Castleblayney on the shores of Lough Muckno welcomes tourists from all over the world and is especially popular with visitors from Germany, The Netherlands and the UK. Located on the main road between Dublin and Derry and with a population of around 3,000, the town is 66 miles from Dublin and 60 miles from Belfast.
Many people come to Castleblayney for the excellent fishing which is available on the Lough, the largest in County Monaghan, as well as a variety of lough-based activities. These include waterski-ing, canoeing and wakeboarding which has enjoyed increasing popularity in recent years.
Others come to enjoy the beautiful, relaxing scenery - a world away from the hustle and bustle of urban life.
In addition to angling, there are some excellent golfing opportunities at the Concra Wood Castleblayney Golf Club set on the banks of the Lough with elevated views over it and a vista comprising the Monaghan drumlins to distant mountains beyond. There are also opportunities for horse-riding, rally driving, paintballing, water rafting, mountain boarding, clay shooting, archery, 4x4 off-road driving, falconry, hawk walking, quad biking and more.
Places to visit include the Monaghan County Museum, the Cassandra Hand Heritage Centre and, of course, you can always enjoy the atmosphere and welcome to be found in the many traditional Irish pubs in and around the town.