Places of Interest in the Area
Located 20minutes away near Butlersbridge. Cavan Canoeing offers customers the unique opportunity to explore the area’s waterways, landscape and history, either by themselves or with the help from a guide.For those who want an in depth experience of the area and its history, they offer guided tours to the nearby Clough Oughter Castle and surrounding area. A perfect way to learn about some of the local and national history while enjoying a scenic paddle. Duration is 3-4 hours. See cavan canoeing for more information-
Afterwards why not call for a bite to eat in Murphs’s Bistro at the Derragarra Inn http://murphsbistro.com/
Riverside Spa- Health Spa
Located 25mins drive from us the Riverside Spa is an ideal place to relax unwind and rejuvenate. They offer a wide range of spa treatments and also offer couples treatments too which is ideal if you and your partner want to spend time away together.
Clones Canal Stores
Beautifully restored Ulster Canal Stores is a Tourism/Heritage Centre and is home to Clones Lace. It has a beautiful Bistro and permanent Lace Exhibition. It also runs courses such as basket making throughout the year.
It also hosts the Historic Town walking tours. This heritage walk is an informative tour led by local historians and trained guides, Free to everyone, Leaves the Canal Stores every Saturday at 11am May to October.
Gin Distillery Tours of Boatyard Distillery, Enniskillen
45minutes drive from Hilton Park.
The Boatyard Distillery will guide you through some of their prohibition style cocktails, and give you the chance to try some of their gin neat so you can taste the full flavour. Your tasting will include one 70cl bottle to take away with a lovely hand-debossed and branded gift bags. For those feeling brave you will also have the opportunity to label your own bottle.
“We open our doors for an intimate tour and tasting at our wee distillery. Come down and see us at the start of our incredible journey to produce the finest spirits. We will unlock some of the secrets that go into Boatyard Double Gin including an insight into who ‘Doc Brown’ really is.” Says Boatyard distillery.
These gin tours take place on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 2pm. Bookings can be made online in advance on the link below.
Busy Bee Ceramics -Glaslough
35mins from Hilton Park
Newly relocated to Glaslough village. Brenda is the potter who runs this delightful pottery shop, classes and pottery parties are run all year round. Brenda also sells her own pottery range. Glaslough is a lovely village with antique shops, crafts and lovely places to eat.
Navan Centre & Fort
40minutes from Hilton Park
Navan Centre & Fort is a place where myth and reality meet. It is one of Ireland’s most famous and important archaeological sites, the legendary Emain Macha. Legends say that Macha, the ancient goddess of war and fertility, scored the earth with her brooch pin and traced the famous outline of this sacred stronghold of the hero Cu Chulainn, home of the famous Red Branch Knights and Ulster Cycle of tales.
There are plenty of things to do in the local area, download this brochure of places of interest in Monaghan.
See below as well for other suggestions.
If you have ancestors in Monaghan or want to find out more about genealogy in this area there is a service available free of charge to help you. Please go to the link below to find out more-
Cavan Burren Park
A mythical, spiritual landscape of monuments, megalithic tombs, hut sites and pre-bog walls all of which survive from pre-historic times. New visitor centre and five walking trails
Cavan County Museum
Virginia Road, Ballyjamesduff
Award winning museum with exciting exhibitions housed in a beautiful Georgian building. Playground, tea room, shop and garden. Ongoing programme of adults and children’s events.
County Cavan Arts
Cavan presents three drama festivals annually: Shercock, Cavan and Maudabawn, indeed many of the world’s finest actors found their stage in County Cavan. Literature too and a love of the spoken and written word is evidenced as Cavan is home to award winning publishing houses, magazines and writers.
t: +353 49 854 7074
The Moth Studio & Art Gallery
8 Church Street Cavan
t: +353 49 4362677
Florence Court and Gardens, Co Fermanagh – One of Ulster’s most important 18th-century houses. The house, formerly the home of the Cole family, Earls of Enniskillen, is surrounded by a large area of parkland, garden and woodland, with breathtaking views to Benaughlin and the Cuilcagh Mountains. Classical style with exquisite rococo plasterwork, a warm and gentle atmosphere with fine Irish furniture collection. Interesting features include sawmill, ice house and summer house. Florence Court also runs ‘Living History Tours’, an entertaining insight into 1920s Florence Court.
