“Rolling Hills, For more information contact
Waterways & Lakelands ”
Leitrim Tourist Office The Old Barrel Store Carrick-on-Shannon Co. Leitrim, Ireland Tel: 071 9620170 Fax: 071 9120089 Website: www.leitrimtourism.com Cavan Tourist Office Farnham Street Cavan, Ireland Tel: 049 4331942 Website: www.cavantourism.com
This guide is designed as an aid to the touring motorist’s enjoyment of the counties, Cavan, Leitrim, and Monaghan.
Monaghan Tourist Office 6 Castlemeadow Court Monaghan, Ireland Tel: (047) 81122 Website: www.monaghantourism.com Note: These tourist offices operate seasonally from May to October
For more information on Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan please contact: North West Tourism, Temple Street, Sligo, Ireland Tel: (071) 9161201 Fax: (071) 9160360 Web: www.ireland-northwest.travel.ie
Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan
County Map .................................... 5 Wild Rose Tour................................. 6 Lough Allen Tour ............................. 8 Shannon Tour ................................ 10 Contacts ......................................... 12
Cavan ........................................ 13 County Map .................................. 15 Cavan Way Tour ............................ 16 Lough Oughter Tour ...................... 18 East Cavan Tour ............................ 20 Contacts ......................................... 22
Monaghan .............................. 23 County Map .................................. 25 Central Monaghan Tour .............. 26 Kavanagh Tour ............................. 28 Glasslough Tour............................. 30 Contacts ......................................... 32 1
â€œ Rolling Hills, Waterways & Lakelands
Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan offer the touring motorist the wonders and splendours of Lakelands, Waterways and Rolling hillsides. From the shores of the Atlantic ocean to gently lapping lakes each county has an individual charm, yet when combined they offer some of the most exciting and challenging countryside Ireland has to offer the touring motorist. 2
invites you to take a closer look â€?
Leitrim Leitrim provides a haven from the pressures associated with modern life. Surrounded by six counties and a variety of landscapes it is an ideal touring base with a wealth of natural charm and amenities galore. Europeâ€™s longest inland waterways, the Shannon-Erne and the River Shannon meander through this county. These waterways, surrounded by many lakes, provide an opportunity to leave terra firma behind and allow someone else to take the helm. So why not watch the countryside slip by and relax aboard a luxurious waterbus? Daily excursion boat trips operate from Ballinamore, Carrick-onShannon and Dromahair regardless of the weather. Absorb the beauty, tranquility and folklore of Leitrim - waterbus style. Observing the county from a different angle has never been easier with mounts to suit every rider on varied terrain. Trekking and equestrian centres are situated at Ballinamore, Dromod and Drumshanbo. Quiet country lanes and roadways are equally suited to companions of the inanimate variety with two cycle trails - the Kingfisher Trail and the Tour de Humbert, to follow. Those wishing to remain on their own two feet will find many alternative challenges. Hikers and walkers may explore a myriad of beauty spots, climb Sliabh an Iarainn - the Iron mountain - with its slopes and steep upper reaches, walk the sweeping Glens of North Leitrim, or opt for one of the more leisurely town trails or those along the Shannon-Erne Waterway. Golfers can enjoy the stunning scenery while tackling one of Irelandâ€™s finest challenging 18 hole golf course at Carrickon- Shannon, or rise to challenge of Ballinamoreâ€™s 9 hole golf course, bound by the Shannon-Erne on two fronts, adding to the difficulty of many shots. This ancient county is guaranteed to awaken the interest of all latent historians. Heritage Centres celebrate its history with audio-visuals of the locale. Parkes Castle, situated on the shores of Lough Gill, is a must-see attraction. Alternatively, visit an Open Farm with the kids, discover your Leitrim roots at Ballinamore Genealogical Centre or potter around the Organic Centre in Rossinver to mention just a few attractions. So come on, take a bike, take a car and above all, take your time!
Leitrim County Map
Manorhamilton, Dromahair, Parke’s Castle, Glencar Waterfall, Lurganboy, Lough Glenade, Kinlough, Tullaghan, Bundoran, Rossinver, Kiltyclogher, Glenfarne.
Wild Rose Tour
MANORHAMILTON is North Leitrim’s friendly, picturesque capital and the North Leitrim Glens Visitor Centre is an information hub for tourists, also worth a visit is the Leitrim Sculpture Centre. There is an interesting Town Trail in place and Milltown wood is nearby.
DROMAHAIR A picturesque village situated beside the river Bonet, Dromahair still has many remnants from an historic past. Visitors can follow the town trail or walk along the river bank to the ruins of Creevylea Abbey and beyond or relax in Dromahair’s own Health Farm. The drive from Dromahair to Parkes Castle beside the shores of Lough Gill provides a fine example of Leitrim’s breathtaking scenery. PARKE’S CASTLE was restored using 17th century building techniques. There are guided tours, multi-lingual slide shows and another interesting feature is a traditional blacksmithing forge. The Wild Rose Waterbus operates on Lough Gill and offers enjoyable and informative excursions. GLENCAR WATERFALL, situated 11km west of Manorhamilton, is wonderfully scenic and was immortalised by William Butler Yeats in his poem "The Stolen Child". There are picnic facilities provided. LURGANBOY, located just beyond Manorhamilton, has a good cross section of walks through the woodlands of Ballyglass and Cranny. LOUGH GLENADE is situated in the spectacular Glenade Valley where the rarefied ecosystem produces an abundance of flora and fauna. It is a proven haven of interest to environmentalists and casual visitors alike.
