Description of Trail
County Monaghan is an inland county in the north midlands of Ireland, a rolling landscape of drumlins, lakes, and tiny fields. The Monaghan Way is a 64km-long linear walking route that links Monaghan town with the pretty village of Iniskeen, near the birthplace of poet and novelist Patrick Kavanagh, via the town of Castleblaney. The terrain of the first part of the route south from Monaghan consists mainly of a prolonged, 44 kilometres of meandering narrow tarmac side roads and about 9km on main road, but there are a couple of short woodland path and field sections. The remaining 20 km of the route passes through a variety of terrain, including more narrow tarmac roads but with leafy boreens, short lakeside stretches and pleasant stretches along the River Fane and an old disused railway line. The modern town of Monaghan, established in the early 17th century, has some fine buildings, including the 1792 Market House, now the tourist office.