Best outdoor spots for families in Monaghan


There’s plenty for families to do in Monaghan when it comes to outdoor activities and places to visit with our children. We have put together this guide for you with some of our ideas on what you can do while school is out or for when leaping through that window of opportunity when we’re lucky enough to experience a dry spell! Here are some suggestions for the best outdoor spots for families in Monaghan.

Billy Fox Memorial Park, Latton, Bawn

Ideal for walks and picnics

Hollywood Park Scotstown

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

Lough Muckno Leisure Park, Castleblaney

There’s plenty to do here with walking trails, a waterski & wakeboarding club, fishing, nature walks and a picnic area.

Rossmore Forest Park

Rossmore Forest Park near Monaghan Town has forest and lakeside walks, nature trails with viewing points, picnic areas. Car parking available.

Derrygorry/Favour Royal Forest, Emyvale/Clara

Each household in the country has its own special tree grown here. A certificate for each family was issued telling them where their tree is growing.

Knockatallon Looped Walk

The walks here range from 6 to 10 kilometres in length; two of which are on quiet country roads that are suitable for all abilities.

The best places for cycling in Monaghan are really part of longer routes but you can take the bikes along and join the route for part of the way:

Sliabh Beagh Cycle Trails Knockatallon

There are 5 signed cycle routes in the Sliabh Beagh region, varying in length from 18 to 37 miles.

The Ulster Canal Trail, Clones

A 77km linear cycle trail between Maghery, Co Armagh and Clones, Co Monaghan.

Kingfisher Cycle Trail, Clones

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

Bragan Mountain near Knockatallon

Bragan Mountain – The Bragan Walk includes several quiet picnic areas. Start off at the parking bay 4km from the main trailhead at the Sliabh Beagh Hotel, which is also the trailhead for the Rock and Esh walks. Turning left from here you will walk 0.7km before reaching the main loop that can be walked in either direction.

Hollywood Scotstown, Playground

Hollywood Scotstown Playground – The playground here is a reasonably good one as is Monaghan Town Killygowan.

A list of council playgrounds can be found here.

Article written by Martina from Scotstown

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