KINLOUGH is the renowned location of Ross Friary where the 17th c. Annals of the Kingdom of Ireland were compiled by the Four Masters. Kinlough Folk Museum contains an original public bar, traditional furniture, newspaper cuttings and farm implements. Visitors can follow a lovely walk from the village to the shores of Lough Melvin.
TULLAGHAN Tucked between the counties of Sligo and Donegal, Tullaghan features Leitrim’s 4 km coastline on which a 9/10th c. Cross stands.
BUNDORAN has entertainment for everyone and is one of Ireland’s top seaside holiday resorts. Waterworld is a major family attraction.
ROSSINVER is an ideal walking location. The Organic Centre is a haven for organic farming and gardening enthusiasts and is well worth a visit. A 9thc. Grave slab lies in Rossinver Church yard and Lisdarush Iron Age Fort is nearby.
KILTYCLOGHER Sean Mac Diarmada, one of the leaders of the 1916 Rising, was born here in 1884 and his cottage is now open to visitors. There is a great tradition of music in the area and the Michael Shanley Traditional weekend takes place in August. Prince Connell’s Grave, a passage grave dating from the 2nd millennium, is situated nearby.
GLENFARNE Forest Park is criss-crossed with woodland walks and scenic views abound. There are picnic facilities provided.
Wild Rose Tour Map
Drumshanbo, Ballinaglera, Dowra, Drumkeerin, Tarmon.
Lough Allen Tour
DRUMSHANBO is surrounded by mountains and lakes. The Sliabh-an-Iarainn Visitors Centre provides an audio-visual history of Leitrim, an area renowned for traditional music. All Historic and nature trails are sign-posted and there are guide books available locally. The excellent facilities at the Acres Lake Amenity Area include a heated swimming pool, tennis courts and a childrens play area. Moorlands Equestrian Centre is situated just outside the town on the Dowra road and has excellent facilities.
BALLINAGLERA The Lough Allen Advenure Centre offers a variety of activities including canoeing, windsurfing, hillwalking, and horse riding and is an exciting way for individuals or families to spend an afternoon. St. Aodh’s Holy well was named after the patron saint of Ballinaglera, founder of Inishmagrath Island church, a magnificent monastery, school and seminary. The Four Masters recorded his death in the year 523. An ancient stone sweathouse commonly used in former times to cure rheumatism, sciatica, aches and pains, stands on the Drumshanbo to Ballinaglera road
DOWRA The River Shannon source is located at the Shannon Pot, 152 m above sea level on Cuilcagh Mountain near Dowra. Meandering 214 miles through Lough Allen across the central plain to Loop Head in Co. Clare and eventually the Atlantic, it is the longest river in Ireland. Dowra is a walkers paradise as the Miners, The Leitrim and The Cavan Ways all meander through the area. DRUMKEERIN Traditional life is recreated at the Heritage Centre which has a model Irish cottage, farmyard, sweathouse, and agricultural machinery. The adjacent Donald Fidgeon Resource Centre depicts Drumkeerin’s part in the 1798 Rebellion.
TARMON Abbey was founded by the O’Rourke family. This ancient building stands in ruins amidst graves and tombstones on Lough Allen’s shore. It is named Church of the Currachs as monks travelled to and from it by boat. A memorial honouring the flautist John McKenna for his contribution to music and culture stands at Tarmon Roman Catholic Church beside Tent, the townland of his birth. Lavagh forest is nearby.
Lough Allen Tour Map
Carrick-on-Shannon, Leitrim Village, Keshcarrigan, Ballinamore, Carrigallen, Mohill/Lough Rynn, Rooskey, Dromod, Drumsna, Jamestown.
The Shannon Tour
CARRICK-ON-SHANNON is renowned for its watersport and
leisure activities. Visitors can discover fascinating historic buildings including Europe’s smallest Chapel on the town trail. Remember to leave time to browse around the town’s colourful Market Yard which incorporates the Leitrim Design House. Moon River Boat excursions are very popular and are a great way to relax and enjoy the scenery. Carrick-on-Shannon Golf course (18-hole) is one of the most scenic in Ireland and Lough Key Forest Park is also nearby.
LEITRIM VILLAGE Leitrim village is the gateway to the Shannon – Erne waterway, the village has an excellent reputation with the tidy towns competition. KESHCARRIGAN Sheemore and Sheebeg Mountain are both steeped in folklore and history. A passage grave dated c.3000 BC exists on Sheemore and a dolmen is located at Lough Scur. ClayPigeon Shooting is available locally. BALLINAMORE Genealogical Centre, Museum and Library provide a professional, ancestry tracing service. Swan Island Open Farm on the Shannon Erne Waterway boasts a fine playground, marina and picnic area. It runs steak BBQ parties and ceilí excursions with the Sliabh-an-Iarainn Sunset Riverbus which operates trips on Garadice Lake and the Shannon Erne Waterway. Follow the town trail if you’re interested in a gentle stroll or play a nice round of golf on the scenic 9-hole course.
