There are plenty of lakes in Monaghan and this is one of the nicest ones we know, both for swimming and walking. Muckno is an attractive estate, incorporating a golf course, bar/restaurant and the impressive lake.
As you go through the entrance gates a sharp left turn and a bumpy road will bring you to the area called Black Island. There is parking here and then you cross a bridge and take a right turn into the forest. A short walk will bring you to an open grassy area, where there are wooden benches and access to the water.
Going in is a little bit stony, but the water is fresh and the views down the lake impressive. Like all lakes you should swim carefully and along the shore.
After your swim, there are attractive walks through the forest or you can repair to the bar in Hope Castle.
Castleblayney is located on the N2 between Dublin and Monaghan town. Coming from Dublin when you arrive into ‘Blayney you take a right turn at the T junction in the town which will bring you to the gateway entrance to Muckno. When you go through the gates take a left turn down a bumpy road and park at the bridge. When you cross the bridge follow the forest path to the right which will bring you shortly to the swimming spot.