Castle Coole, Co Fermanagh – One of Ireland’s greatest neo-classical houses. This is a very impressive National Trust house. A rare treat if you are looking for stately grandeur. Surrounded by its stunning landscape park on the edge of Enniskillen, this majestic 18th century home of the Earls of Belmore, designed by James Wyatt, was created to impress. The surrounding wooded landscape park sloping down to Lough Coole is ideal for long walks. Exquisitely awe-inspiring beauty with rich decoration, furnishings and furniture. Musical events are held in the Great Hall and gardens throughout the year.
Neolithic & Megalithic Sights nearby
Armagh is located 45minutes drive from Hilton Park and houses the Armagh Planetarium and Armagh Conservatory. There is also a lovely restaurant and cafe that is open for lunch and dinner- the Moody Boar.
A useful itinerary for a day Armagh is below-
Irish Lace Museum
A wonderful museum and tea shop. Sheelin Antique Irish Lace Shop is set in the picturesque village of Bellanaleck. It is a treasure trove of Antique Irish Lace items and other vintage textiles and clothing. Items for sale include antique wedding dresses, wedding veils, shawls, collars, bonnets, christening gowns, 1920s dresses, feather fans and headpieces. Stunning and after a good trawl through you can reward your efforts with some delicious tea and cake.
White Island Lough
White Island is a short distance from the town of Enniskillen in Co. Fermanagh and is situated at Castle Archdale Bay off the east shore of Lower Lough Erne. The island’s main feature is the ruined 12th-century church with its fine Romanesque doorway. The island is also known for its archaic carved stone figures which sit in a line and are set into the wall. These figures were used as building stones when the church was being constructed which means that they pre-date the church. There are 8 figures in total including a frowning face or ‘mask’, and also an uncarved figure. For the historians out there this island is a must see and is only a short ferry ride away from Castle Archdale Country Park.
If you enjoy White Island then why not also visit another island in the area, Devenish Island.
The ferry for White Island departs from Castle Archdale:
July & August 10.30am – 4.30pm every hour on the hour (except 1pm-2pm)
In Caldragh Cemetery on Boa Island, Lower lough Erne stand two unique stone carvings. The larger of these is a Janus figure , two figures back to back with pear shaped heads and interlacing between the heads representing hair. The East face pictured left is carved with a penis and is the male side of the figure, and the west face pictured above is the female side. Both of these carving are in high relief. The smaller figure which is known as “the Lustyman” because it was found on the nearby island Lusty More, may in fact be a female figure. Both fgures are described as Celtic Idols. The Carvings appear to have weathered quite a lot in recent years.
When you step into the world of Belleek Pottery you enter one of Northern Ireland’s oldest and most fascinating attractions. Original and unique pieces are made using traditional methods passed down from generation to generation. One of the most collectable and prized sets is the Black Mark range.
Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre
Established in 1857, Belleek Pottery holds a very special place in the cultural and commercial heritage of Co Fermanagh. Situated in the picturesque village of Belleek on the banks of the Lough Erne, this imposing building is home to the world famous Belleek Fine Parian China and Belleek Visitor Centre. Visitors can partake in guided tours, take a walk around the on-site museum, visit the audio visual theatre and showroom and enjoy refreshments in the restaurant. There is also a gift shop where visitors can purchase authentic Belleek products.
Hari Krisna Temple, Inish Rath Islan
For a truly original day out. Please see their website in order to plan a trip to the island http://www.krishnaisland.com/
Marble Arch Caves, European Geopark, Enniskillen Northern Ireland
The Marble Arch Caves are one of Europe’s finest show caves allowing visitors to explore a fascinating, natural underworld of rivers, waterfalls, winding passages and lofty chambers. Located at Florencecourt, County Fermanagh, the Marble Arch cave complex has good car parking, a souvenir shop, restaurant, exhibition area and an audio visual theatre. The caves are situated in a National Nature Reserve. Tours of the caves last approximately 75 minutes and are suitable for people of average fitness (comfortable walking shoes and a warm sweater are recommended). Tours of the cave complex start with an underground boat trip, after which your trained guide will conduct you through a variety of cave formations, including the ‘Moses Walk’.