CARRIGALLEN is set amidst the beautiful Erne Lakes System. St Patrick’s Holy Well is worth a visit and is well sign-posted. The Corn Mill Theatre and Arts Centre guarantees a varied programme of entertainment. The Teach Duchais Museum is open on Sunday afternoons.
MOHILL/LOUGH RYNN Lough Rynn Estate contains 100 acres of rare woodland and exotic, walled ornamental gardens dating from 1859. In Mohill, O’Carolan’s Statue acknowledges the very last of the Irish Bards. ROOSKEY AND DROMOD are lively towns which nestle on the banks of the river Shannon. Dromod has been a Tidy Town and County winner over the past 22 years. Steam-train excursions are available at the Cavan and Leitrim Narrow Gauge Railway and the workshop there is also of interest. Hayden’s Equestrian Centre is nearby and trekking is available over quiet moorlands.
DRUMSNA The pre 338 BC, Iron Age Doon of Drumsna enclosing 100 ha. of fortified land is discernible from Corlara Bridge at Jamestown. Novelist, Anthony Trollope lived at Drumsna and Kilmore born Surgeon Major Thomas Heazle Parke, Chief Medical Officer on Congo marches, was the first European to discover the source of the Nile in 1888. There are three signposted walks in the village. JAMESTOWN An original town gate stands in the 16thc. fortified wall and Friary which gained its Royal Charter from James I. Ruins of the Franciscan Friary are indicated by a Stone Cross.
The Shannon Tour Map
Contacts Carrick-on-Shannon Tourist Office The Quays, Carrick-on-Shannon Tel: 071 96 20170, Fax: 071 9620089
The Organic Centre Rossinver Tel: 071 98 54338, Fax: 071 98 54343
Swan Island Open Farm Tel: 049 4333065 Mobile: 087 2605102
Ballinamore Golf Club Tel: 071 96 44346
Lough Key Forest Park North West Tourism Authority Tel: 071 96 67037 Áras Reddan, Temple Street, Sligo Waterworld Bundoran Tel: 071 91 61201, Fax: 071 91 60360 Tel: 071 98 41172, Fax: 071 98 42168 Sliabh an Iarainn Sunset Cruise Sliabh-an-Iarainn Hillwalking Tel: 071 96 44079 Tel/Fax: 071 96 41569 Fax: 071 96 45135 North Leitrim Glens Centre Moon River Pleasure Cruiser Tel: 071 98 55833, Fax: 071 98 56063 Tel: 071 96 21777 Fax: 071 96 21630 Kingfisher Cycle Trail Tel: 048 66 320121 Wild Rose Water bus Fax: 048 66 325511 Tel: 071 9664266 Mobile: 087 2598869 Tour de Humbert Cycling Trail Tel: 071 96 20170 Parkes Castle Tel: 071 96 64149 Hayden’s Equestrian Centre Tel: 071 96 38049, Fax: 071 96 38696 Cavan/Leitrim Railway Tel/Fax: 071 96 38599 Moorlands Equestrian Centre Tel: 071 96 41500, Fax: 071 96 41095 Manorhamilton Castle Heritage Centre/Cullen Lodge Museum Carrick-on-Shannon Golf Club Tel: 072 55249 Tel: : 071 96 67015
Sliabh an Iarainn Visitor Centre Tel: 071 96 41522 Drumkeerin Heritage Centre Tel: 071 96 48353 Kinlough Folk Museum Tel: 071 91 66296 Sean MacDiarmada Cottage Tel: 071 98 53249
Lough Allen Adventure Centre Tel: 071 96 43292 Carrick Swimming Pool Tel: 071 96 21400 Ballinamore Sports Complex Tel: 071 96 4207 Clay Pigeon Shooting Tel: 071 96 42252, Fax: 071 96 42059
The Sculpture Centre Ballinamore Genealogical Tel: 071 98 55098, Fax: 071 98 55230 Centre and Museum Tel: 071 96 44012, Fax: 071 96 44425 Ard Na Hoo Health Farm Tel: +353-71-9134939 Teach Dúchais Museum, Carrigallen The Leitrim Design House Tel: 049 4333340 Tel: 071 96 50550 Corn Mill Theatre & Arts Centre Tel/Fax: 049 4339612
â€œA romantic county.
A land of great lakes. â€?
Cavan County Cavan in the historic province of Ulster has long been considered a centre of civilisation and celtic spirituality. It is endowed with many sacred and symbolic sites. Located 70 miles northwest of Dublin on the N3 and 84 miles southwest of Belfast on the M1 motorway, Cavan is easily accessible and is becoming increasingly popular for holidays and short breaks. Commonly known now as the ‘Lake Country’, Cavan has an enviable reputation for its number of lakes of national and international renown. The county is the source of two of Ireland's great river systems, the Shannon, which rises in the Cuilcagh Mountains and the Erne, in Lough Gowna. Other noted lakes such as Lough Oughter, Lough Sheelin, Lough Gowna and the Upper and Lower Erne offer the angler and cruiser alike an unrivalled choice in Europe. Little wonder that Cavan is now an established venue for National and International fishing competitions. The unspoilt beauty of Cavan is typified in the rivers and lakes and the drumlin landscape and mountains of West Cavan. The riverside towns and villages are ideal touring bases from which to explore the natural amenities which are so special to the ‘Lake Country’. Throughout the year, there are many events centred around music and arts where you can engage in the Cavan way of life. The Percy French Festival, Killeshandra Festival of the Lakes, Ballyjamesduff Pork Festival, Cootehill Arts Festival and the Lady of the Erne in Belturbet are just a taste of what is on offer. A proud County with strong links to it's historical past, Cavan's many towns and villages retain and portray a history and tradition of times long past. The Cultural and Exhibition centres including the County Museum and Genealogical Centre provide an opportunity for visitors to step back in time and reflect on the unique customs and traditions pertaining to this ancient land. The best way to enjoy the spectacular scenery is through the many activities available in the County. Choose from trekking in the forest to hillwalking in the mountains, canoeing or water-skiing on the great waterways, a round of golf or a days’ fishing. Wherever the road takes you in Cavan, you will experience a wonderful sense of freedom in this undiscovered part of rural Ireland.
