Cycle through the glorious, unspoilt countryside of North Monaghan, uncovering hidden history as you go. Drumlin Trails bike hire offers e-bike and regular bike hire, as well as kids’ seats and trailers.
Local historian, Paddy McQuaid, has devised a series of trails, suitable for all fitness levels, and can provide expert guidance on the best routes to take.
We highly recommend a visit to Emy Lough where you can park up the bikes and head out on foot on the 4km looped walk, or head to the beach area for a paddle!
St Peters Tin Tabernacle
A hidden gem nestled in the village of Laragh, St. Peter’s Tin Tabernacle would not look out of place in the Swiss Alps – a curious tin church faithfully restored by the local community and now used for community events and concerts.
Be sure to pack a picnic and settle yourself at one of the picnic benches stream-side, and enjoy an amble through the beautiful countryside afterwards.
Adventures on Sliabh Beagh
Head out to the wilds of Sliabh Beagh in North Monaghan, where Sliabh Beagh Adventures are on hand with information and advice on how to get the most from this beautiful upland bog area. They offer everything from walking trails and orienteering to bike hire, with maps, safety gear and child seats provided, as necessary.
Look out for native wildlife including the hen harrier, curlew and marsh fritillary butterfly.
Rally School Ireland
Families with a sense of adventure will enjoy tooling around at Rally School Ireland. It is one of the leading motorsports facilities in Ireland, and activities take place under the expert guidance of David Smyth and his team.
Suitable for those aged 10 years and up, activities include; an adrenaline-fueled rally, supercar and drifting experiences on the purpose-built track in the beautiful surroundings of Scotstown.
Ballybay Town Park
Ballybay Town Park overlooks the gorgeous Lough Major. Here you will find an excellent playground and trails suitable for scooters and smaller children learning how to ride a bike.
Grab a bite to eat from one of the food trucks, who are there during the holiday season and at weekends out of season, or pop into town for a bite to eat at Dinkin’s, an award-winning local bakery chain.
The park also boasts:
- Picnic tables
- Outdoor gym equipment
- A football/basketball court
Family Friendly Hotels in Monaghan
There is a wide choice of accommodation for families who want to explore Monaghan at their leisure. These include guest houses, self-catering options and hotels to suit all budgets. Here are 3 great family friendly picks for you.
The 4 Seasons Hotel
A warm welcome awaits families at The 4 Seasons Hotel in Monaghan Town. Prices for a night’s stay in a Family Suite, including breakfast and access to the award-winning 4Fit Leisure Club and pool start from just €150 per family per night.
The Hillgrove Hotel
The Hillgrove Hotel, also in Monaghan Town offers:
- Kids club facilities
- Cinema room
- Swimming Pool
Prices for a family room start from €155, including full Irish breakfast and complimentary use of the swimming pool.
Nuremore Hotel & Country Club
The 4-star Nuremore Hotel & Country Club in Carrickmacross is the perfect base to explore all Monaghan has to offer.
Family breaks start from €199 per family for B&B, including a 2-course evening meal for the grown-ups. Prices are based on a family of four (2 adults, 2 children) sharing.
We hope you are inspired to put Monaghan on your family bucket list of places to visit and explore in Ireland.
For itineraries, activity suggestions, heritage sites, free things to do and more places to dine and stay, Monaghan Tourism has everything you need to plan the perfect trip.