Pack the picnic basket and and head for the Forest Park.
Embrace the magic of the rural landscape. Make time to listen to the music of the stream as it tumbles over the stones... ...
Trace our intriguing story through the built heritage- the prehistoric ring forts built by the settled hunter-gatherers to protect their families and animals; the monastic settlements; the safety of the round towers against the Viking marauders; the Anglo-Norman castles; the 16th & 17th century castles built by Queen Elizabeth's planters; the famine story ... ... ...
=> Easy access from Dublin and Belfast
=> Excellent hotels, B&B's, restaurants, cafes & bars
=> Michelin, AA Rosette and Best Bistro dining
=> Four visitor centres
=> Self drive Heritage Day Trips and Sightseeing trails
=> Walking trails to suit everyone
=> The Forest Park Experience
=> Cruise in beautiful Carlingford Lough
=> Lots of child-friendly indoor and outdoor activities
By Car from Dublin:
Use GPS coordinates 53.979487 and -6.709899 OR open the Google Maps App on your smartphone and enter "50 Main Street, Carrickmacross, County Monaghan as your destination. Otherwise take the M1 north. At EXIT 14, signed Ardee/Derry, leave the M1 onto the R33. Bypass Ardee - at the 3rd roundabout follow signpost onto the N2. Exit the N2 after 10 minutes at the sign for Carrickmacross.
By Bus from Dublin: Take a Collins Coach from Abbey Street. The Bus Stop is opposite Wynns Hotel and beside the Luas stop. Coaches leave at 9:00*, 11:00, 13:00, 14:45, 16:45, 17:25, 18:15, 19:15, 21:00 . The Travel Pass is accepted on all coaches except the 9:00*. Alight on Main Street, Carrickmacross.
By Car from Belfast:
Use GPS coordinates 53.979486 & -6.709899 OR
use Google Maps on your smartphone using address: 50 Main Street, Carrickmacross, County Monaghan. Use a carcharger to keep the smartphone battery alive. Otherwise, take the M1/A1 south towards Dublin. At Newry take the bypass and take the N1/M1 to Dundalk. Leave M1 at Exit 17 and follow the signs for Castleblayney. In the vicinity of Castleblayney follow the N2 signs south for Carrickmacross.
By Train & Bus from Belfast:
Take the Train to Dundalk (Irish Rail). Take a short bus trip to Carrickmacross - bus stop at Kennedy's Pub opposite the exit from the train station (Bus Eireann). Alight on Main Street, Carrickmacross.
Visit the idyllic and unique Tin Church in Laragh Village
Coffee in Concra Wood Golf Clubhouse - incredible views
Carlingford Medieval Village & beautiful Carlingford Lough
The Carrickmacross Lace Gallery - Kate Middleton connection
Beautiful Inniskeen Village - Vikings and Patrick Kavanagh
The Carrickmacross Workhouse & the Great Famine story
Michelin Dinner in the popular Courthouse Restaurant
The Brehon Brewhouse, taste the craft beer on site
Swallow Studios, Annyalla - weaver at work
Dunaree Forest Park - Wishing Well
"We visited Carrickmacross in late August. The town was decorated with a blanket of flowers and looked great. The staff in our accommodation were very helpful and they sent us on the Avenue Walk. We took the self drive day trip to Carlingford. It was a wonderful experience and we will definitely return again."
Margaret & Peter Keeling, Guernsey, Channel Islands.