Cavan County Map
Ballyconnell, Bawnboy, Swanlinbar, Florence Court, Blacklion, Dowra, Glangevlin.
Cavan Way Tour
BALLYCONNELL is a picturesque town located on the Shannon Erne Waterway. This waterway links the mighty Rivers’ Shannon and Erne by weaving together the streams, rivers and lakes which are scattered between Leitrim, Cavan and Fermanagh. The atmosphere of the town is lively with many good places to eat and live entertainment in the pubs at night. The four star Slieve Russell Hotel, Golf and Country Club situated at the foot of Slieve Rushen is the gateway to the beautiful rustic mountain scenery of West Cavan. The nearby Ballyhugh Arts and Cultural Centre host traditional music and dancing in the evenings.
BAWNBOY is the location for a Buddhist centre, of which there are only two in Ireland. It is a place of meditation and retreat. The Famine Workhouse, the finest example in Ireland, stands as a reminder of difficult times in the area. There are many scenic walks including the Bawnboy Heritage Walk. SWANLINBAR was so popular a spa resort in the 18th century that a coach service ran between the village and Dublin. Amongst the noted visitors was one Jonathan Swift. Many examples of Sweathouses ‘ancient saunas’ dot the countryside. Swanlinbar’s greatest export of the 18th and 19th Centuries, Iron Ore, is responsible for the denuded landscape. The Ulster Walkway and Cladagh River pass beside the village.
FLORENCE COURT over the county border was the seat of 18th century Earls of Enniskillen. Guided tours of this elegant house take place in the summer and visitors can enjoy afternoon tea in these palatial surroundings. BLACKLION is named after the Old Blacklion Inn which stood where the Diamond Bar is today. Cathal Bui MacGiolla Gunna, the 17th century Irish poet who wrote "An Bonnan Bui" came from Blacklion and a monument to him is located at the lakeshore. The Burren, as it is locally known, is an area rich in prehistoric monuments will almost certainly be of interest to visitors. The Marble Arch Caves, easily reached from Blacklion Village, are the largest underground cave system in Ireland. Blacklion nine hole golf course set on the shores of Lough MacNean is open to visitors. DOWRA village, overlooking Lough Allen is located between the Leitrim Way and the Cavan Way walks. The Cavan Way starts at Blacklion and is 25km. The ancient fortification known as the Black Pigs Dyke which is thought to have divided the Country in two, is located here. This is Irelands’ equivalent to the Great Wall of China or Hadrians Wall, although of much greater antiquity.
GLANGEVLIN is a place shrouded in legend and lore. Today, the mountain village of Glangevlin is an ideal starting point for car or walking tours in the undisturbed wilderness. The Glan Gap offers spectacular views of the Drumlin belt of East Cavan. The unique diversity in scenery is captured here with spectacular views of two very distinct landscapes. The Shannon Pot, from which the great river Shannon springs is located nearby.
Cavan Way Tour Map
Ballyhaise, Belturbet, Milltown, Killeshandra, Kilmore, Arvagh, Gowna
Lough Oughter Tour
BALLYHAISE Agricultural College has links to Leinster House
(home of the Irish Parliament) as Richard Cassels, an 18th century architect, designed them both. A beautifully located amenity park sits opposite the college, on the banks of the River Annalee. A visit to the Roman Catholic Church is also recommended. This was once situated in Cavan town, but was rebuilt here in the 1930’s/1940’s. It was the former Cathedral Church of Kilmore. The seven-arch bridge from Ballyhaise accesses REDHILLS. The stone wall boundary of the WhyteVenables is all that remains of this 17th century estate. The village was the location for the films "The Playboys" and "The Run of the Country". The local public houses display many photographs relating to these films. Shane Connaughton, the author of "A Border Station" and writer of the acclaimed screenplay "My Left Foot" has associations with the village. Redhills Equestrian Centre is situated just outside the village. BELTURBET on the banks of the River Erne was built by the Earl of Lanesborough in the 17th century. A thriving angling town, with a marina, Belturbet is now an established base for cruiser hire. A notable attraction in Belturbet is the restored Railway Station, now home to a new Railway Visitor Centre, which tells the history of Belturbet Railway, built in 1885. It houses an interesting collection of railway memorabilia. An excellent example of a 12th century Anglo Norman Motte and Bailey can be viewed on Turbet Island. Belturbet Golf Club is on the Cavan Road as you leave the town. In nearby, MILLTOWN you will find a 12th century church and abbey of the Augustinians in Drumlane. The present buildings occupy the site of an earlier 6th century monastery founded by St. Mogue. The Round Tower, the only one in the Diocese of Kilmore now stands as a silent sentinel to the Viking invasion. These remains are located between the tranquil lakes of Derrybrick and Drumlane. An interesting feature of the Round Tower is the engraving of a cockerel on the north face, believed to symbolise the resurrection.