Pubs and Music
There are some wonderful old pubs that have remained unchanged in very many moons and we will be happy to direct you to them, including Connolly’s, situated at the end of the avenue. Annie McGinn’s in Newbliss is a lovely old worldly drinking establishment that featured in Vanishing Ireland’s series, and has traditional music on the first Sunday of each month. Adamson’s bar in Clones town has trad musicians every Friday evening.
Cavan, 20minutes drive from us, hosted the Fleadh, the largest traditional music festival in the world, three years running. It maintained itself as a strong traditional music hub with lots of pubs offering traditional music on certain evenings. Please see here for timings of Trad sessions- http://www.thisiscavan.ie/fun/go/music
Museums and Galleries
Monaghan County Museum, Monaghan
Already an award winning museum, following the Council of Europe Museum prize and the Gulbenkian – Norwich Union award, Monaghan museum encapsulates the archaeology of the local region under one roof. It boasts a comprehensive collection of artefacts from medieval crannógs, native to Monaghan along with perhaps one of the most prominent finds of the region, the Cross of Clogher, dated to the 14th century. The Museum is also actively involved in many archaeological excavations in the local area
The Patrick Kavanagh Centre, Inniskeen
The Patrick Kavanagh Centre is located in Inniskeen. The Centre houses exhibitions on local history and on Kavanagh, a sixty-seat Audio-Visual Theatre, and a Research Library. Also on view are twelve specially commissioned paintings illustrating Kavanagh’s epic poem “The Great Hunger”, a miniature model depicting Kavanagh’s classic, “A Christmas Childhood”, Kavanagh’s Death Mask and other memorabilia associated with the poet.
A special feature of the Patrick Kavanagh Centre is the unique tour of Kavanagh Country, which takes in many sites immortalised by Inniskeen’s most famous son.www.patrickkavanaghcountry.com
Clones Lace Gallery, Clones
This beautiful and intricate art form has been passed from mother to daughter since the post famine period. By 1910 Clones was the most important centre of crochet lacemaking in Ireland, and its produce was worn by royalty and gentry throughout the world. Exhibitions throughout the year as well as lacemaking classes.
The Market House Gallery, Monaghan
The Market House, Monaghan, was built in 1792 to the designs of a talented amateur architect of the time called Samuel Hayes. It is built of local grey limestone. The carving and stonework are noted for their uncommon delicacy and clarity. It is considered one of the most delicate and elegant 18th century buildings in the north.
The Carrick Gallery, Carrickmacross
It is the intention of the Gallery to work towards the promotion and development of the Arts in the North East. This will be achieved through talks and courses on various subjects, held in the Gallery throughout the year. If you are an artist who wishes to contact the gallery about exhibiting work, or you simply want to be kept up to date with events at the Gallery please contact us using the e-mail address below. From November 2005, there will be a new venue for the Arts in the North East. The Carrick Gallery will exhibit pieces by mainly local artists. Paintings, Jewellery, Furniture, Rural Crafts, and much, much more.
Wildlife and Heritage Centre
This purpose-built Wildlife Exhibition & Educational Centre opened in June 2000, displays one of the largest privately owned collections of mounted birds and mammals in Ireland. The Centre displays 200 species of Irish fauna in five specially designed habitat sets; River/Lake/Coastal, Bog & Moorland, Woodland, Farmland and Garden. These specially designed sets depict the mammals and birds in their own natural environment. The Centre’s aim is to represent these habitats as realistically as possible. This presents a unique opportunity to see ‘close-up’ many rare and beautiful species of Irish wildlife. Rare birds such as the ‘Merlin’, ‘Corncrake’, ‘Bittern’ and the unique ‘Brown and White Magpie’. Mammals including the rare ‘Pine Martin’ and also all the common animals found in Ireland.
The Garage Theatre, Monaghan Town
The Garage Theatre in Monaghan Town presents a diverse and inspiring year-round programme of drama, dance, music and comedy to the widest possible audience. The Armagh Theatre in Armagh, The Iontas Theatre in Castleblaney and the Ardhowen in Enniskillen are all within distance and offer interesting and dynamic performances throughout the year.
