Monaghan is situated in the north east of Ireland and lies just over the Ulster border. The land here is predominantly hilly in fact there are a large number of little hills and only a small number of these elevate over 1000 feet. From the crest of these hills there are excellent views of the rising and falling countryside which is dotted with lakes.
It is an area steeped in history it is in fact a division of the ancient territory of Oriel and was referred to as MacMahon country. It was so named because of the domination of that influential clan, the MacMahon family protected Monaghan from the 13th to the 16th century, in 1589 rule was passed over to the British Crown.
The county is an ideal location whatever your interests. It is a region of unspoilt countryside with lots of wildlife and gorgeous scenery. Activities in the area include fishing, walking, cycling, horse riding and golf.
There is plenty for the cultural visitor also with poetry, music, lace making and art just a few of the attractions. The history of the area can be dated back to the Bronze Age with megalithic sites to view; there have also been a number of prehistoric remains discovered here.
Castle Leslie has attractive grounds which visitors can walk around and enjoy these, they cover 1000 acres and contain 3 lakes and parkland. In the town you will find St Macartan's Catholic Cathedral which is an appealing gothic revival building. Other buildings of interest include the Latlurcan Old Church which, dates from 1790, the Market House also dates from around this time.
The people here are very warm and welcoming and the hospitality you receive is excellent, it all makes for a memorable visit.