Things to Do
There are no designated cycle routes in and around Carrickmacross at present, but there are many scenic routes to take, including the Convent Avenue which overlooks the Convent Lake next to the Nuremore.
County Monaghan is a fisherman’s Paradise with over sixty lakes and rivers with fishing access. The waters have good fishing and are teaming with Bream, Roach, Pike, Eel, Tench, Rudd and Perch. For more information on local lakes please go to www.fishingireland.ie.
Locally in the Town of Carrickmacross with some lovely Boutiques, Tearooms & traditional Irish Pubs
Wine & Dine
Carrickmacross, now known as the Foody Town, hosts some delicious restaurants offering visitors the chance to sample some tasty home-cooked local produce as well as fine wine, craft beers & cocktails.
The area surrounding Nuremore is full of many scenic trails for walking or jogging and a weekly Walking Tour Of Carrickmacross is the perfect opportunity to learn the history of the town and explore this busy market town. Suggested walking routes from the Hotel
Places of Interest
Is located 7km away in Inniskeen. The small brewery is housed on a farm, and set amongst the rolling drumlins of County Monaghan, just a few miles from the birthplace of Patrick Kavanagh, the inspiration for our India Pale Ale – Stony Grey IPA. Approx. 10min journey
Is located in the heart of Carrickmacross and has a long and rich tradition, having originated in the early 1820’s. An extensive range of both traditional and contemporary designs, cleverly adapted to the materials and executed with the highest level of expertise is available in the Lace Gallery.
This located just outside the town on the Shercock Road. Carrickmacross was heavily affected by the Great Famine and the population dropped from 2, 711 in 1841 to 1779 in 1891. This saw the construction of the Workhouse. The Workhouse has been recently renovated by the Farney Resource and Information Centre
The Patrick Kavanagh Centre
Is located 14km away in Inniskeen, County Monaghan. The centre is set up to commemorate the poet Patrick Kavanagh who is regarded as one of the foremost Irish poets of the 20th century. Approx. 15min journey.
Swallow Studios Art & Craft Gallery
Is located 25km away in Annyalla, Co Monaghan and is a workshop for textile artist and hand-weaver Liz Christy. It is a colourful gem surrounded by rolling drumlin hills and hidden lakes. Approx. 20min journey.
Dun a Ri Forest Park
Situated between Carrickmacross and Kingscourt, this lovely forest park has many beautiful walks and enchanting landscapes, not forgetting a wishing well!
St. Peter’s Church
Is located 11km away in Laragh, Co. Monaghan and is known as “The Iron Church” is fashioned in a Swiss-gothic hybrid style. St. Peter’s, Laragh and its burial ground was consecrated on 13th August 1891. Approx. 15min journey
The Ballybay Wetlands Centre
This is an impressive multi-purpose venue set in the heart of Co Monaghan with sweeping views of the surrounding wetlands. Located 25km away in Ballybay Approx. 25min journey
The largest village in County Monaghan, Emyvale is a very old Habitation, as a Bronze Age tomb was unearthed there in 1959. There are several lakes around the village and Emy Lough is an important game fishery (Licenses available locally). There are some lovely walking tours in and around the village, which highlight local beauty spots and historical sights.
Situated in Clones. This is an Ancestral home with restored Gardens and pleasure grounds in a landscaped park.
Muckno Adventure at Lough Muckno Leisure Park
Located 17km from Carrickmacross in the town of Castleblaney, Lough Muckno offers a wide range of fun packed activities for all ages, which include sailing, wind surfing, water-skiing, canoeing and Horse riding. Instruction is available on request.
Monaghan County Museum
Monaghan County Museum exists to collect, preserve and Display the heritage of the County. Archaeology, Local History, Folk Life, Crafts, Transport, Coinage and Industry are among the principal areas of Interest.
The Cooley Peninsula and Carlingford
Visit the Medieval town of Carlingford, which has a new heritage centre and the ruins of King John’s Castle. From here you have spectacular views of Carlingford Lough and the Mourne mountains. Drive on to Omeath and then back across the Cooley Mountains past the “Long Woman’s grave” to Dundalk.
Scotshouse is a small village which takes its name from William Scotts, a Cromwelian Soldier, who settled in the area around 1650. Traces of the ‘Black Pig’s Dyke’ or the ‘Worm Ditch’, an early linear earthwork, can still be seen in the area. This fortification was probably erected as a defensive line to protect the ancient Kingdom of the Ulaidh. Nearby the Hilton Park Mansion was built in 1874-75 and is still in the hands of the original family, the Maddens. It is now an upmarket guesthouse and the gardens are now open to non-resident groups by appointment during the summer months.
Walking Tour of Carrickmacross
The walk aims to bring alive the vibrant history of the Town, including the Famine Times in the Workhouse, the two families who owned the town for many years: The Shirley Estate and the Bath Estate, and the War of Independence. Takes Approx. 1 hour. Tours takes place every Saturday from Easter Saturday to October Bank Holiday.