Ireland’s Ancient East IrelandsAncientEast_Logo_Col-400

Clones the perfect base for visiting the most Northern tip of Ireland’s Ancient East and all the wonders this area has to offer.

Clones is also located on the border with Northern Ireland, allowing visitors easy access to travel North and South of the border, meeting great characters of the region and hearing the great stories about the history of our famous borderlands.

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Located in the West of County Monaghan, with the Creighton Hotel in Clones as your base you can easily visit Monaghan, Cavan and Fermanagh and cross from the Republic of Ireland into Northern Ireland and back in a short journey around Clones.






Local Trails and attractions in Clones on Ireland’s Ancient East.

Clones Heritage Trail

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Self Guide or Guided Tour (Advance booking for guided tour)


Clones Town began as a monastic settlement c.500, when St Tiernach founded his monastery there and this was the most important site in Monaghan for centuries afterwards.

The trail starts at the old market house and goes on to visit the high cross, St. Tiernach’s church, motte and bailey fort, St. Tiernach’s grave, The Cassandra Hand Centre and the canal stores. Walkers will learn about the Gaelic chiefs, the McMahons, how the town suffered during the famine and how the establishment of the Irish Free State effected Clones, the improvement of Clones in the 19th Century, especially with the coming of the railways and the unsuccessful Ulster Canal and how there are new plans to revive it.

Clones Area within 10kilometres and a day travelling around the area:

Clones is located at the Furthermost tip of Ireland’s Ancient East:

With Clones as your base you can spend a few days exploring what this unique beautiful area of Ireland has to offer. Within 10 kilometres of Clones you can visit some of Ireland most beautiful  Ancient and historic Structures.

Crom Castle

Travel west 10 kilometres into County Fermanagh and visit the fabulous setting of Crom Castle Estate (19th Century Castle & old castle ruins 17th Century). Appointment recommended

Castle Saunderson

Travel South West 10 kilometres into Cavan and visit the amazing ruins of castle Saunderson (14th century). The Castle grounds are now International Scout Centre.

Hilton Park

Travelling South 5kilometres and you can see the Hilton Park an 18th Century Stately home and gardens. Visit this beautiful home and walk the fine garden’s. (Appointment Required).

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Travel east to the 500 Acre The Tyrone Guthrie Centre  a retreat for creative artists at Annaghmakerrig, NewblissCounty MonaghanIreland, founded in 1981.