KILLESHANDRA owing to its location near Lough Oughter and Portaliffe Lake has developed into an angling centre of renown. In the town the 17th century features a very rare Jacobean doorway. The historic 12th century Lough Oughter Castle, an AngloNorman fortress, was once the principal seat of the O’Reillys. It is famed for its role in the imprisonment of Bishop William Bedell during the 1641 Rebellion and death of Owen Roe O’Neill in 1649. It was one of the last Confederate strongholds to surrender in Ireland to the Cromwellian forces in 1653. The nearby 240 acre Killykeen Forest park offers walkers, cyclists, anglers and those with a love of nature a natural environment in which to indulge their love of the great outdoors.
KILMORE The Cathedral of St. Fethlimidh is situated on the a wooded elevation not far from the shores of Lough Oughter The most famous feature of Kilmore Cathedral is the 12th century Romanesque doorway which is built into the wall of the vestry door . This doorway is a fine example of architecture from the Irish Middle Ages. The Cathedral is also dedicated to the scholarly Bishop William Bedell who presided over Kilmore Diocese from 1629-1642. He was responsible for the translation of the Old Testament into Irish and an original copy of this book can be seen in the Cathedral. Bishop Bedell is buried in the Cathedral grounds.
ARVAGH is the meeting place of the three provinces, Connaught, Leinster and Ulster. The area around Arvagh was closely associated with the United Irish Rebellion in 1798. It is uniquely situated in the centre of the drumlin belt. The many lakes and rivers offer excellent angling all year round.
GOWNA formerly known as Scrabby, is a quaint village with one of Cavan’s most beautiful lakeside vistas on the shores of Lough Gowna. The name of the village means ‘Lake of the Calf’. Here also, is the source of the River Erne. The area is now a well known and popular angling resort.
Lough Oughter Tour Map
Cavan, Cootehill, Shercock, Kingscourt, Bailieborough, Mullagh, Virginia, Mountnugent, Ballyjamesduff
East Cavan Tour
CAVAN is the principal and administrative town in County Cavan and former seat of power of the O'Reilly's of East Breifne. The ancient inauguration place of the O’Reillys of Breifne is located on nearby Shantemon Hill. The town boasts a diverse history and heritage which can be seen in the many visitor centres and historical attractions that remain in the county. To name but a few, the 12th century Franciscan Friary, burial place of Owen Roe O’Neill and the Lifeforce Mill a 19th century mill where wholemeal flour is stoneground. Cavan Crystal which promotes the glass blower's trade was established in 1960. The centre specialises in high quality furnishing, textiles, ceramics, jewellery and paintings. The Genealogical Research Centre is open to visitors who wish to research their ancestors in the Cavan area. County Cavan Golf Club founded in 1894, is a fine 18 hole parkland golf course just outside the town. COOTEHILL is named after Thomas Coote, a Cromwellian Colonel and his wife Frances Hill. It was once one of the wealthiest towns in South Ulster due to the flax industry. It was the terminal of the Great Northern Railway which opened here in 1869 and closed in 1958. Bellamont House is one of the finest Palladian Houses’ in Ireland. It was designed by Lovett Pierce and built in 1725. Nearby the Megalithic tomb at Cohaw on the Shercock Rd., is 6000yr. old evidence of human occupation of this area. Five kms from Cootehill is the Maudabawn Cultural Centre which is housed in a stone thatched cottage. It is an excellent stop for refreshments before enjoying the history of Cavan which is related with the aid of audiovisual equipment and exhibitions. Historical and Heritage guided tours of the area can be arranged at the centre. SHERCOCK is a notable angling centre with coarse fishing on nearby Lough Sillan. The Playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan, who wrote the acclaimed School for Scandal lived here. In 1878, seventeen young lives were lost on the beautiful Lough Sillan in Irelands worst inland drowning tragedy. KINGSCOURT, associated with the ancient kingdom of Tara, is home to the beautiful Dun á Rí Forest Park where you can visit the Wishing Well, Cromwell’s Bridge and the old Village of Cabra. In the distance, you can see Lough an Lea, the second highest mountain in the diocese of Meath. See the glass painted windows of St. Mary's Church painted by Evie Hone. Cabra Castle, now a splendid Hotel, has many interesting architectural features and an excellent nine hole golf course. BAILIEBOROUGH, a plantation town, was founded in the 17th century by Scotsman William Bailie. An interesting feature of Bailieborough is the Stations of the Cross by George Collie RHA, in the R.C. Church, while a fine Public Library, Swimming and Leisure Centre gives visitors the opportunity to unwind. Bailieborough forest has beautiful walks with many historic connections. The site of Bailieborough Castle and the 1798 battleground located within Bailieborough forest are also well worth a visit.
MULLAGH was the birthplace of St Kilian in 1640 AD. During his mission to what is now modern day Germany he was martyred. Today, he is one of the patron saints of Wurzburg in Germany. His life and death are represented though artifacts and an audio visual presentation in St Kilians Heritage Centre. At Rantavan, Charlotte Brooke, the poetess was born in 1740. Visit Lakeview Gardens overlooking Mullagh Lake, which contain many rare and unusual plants originating from the famous Shackleton collection. The gardens are open from May to September.
