Explore the Outdoors

Experiences in Monaghan

From adrenaline-fuelled adventures and fascinating outdoor heritage trails to scenic walks, nature trails and perfect picnic spots, Monaghan is a breath of fresh air, with a wealth of outdoor activities waiting to be experienced.

Knockatallon Looped Walks

The Knockatallon Looped Walks are a series of four looped walks in the Sliabh Beagh hills of north Monaghan, including the Tra, Rock, Bragan and Esh walks.

Rally School Ireland

Rally School Ireland has grown to become Ireland’s premier motorsport facility. The purpose built track is designed not only to test the driver, but the car too.

Drumlin Trails Bike Hire

Drumlin Trails is a Bike Hire business where visitors can drop by, rent a bike for a day, a week and return it after their experience. Drumlin Trails are now offering a variety of interesting trails on which to travel.

Concra Wood Golf & Country Club

The shape and flow of the golf course are perfectly complemented by the natural drumlins that roll across the countryside. This easy rhythm adds to the beauty of the course and its challenges, suitable for novices and high handicappers alike.

Dromore River Guided Tours

Canoeing tours take about 3hrs and start in Lisnalong, and ending in Cootehill. The first half follows the Dromore river along the Cavan/Monaghan border. The second half of the trip is down through Dromore Lough.

Mullaghmore Equestrian Centre

Mullaghmore Equestrian Centre is a family run, AIRE approved centre. It is in a picturesque quiet location in the countryside just four miles north of Monaghan town beside the beautiful Sliabh Beagh Mountains.

Rossmore Forest Park

A wonderful Play-Park for children and a Giant Sculpture trail are some of the newest additions to the park.

Lough Muckno Leisure Park

Lough Muckno Leisure Park

Lough Muckno Leisure Park in Castleblayney was originally part of the estate of the Blayney family from whom the town of Castleblayney takes its name.

Dartrey Forest

Dartrey Forest, was formerly the estate of the Dawson family. It is currently managed by Coillte as a commercial forest. The Forest is bordered by a Famine wall which stretches half way along the road from Cootehill to Rockcorry.

Sliabh Beagh Way

There are several walking routes in the Sliabh Beagh area, 36 looped walks throughout the Sliabh Beagh region, all of which are way-marked and vary in length from 4km – 15km.

Hollywood Lake

This small, lakeside park has the following facilities: nature walks, children’s playground, picnic areas etc. Swimming, boating and fishing are also possible here. 

Ballybay Walking Trails

The Town Park is located just off the Castleblayney Road out of Ballybay, right on the shore of Lough Major. 

Ballybay Wetland Walks

Located just outside the town of Ballybay, on the Clones Road. There area number of scenic walks through the 65 acres of wetlands.

Rossmore Playpark & Giants

Rossmore Forest Park boasts a new adventure playpark which is suitable for children up to 12 years of age. There is a variety of play equipment in the park including swings, zip lines, climbing frames and see-saws.

Carrickmacross Walking Loops

Five great walks in a beautiful market Town on the ancient route from Leinster into Ulster. Town, Avenue & Lakeside Walk

Kingfisher Cycle Trail

The Kingfisher route is mapped and signposted through counties Cavan, Donegal, Fermanagh, Leitrim and Monaghan. Clones is an entry point on the trail.

Sliabh Beagh Cycling

Sliabh Beagh is a mountainous area straddling the border between County Monaghan in the Republic of Ireland and County Fermanagh and County Tyrone in Northern Ireland.

Ulster Canal Trail

The Ulster Canal Trail is a 77km linear cycle trail between Maghery, Co Armagh and Clones, Co Monaghan. The trail travels through a rich scenic tapestry of lowland lakes and rushing rivers.

Ulster Canal Greenway

The Greenway contains a mix of rural and urban landscapes and is designed to accommodate pedestrians and cyclists. It is graded as an ‘easy’ route, suitable for the moderately fit, and is accessible to wheelchair users.

