Every county in Ireland tries to highlight features that distinguish their particular area and in that regard County Monaghan is no exception and is definitely unique in both its geographical location and its geological formation.
Geographically the county is surrounded on three sides by the border with Northern Ireland and Clones, a town with an ancient and colourful heritage, straddles this border. As a result it is ideally placed for the visitor who, not alone wants to experience hospitality and vibrant character of county Monaghan but also to explore the sights and spectacular scenery across the border in Fermanagh and Tyrone.
Geologically Monaghan is famous for its drumlins. The drumlins were deposited by melting glaciers at the end of the ice age and are elongated features that can reach a kilometre in length and up to 50 metres high. They are a spectacular formation and standing on the top of one of them to view the distinctive “basket of eggs” brings a peace and tranquillity that is hard to emulate.
One way to experiencing this view is to engage in one of the many local walking choices from the four looped walks at scenic Knockatallon, the Clones heritage trail or the forest walk and nature trail at Dartry forest. The more energetic visitor can admire the views along the Kingfisher or Ulster Canal cycle trails on a bicycle hired from McQuaids Cycle Hire.
Monaghan County Museum exists to collect, preserve and display the heritage of the county while over 200 species of Irish Wildlife and vintage machinery are on display at the Wildlife and Heritage centre.
This synopsis is just a small sample of what is available to supplement your golfing trip to Clones and further information on all the other areas of interest such as equestrian events, angling, water sports, canoeing etc. may be obtained from the Monaghan Tourist Office based in the Leisure Complex in Monaghan.