VIRGINIA town, built during the reign of James I was named after the Virgin Queen, Elizabeth I of England. Virginia is a plantation town with a structural streetscape. Picturesque Virginia was home to Jonathan Swift while he wrote Gulliver's Travels. The local Ramor Theatre, hosts an extensive programme of music and entertainment throughout the year.
MOUNTNUGENT is pleasantly situated on the River Inny. A former castle of the O’Reillys it stands on the hill overlooking Lough Sheelin. Carraig Crafts Visitor Centre specialising in the art of weaving is located just outside the village. Lough Sheelin Equestrian centre is closeby.
BALLYJAMESDUFF is immortalised in the Percy French's song "Come back Paddy Reilly to Ballyjamesduff". It is home to the award winning Cavan County Museum. A former convent of the Poor Clare Order, it is a magnificent 19th century building, which depicts the entire spectrum of Cavan’s diverse culture, heritage and history.
East Cavan Tour Map
Contacts Cavan Tourist Office Farnham Street Cavan Tel: 049 4331942
Marble Arch Caves Tel: 048 66 348855 Redhills Equestrian Centre Tel: 047 55042
North West Tourism Temple Street Sligo Tel: 071 9161201 Fax: 071 9160360
Ross House Equestrian Centre Tel: 049 8540218
Cavan County Museum Tel: 049 8544070 Coffee Shop and Craft Cavan Genealogical Research Centre Tel: 049 4361094 Maudabawn Cultural Centre Guided Heritage Tours Tel: 049 5559504 St Kilians Heritage Centre Tel: 046 9242433 Ballyhugh Art and Culture Centre Tel: 049 9526044 Belturbet Station & Visitor Centre Tel: 049 9522502 Ramor Theatre Thetatre, Music & Dance Tel: 049 8547074 Cavan Crystal Visitor Centre Tel: 049 4331800 Wesleyan Chapel Arts, Cultural and Tourism Centre Tel: 042 9666666 Lakeview Gardens Tel: 046 42480 Emerald Star Line Cruise Hire Tel: 049 9522933 Mill Valley Open Farm Tel: 049 4361409 Florence Court Tel: 048 66 348249
Cavan Equestrian Centre Sports & Entertainment Venue Tel: 049 43 32017 Kingfisher Cycle Trail Information Tel: 048 66 320121 Fax: 048 66 325511 County Cavan Golf Club Tel: 049 4331283 Cabra Castle Golf Club Tel: 042 9667030 Belturbet Golf Club Tel: 049 9522287 Slieve Russell Golf & Country Club Tel: 049 9525091 Virginia Golf Club Tel: 049 8548066 Blacklion Golf Club Tel: 072 53024 Carraig Crafts Visitor Centre Tel: 049 8540179 County Cavan Swimming & Leisure Complex Tel: 049 4362888 Bailieborough Swimming Pool & Leisure Centre Tel: 042 9666644 Storm Cinema (Cavan Town) Tel: 049 4372005
Monaghan “Green Rolling Countryside and a Genuine Welcome ”
Monaghan Monaghan visitors are immediately struck by the unexpected charm of this gentle and friendly county. Just one and a half hours drive from Dublin and Belfast the county is largely characterised by sparkling lakes, rolling drumlins and sheer unspoilt beauty. Sport and leisure enthusiasts will find an abundance of activities throughout Monaghan with championship quality Golf Courses, Equestrian Centres and Pony Trekking over moorland, mountain and forest trails. There are also some wonderful walks in the leisure parks around the county. Water sports include Water Skiing, Canoeing and Kayaking and of course, Monaghan is renowned to Anglers worldwide for its fine Loughs and waterways. Heritage and visitor centres, museums and libraries present cultural, art and literary collections plus genealogical information. The history and traditions of lace-making are well documented and there are fine displays in Clones and Carrickmacross. The Patrick Kavanagh Rural and Literary Resource Centre is a must-see attraction for visitors and those looking for something really different should stop off at the Scotstown Rally Centre to experience the thrill of driving top class, fully rally - prepared cars in a safe environment. Enjoy any one of the suggested routes in this special tour guide or follow your own instincts. Wherever they may lead, your visit to county Monaghan will definitely be memorable.
County Monaghan Map
Monaghan, Glaslough, Emyvale, Corracrin, Scotstown, Ballinode.
MONAGHAN is a lively town with some wonderful architecture that can best be appreciated on foot. The County Museum and the St Louis Convent Heritage Centre are well worth a visit. St. Macartan’s Cathedral was built in 1892 and contains interesting Stations of the Cross and tapestries. Other buildings of particular note around the town include the original 17thc. Market House, the Courthouse, St Patrick’s Church of Ireland, and the First Monaghan Presbyterian Church. The Rossmore Memorial and the Market Cross are also of historical significance. The Garage Theatre is a popular venue for both touring companies and audience. For visitors wishing to trace their family origins, Monaghan Ancestral Research provides a wealth of information.
