tea and make a day of it! 

For culture buffs, why not gift a pair of tickets to the new Patrick Kavanagh Centre in Inniskeen, a state-of-the-art visitor experience and performance space, celebrating the life and work of one of Ireland’s most iconic poets. €10 per person. In addition, gifts including Monaghan-made scarves and notebooks from the fantastic new Kavanagh Collection can be purchased in store or online.

Monaghan Hotel & Spa Gifts

Don’t forget there are some seriously tempting deals right now for packages and overnight stays at Monaghan hotels!