Mannan Castle Golf Club

Nestling in the drumlins of South County Monaghan, Mannan Castle Golf Club is an 18 hole parkland course set in the tranquil surroundings of the 12th Century Mannan Castle

Clones Golf Club

Clones Golf Club, established in 1913, is located at Hilton Park, 2.5 miles from Clones. The golf course boasts a 20 hole course over approximately 155 acres of rolling parklands.

Rossmore Golf Club

This quality 18 hole golf course is of championship standard. The course is one of the driest courses in Ireland and is playable all year round and visitors are assured the warmest of welcomes. 

Nuremore Golf & Country Club

Nuremore Golf club has been described as one of the most picturesque parkland golf courses in Ireland. The 18 hole Championship golf course is set in tranquil surroundings and rolling drumlins.

Castle Leslie Equestrian Centre

Castle Leslie Estate offers an idyllic setting for outdoor activity and adventure. It is the perfect place to discover the thrill of exploring the beautiful Irish countryside on horseback. Riders of all ability are welcome.

AWOL Adventure

AWOL Adventure have been thrilling the nation for over 10 years with a varity of Outdoor Activities. Located on the banks of the river Blackwater in North County Monaghan we are ideally situated to cater for all your Outdoor Activity needs.

Tanagh Outdoor Education & Training Centre

Tanagh Outdoor Education and Training Centre is situated on the border of counties Monaghan and Cavan. The centre provides a range of water-based and land-based adventure activities that will challenge your group both mentally and physically.

Cloncaw Equestrian Centre

Cloncaw Equestrian Centre in Glaslough offers a safe environment with fully qualified instructors to take care of riders and make learning a positive experience.

Sliabh Beagh Adventures

Sliabh Beagh Adventures helps you destress and unwind by facilitating a range of outdoor activities and adventure on Sliabh Beagh. Sliabh Beagh is an area of upland heath and blanket bog that straddles the border between counties Monaghan, Fermanagh and Tyrone.
Castleblayney Outdoor Adventure Centre

Castleblayney Outdoor Adventure Centre

Castleblayney Outdoor Adventure Centre is located in the beautiful surroundings of Muckno Lake and wooded parklands. The Centre is ideally located to suit the many water sports and outdoor activities programmes on offer.

Irish Country Quads

Quad biking to suit all ages and your course is chosen to suit your ability. The trail includes underground tunnels, overhead bridges, water splash run, tight corners, bumpy ground and muddy ditches.

Mourne Clay Shooting Ground

Mourne Shooting Grounds is located in the Lough Egish area of County Monaghan. It is open to all ages and caters for every level of the sport, from novice to professional.

Emy Lough

Emy Lough offers a variety of recreational amenities for visitors to enjoy, including swimming, newly developed beach/play area for children, fishing facilities, picnic area and 4km looped lakeside nature walk.

Inniskeen Pitch and Putt

One of the oldest clubs of its kind in Ireland, the Inniskeen Pitch and Putt Club has built a great reputation for itself during its rich history. The name – Inniskeen – come from the name of the village it lies in and means peaceful island

Billy Fox Memorial Park

Senator Billy Fox Memorial Park covers an area of approximately 6.3 hectares and is located in Bawn, Co. Monaghan on the Cavan Monaghan border. The park consists mainly of old broadleaf woodland and a few open areas of lawn ideal for a picnic.

Derrygorry/Favour Royal Forest

Derrygorry/Favour Royal Forest is situated approximately 15km north of Monaghan Town, the two woodlands are part of one forest that lies beside one another on both sides of the border. Scenic walking trails and picnic areas are available here.

Peter’s Lake, Monaghan

This lake, in the centre of Monaghan town, is a beautiful amenity area with walks, seating areas, angling stands and a waterfall feature in the lake.

Town Park, Ballybay

Lough Major is situated in the town centre of Ballybay and the Town Park has parking facilities, picnic areas, toilets, walking trails, football/basketball court, outdoor gym, fishing stands and an inclusive playground.