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Make a holiday rental home or holiday cottage in County Monaghan, Ireland your home away from home

County Monaghan is in Ireland and Counties Tyrone, Armagh, Louth, Meath, Cavan and Fermanagh, border it and the main town is Monahan. The county is divided into the five baronies of Cremorne, Monaghan, Farney, Dartrey and Truagh. County Monaghan is scenic and peaceful with rising and falling countryside, gentle hills, lakes, farms and market towns. It is often referred to as the Land of the Little Hills because of its gentle whale-shaped hills (drumlins).

Places to holiday in County Monaghan

There are several mountains in county Monaghan including Slieve Beagh, Coolberrin Hill and Mullyash Mountain and a number of large lakes, which makes it perfect for hikers, golfers, anglers, climbers, horse riders, extreme sports and nature and birdwatching. Monaghan county council promote tourism in the area and you will be able to get a county map from the county council offices.

There is no shortage of accommodation in the major towns of Monaghan, Castleblayney, Carrickmacross and Clones with hotels, guest houses, bed and breakfast (b&b), self catering apartments but many people prefer to stay in the smaller villages in the countryside, such as Inniskeen, Rockcorry and Glaslough Village. Many houses and homes for sale in the villages are being renovated and converted into self-catering holiday cottages.

Holiday cottage accomodation offers more freedom to explore than bed breakfast establishments or a hotel. Cottages in Carrickmacross are ideal if you are interested in traditional crafts and lace making and a holiday cottage in Clones is well situated to watch a game of Gaelic football (Monaghan GAA) at St Tiernach's Park.

Things to do in County Monaghan

Cottage holidays in a log cabin put you close to the Lough Muckno Leisure Park in Castleblayney, which has lakeside and woodland trails as well as canoeing, horse riding tennis, sailing and water-skiing. There are also numerous parks, lakes, woods and forests with nature reserves for those interested in the environment and wildlife including, Dun na Ri Forest Park, Rossmore, Dartrey and Carnagh Forest.

County Monaghan has several castles, towers, galleries, crosses, pre-historic remains and Bronze Age megalithic sites such as the Tullyrain Ring Fort close to Shantonagh, historical forts like Drumbanagher Hill at Glaslough, historical convents such as St. Louis Convent Heritage Centre and monuments like the Richard Dawson Obeliskin in Rockcorry. Historical homes of interest include Hilton Park; also not to be missed is the Monaghan County Museum.

For sports enthusiasts, the Tanagh Outdoor Education Centre has kayaking, canoeing, night hikes, aerial slides, and abseiling, orienteering, hill walking, camping, assault courses, archery, banana boating and a great deal more. Golf courses include Hilton Park in Clones, Mannan Castle Golf Club, Donaghmoyne in Carrickmacross and Castleblayney Golf Club at Onomy. Equestrian Sports are available at Carrickmacross School of Equitation and Greystones Equestrian Centre at Castle Leslie. Other sources of entertainment include Garage Theatre, Patrick Kavanagh Rural and Literary Resource Centre, Fiddlers Elbow nightclub and the Angling in County Monaghan Festival.

Weather in County Monaghan

County Monaghan's climate is damp and windy with frequent showers and mists, but is generally considered very healthy.

Travel to County Monaghan

Aer Rianta Dublin Airport and Belfast International Airport are convenient for County Monaghan, as are P&O European Ferries, Stena Line and Irish Ferries. Iarnród Eireann - Irish Rail and Bus Eireann operate in the area.

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County Monaghan Holiday Cottages & Homes (13)

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          Cottage #1986795
            • 2 BR
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            House #1856008
              • 3 BR
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              Cottage #1980631
                • 4 BR
                • 1 BA
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                  House #1856258
                    Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                        Farmhouse #1675768
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                          Recent Reviews

                          Rahans Lake Lodge

                          5 of 5
                          Rahans Lake Lodge is a lovely cabin located in a tranquil location by Rahans Lake; the cabin is very clean and has everything you need for a self catering holiday. The photos on the website accurately dictate all aspects of the cabin. We stayed there for a week from the 20th to the 28th of July 2009 and found everything to be in good order. The owners Jim and Nuala are at hand (only a phone call away) and we found Jim to be an extremely friendly person. He was also very informative of the local sights to visit and knows quite a bit about local landmarks and the history of the area, which we found to be really useful. Rahans Lake Lodge is situated right on the banks of Rahans Lake and you can sit on the front veranda or the new decking on the Lakeside to watch the swans and ducks. The cabin is protected from the elements by large leafy trees and the veranda big enough to sit out on even on a rainy day. One of the best bits about staying here is the proximity to the N2 which takes you to directly to Dublin only about an hours drive away and making it easy to visit all the places you might have on your list. Belfast is about an hour and half away so it’s a perfect location for a base for travelling round Ireland and seeing some of the lovely sights it has to offer. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Rahans Lake Lodge to anybody. It’s perfect for couples or families and there is plenty of hot water and extra clean linen and towels are in the cabin should you need them. The local shops are about ten minutes away by car and there are pubs, restaurants and three large supermarkets. So if you don’t intend travelling everything you need is close at hand. The lodge has disabled access for wheelchairs by way of ramps at either end of the new decking, the living room has double doors so there would be no problem getting in and out. One thing the website doesn’t show is the lovely large new lawn area in front of the cabin which is ideal for children. Another thing is that there are plenty of television channels (not something we needed as were so busy travelling round). Our Thanks to Jim and Nuala for a lovely last week of our three week tour of Ireland. Sheena, Ross and Sachelle. Inverness. Scotland.
                          • Review Submitted: 04-Aug-2009
                          • Date of Stay: Jul 2009