Rossmore Forest Park, the former estate of Robert Cunningham MP for Monaghan (1769-1796) with its hardwood, broadleaf and conifer trees, mixed grasses, lakes and rivers, creates a teeming wildlife habitat. Walkways incorporate a wedge tomb, yew, giant red wood and a mausoleum. Within this beautiful setting is nearby Rossmore Golf Club which offers an exceptional 18-hole championship course. Valley Pitch and Putt 18-hole course is situated on the Ballybay road and has both club house and shop facilities.
GLASLOUGH Village, a former Tidy Town winner, originated from the presence of Castle Leslie. The castle is now an upmarket hotel but visitors can walk around the grounds, exploring the splendid gardens of this 405ha estate. Greystone Equestrian Centre offers rides over 40km of natural trails and fences. Residential or day rates are available. Donagh Graveyard contains the ruins of an early Christian Church and High Cross. Donagh’s original 12thc. Bronze crucifix is currently used in processions at Monaghan Cathedral. The name Donagh (Domhnach) stems from St Patrick’s practice of turning the sod of a new Church on a Sunday.
EMYVALE is the site of a 10th c. Viking Fort, used to launch attacks on Donagh Church. Novelist William Carlton attended Donagh Parish Church hedge school in 1837. Tully Fort was established by the powerful McKenna family and is still in evidence.
CORRACRIN Churchyard contains the grave of Canon Patrick Moynagh who organised emigration to Prince Edward Island in Canada during the pre famine era. Strong connections between Emyvale and the Canadian Island are maintained. At this point visitors can take a detour to the AWOL survival and adventure centre which is located at Clara, 6km from Emyvale on the Aughnacloy road. It offers multi-activity team challenges to individuals and corporate groups. Advance booking is recommended. Continuing the tour from Emyvale, take the scenic 10km Bragan Mountain drive across Sliabh Beagh. The drive has wonderful views across Lough More which spans the two counties of Monaghan and Tyrone. Visitors can leave the car at the Sliabh Beagh Rural Tourism Centre in Knockatallank and follow one of the sign-posted walks in the area. Some new cycle trails have also recently been developed.
SCOTSTOWN Rally School of Ireland provides motor sport activities and conference facilities. It offers the ultimate rally experience for novice and advanced drivers over a 1km mixed terrain circuit.
BALLINODE Veteran and Vintage Museum is 3km from Monaghan town. Pony carts, ancient kitchen utensils, a traditional fire hearth, farmhouse furniture and an abandoned 1845 cell door from Monaghan’s Old County Jail are among the exhibits.
Glaslough Tour Map
Mid Monaghan Tour
Castleblayney, Clontibret, Monaghan Town, Clones, Rockcorry, Tanagh, Ballybay
CASTLEBLAYNEY was founded on the site of an early Christian
Church and the area was originally controlled by the local Hanratty chieftains. The town was built by the Blayney family and the Courthouse, Market House and Church of Ireland church were added in the late 18th, early 19th centuries. Hope Castle was named after Henry Hope, owner of one of the largest uncut diamonds in the world. He bought the estate in 1870 and it is now part of Lough Muckno Leisure Park which incorporates a Waterski Centre, group activity programmes, conference facilities, and restaurant and bar. The leisure complex also has a splendid 9-hole golf course and forest trails with lakeside picnic areas. Castleblayney also has a fully automated Ten Pin Bowling Complex which is open all year. Lough Mourne Clay Pigeon Shooting offers tuition, equipment and refreshments. CLONTIBRET is the site of a battle which was fought between Hugh O’Neill and the Marshal of Queen Elizabeth I, Sir Henry Bagenal in 1595. The Wildlife Education Centre provides a unique learning environment with exhibitions which include a mounted bird and fauna collection, an audio visual and slide show unit plus cafeteria and picnic facilities. Pony trap tours can be arranged MONAGHAN TOWN Full details on Glaslough Tour. CLONES has many buildings and sites of historical interest. The Diamond is dominated by the Church of Ireland and an early 9th/10thc. High Cross, carved with Old and New Testament scenes. The County Library, formerly the Courthouse, was built in the 1840’s and its wrought ironwork still bears the initials of local landlord Tomas Lennard. Other buildings of note in and around the town include the Presbyterian Church, and the ruins of John Wesley’s Methodist Church. Dating back to earlier times, the ruins of a motte and bailey fort can still be seen. Nearby, a 12thc. Abbey, known locally as the ‘wee abbey’ has the unusual feature of a Celtic Cross sculpted in relief on the Northern Wall. On the same site the sarcophagus of St. Tiernach, a 6thc. Abbot lies beside Clones Round Tower. The Ulster Canal Stores is a community enterprise providing tourist information, a permanent exhibition of Clones lace and a coffee shop. Clones golf Club and 18-hole course is set amidst Hilton Park’s old demesne with spectacular countryside views. Hilton Park Victorian Gardens provide secluded walks beside herbaceous borders, herb gardens, yew hedges and a lakeside summerhouse. Viewing by appointment. Local writer Patrick McCabe’s film ‘The Butcher Boy’ was shot in Clones. The challenge is to spot familiar locations. The Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig was bequeathed to the nation as an artist’s retreat by the famous theatre director Sir Tyrone Guthrie. Whilst the gardens and lake are open to visitors, the house is private. ROCKCORRY developed as a result of the linen industry which was founded by the Corr family. An obelisk-style monument, situated between Cootehill and Rockcorry, was erected by local electors in honour of the 18th c. MP Richard Dawson. He was returned to five successive parliaments. TANAGH Outdoor Recreation Centre sits at the heart of the Dromore water system adjoining Dartrey forest. Activities at the centre include kayaking, canoeing, abseiling, pony trekking, field studies and leadership training programmes. Advance booking is necessary. There are some pleasant walks in nearby Dartrey Forest. BALLYBAY town, located beside Lough Major, was founded on the linen industry but is now a prominent angling centre. The Billy Fox Memorial Park is located 5km along the Cootehill to Ballybay route. Its pleasant forest trails are highly recommended.
