Rossmore Forest Park, situated just 3.5km southwest of Monaghan Town on the R189 to Newbliss, is a true gem of County Monaghan. Covering a large area of approximately six by three miles, the park was formerly part of the Barony of Rossmore, created in 1796. Within its bounds, the park encompasses over 320 hectares of deciduous forests, five fishing lakes, and many scenic walking trails.
One of the park's most popular attractions is the network of forest walks, which range from two to four miles in length and are well signposted. The most picturesque of these walks is the Priestfield trail, which leads past the Rossmore family crypt and features a stunning colonnade of yew trees.
Rossmore Forest Park is also home to a fantastic children's play park, as well as a giant sculpture trail and remnants of its past life as an estate. Its forests are primarily deciduous, boasting many fine specimens of oak, ash, spruce, beech, larch, and giant redwood. Additionally, the park features extensive plantings of rhododendron, which create a riot of color in early summer.
Facilities within the park include a spacious car park, clean toilets, picnic tables, litter bins, and a large, weather-protected map of the entire park and its trails. The park's well-maintained paths make it a perfect destination for visitors of all abilities, including wheelchair-bound visitors.
Whether you're seeking a peaceful stroll through nature, a fun day out with the family, or a scenic spot to enjoy a picnic, Rossmore Forest Park has something for everyone to enjoy. So why not plan a visit and discover this beautiful corner of County Monaghan for yourself?