The Heritage Centre- St. Louis Convent, Monaghan Town
The Heritage Centre situated at St. Louis Convent, Market Road, Monaghan Town tells the story of the St. Louis Sisters worldwide. This Centre attempts to preserve the rich historical, educational and cultural heritage of the Sisters of St. Louis in Ireland and overseas. The story begins in Turkenstein in 1797, unfolds in Strasbourg and in Juilly near Paris where the Institute was founded in 1842. It then spread to Ireland in 1859, and thence to England, West Africa and the Americas. The Heritage Centre gathers up the memories of this story and brings it alive again through memorabilia, artefacts, models, documents and commemorative albums. It recalls St. Louis Sisters’ work in Educational Development and Health Care in France, Ireland, Belguim, England, California, West Africa and Brazil. Also on display some beautiful Carrickmacross Lace, Clones Crochet, Belleek China, Calligraphy and very colourful craft work from Ghana, Nigeria, Benim and Brazil.
These tours are by prior arrangement only (preferably before you arrive). We would be happy to take care of this for you, if you wish.
Drum Monastic Settlement And Saint Brigids Holy Well, Drum Monaghan
Drum Heritage Group welcomes visitors to view the restored site, which includes the Romanesque Abbey and Medieval Church ruins to research the memorials of well known local family names. The Mass Paths trod by the feet of past generations have been located and mapped. Guided tours by appointment only.
McCabe Heritage Tours, Clones Monaghan
McCabe Heritage Tours, which is based in Clones, Co. Monaghan will provide you with a very informative knowledge of Co. Monaghan and other areas. The tour guide Dermot McCabe is a local historian and Dermot”s father, Martin McCabe was the Monaghan County Librarian at one time. The tour guide is very knowledgeable and also provides a family history service. Tours available in County Monaghan and County Fermanagh.
Walking & Cycling
The local area boasts some wonderful walks amidst the drumlins and lakes of the area. Set out on one of the recommended routes, safe in the knowledge that all the creature comforts await you on your return.
For a walking holiday we have walking guide books and maps. Locally there is the Cavan way, Swanlibar walks, and the Leitrim Way as well as interesting Monaghan hill walks. We have a selection of the Fermanagh walk cards which range in grades of easy, such as the Castle Coole “afternoon tea with the earls” walk to the more challenging such as “Lough Navar, Magho Cliffs”, which is said to have the most remarkable views in Ireland. We will happily give you information on these walks and others of interest.
A cycling holiday is a glorious way to see Monaghan and the surrounding counties at your leisure. The highly commended Kingfisher Trail is at our gates. We can arrange cycles for your stay.
The Kingfisher Trail loops around lakes and islands, winds by rivers and streams, and passes through woods and country parks. You’ll cycle to scenic viewpoints as well as down rustic village streets. This is an ideal way to see the sights and scenery of this area. To find out more visit www.kingfishercycletrail.com
Other Outdoor Activities
Quads/ Archery and other activities
A action fulled day can be had on the Irish Country Quads –www.irishcountryquads.com driving All Terrain Vehicles (ATV’s) on specially designed trails. Trails have been created for both the novice and experienced driver with safety instruction, waterproofs, helmets and boots provided.
The trails include an underground tunnel, overhead bridges, the water splash drive, tight corners, a large circular track, bumpy ground and muddy ditches.
Waterski and Wakeboarding
Lough Muckno in Castleblayney is the location for the Muckno Waterski & Wakeboard Club www.skimuckno.com and is one of the most scenic ski sites in Ireland. The Clubhouse has a fully equipped kitchen, changing rooms and an equipment storage room. The club provides coaching and equipment for both the novice and the expert. There are also facilities to film your ski so you can view it at home giving you the opportunity to learn and progress.
Located 30 minutes drive away, Rally School Ireland www.rallyschoolireland.ie. visitors drive high performance rally cars on a purpose built circuit. The track comes complete with handbrake turns and hairpin bends along with wider corners designed to get the rally car drifting & sliding.
The 2 million euro facility is designed with maximum entertainment in mind and an adrenaline packed day is guaranteed for all.
Tanagh Outdoor Adventure Centre
Dartry Forest, Rockcorry, Cootehill
Canoeing, banana boating, abseiling, gorge walking, archery, assault course, orienteering and more.
t: +353 49 5552988