Mid Monaghan Tour Map
Castleblayney, Inniskeen, Carrickmacross, Donaghmoyne.
CASTLEBLANEY- See Mid Monaghan Tour INNISKEEN was the birthplace in 1904 of the poet and novelist, Patrick Kavanagh. Places such as ‘Shancoduff Farm’ or ‘My Black Shanco’ and ‘Kednaminsha School’, which are associated with the poet’s work, are all clearly signposted.
The Patrick Kavanagh Rural and Literary Resource Centre, located in the Church where he attended Mass, interprets the area’s geology, mythology and history. The Centre has an audio-visual room and a library and guided tours are available for groups of 8 or more. Visitors can also access the adjacent graveyard where the poet is buried. Those seeking refreshment may pause at The Poets Rest coffee shop. A Round Tower marks the site of the early Christian Monastery of St. Daig. During the 12thc. Augustinian Monks built a second Monastery beside the Norman Motte that still exists today and overlooks the village. Fane River Park is nearby and it offers peace seekers an opportunity to pause for a rest or a picnic, or to take a walk along the banks of this excellent salmon river. Across the road is an 18-hole Pitch and Putt course. A few miles from the village, Irish Country Quads offers purpose-built quad trails to individuals and groups.
CARRICKMACROSS, nominated for a prestigious European Entente Florale Award, is a pretty market town, which developed around a Castle, built by the Earl of Essex in 1630. The Convent of the St. Louis Nuns now stands on the original castle site. The Nuns were largely responsible for the revival of lace-making skills in the region and the Carrickmacross Lace Co-operative has been instrumental in keeping the tradition alive today. This lace may be purchased at the Carrickmacross Lace Gallery where demonstrations of the skill can be given by prior request. One of the most imposing buildings in the town is the Roman Catholic Church which was completed in 1866. Of particular significance in the church are the ten beautiful stained-glass windows which were designed by the renowned artist Harry Clarke in 1925. Other buildings of note include the 18thc St Finbarr’s Protestant Church with its magnificent steeple, the Courthouse and the historic Magheross Church. Carrickmacross Equestrian Centre is just 1km from the town and offers lessons or hacks over some of Monaghan’s most exceptional woodland and countryside. Nuremore Golf and Country Club, a championship 18-hole course, is well worth a stop-over for golfing enthusiasts.
DONAGHMOYNE, sign-posted off the Carrickmacross to Castleblaney road, is the location of the Mannan Castle 18-hole Parkland Golf Course. The ruins of Mannan Castle, with its motte and bailey, are still clearly visible.
Kavanagh Tour Map
Contacts Monaghan Tourist Office 6 Castlemeadow Court Monaghan Tel: (047) 81122 North West Tourism Temple Street Sligo Tel: 071 9161201 Fax: 071 9160360
Rossmore Golf Club Tel: 047 71222 Nuremore Golf and Country Club Tel: 042 9661438 Castleblayney Golf Club Tel: 042 9749485 Clones Golf Club Tel: 047 56017
Monaghan Ancestry 6 Tully Monaghan (Postal Enquiries Only)
Mannan Castle Golf Club Tel: 042 9663308 Canal Stores Tel: 047 52125
St Louis Heritage Centre Tel: 047 83529 Monaghan County Museum Tel: 047 82928
Irish Country Quads Tel: 042 9378997 Lough Muckno Waterski Centre Tel: 042 9749709
Sliabh Beagh Rural Tourism Centre Tel: 047 89014
Tanagh Outdoor Education Centre Tel: 049 5552988
Garage Theatre Tel: 047 81597
Valley Pitch and Putt Tel: 047 84928
The Diamond Screen Cinema Tel: 047 84755
Rally School Ireland Tel: 047 89098
Patrick Kavanagh Centre Tel: 042 9378560
Ballinode Veteran and Vintage Museum Tel: 047 89840
Carrickmacross Lace Gallery Tel: 042 9662506
Castleblayney Ten Pin Bowling Tel: 042 9749944
Antique Lace Making Demonstrations Tel: 047 51051/ 51729
Clay Pigeon Shooting Tel: 042 9745953
Tyrone Guthrie Centre Tel: 047 54003
Victorian Garden Visits, Clones Tel: 047 56007
Greystones Equestrian Centre Tel: 047 88100
Wildlife Education Centre Tel: 047 80987
Carrickmacross Equestrian Centre Tel: 042 9661017
AWOL Paintball Centre Tel: 047 86224
This Guide has been supported by ADM/CPA through the EU Special Support Programme for Peace and Reconciliation.
Graphic Design by Martin Corr and Bill Dobson Maps Designed By Martin Corr This Guide is intended to assist touring motorists in the region. The authors are not responsible for any errors or omissions in the maps or text.