Activities available to guests

Castle Leslie is a charming rural destination for those searching for outdoor adventures. 80 minutes from Dublin, 60 minutes from Belfast and a million miles from anywhere…

During your stay, wander 1,000 acres of undulating Irish countryside, filled with majestic woodlands and lakes. There are many attractions to see; from the Equestrian Centre and working farm, to the unique flora and fauna and historical sites. These include building ruins, a Gothic Lodge, Walled Garden originating from 1850, the Pinetum, St. Salvator’s Church and an Integrated Wetlands project.

There is a host of outdoor activities to avail of at Castle Leslie Estate including;


There are a variety of exceptional walks, from short jaunts to long leisurely strolls. Wander throughout the Estate grounds and around the village of Glaslough. Breath in the fresh country air and stunning scenery as you walk throughout the beautiful landscape of our estate. With several walks mapped out, all of which containing stunning scenery, Castle Leslie Estate has something for everyone.


At Castle Leslie Estate, we source our picnic ingredients from our superb local suppliers and prepare it in ways that work al fresco. Think of Irish cheeses, fresh bread, seasonal fruit and vegetables prepared simply and packed carefully. We’ve thoughtfully chosen several idyllic spots for the perfect picnic in our beautiful 1,000-acre Estate. We’ll pack up the most perfect picnics for you to enjoy and leave you to it.

Horse Riding

Castle Leslie Estate offers an idyllic setting for outdoor activity and adventure. Catering for intermediate to advanced riders, it is the perfect place to discover the thrill of exploring the beautiful Irish countryside on horseback. We welcome riders of all age groups, as long as you’re over seven! We offer expert tuition, gentle hacks and exhilarating cross-country rides.


The Leslie family have been the custodians of the stunning ‘Glaslough’ or Green Lake for generations. The lake is brimming with monster pike, and fishermen widely consider it to be one of Ireland’s best preserved loughs. In fact, in 1991 a fisherman reeled in a catch weighing 38lb 9oz (17.5kg) and broke Ireland’s 18 year record.  Fishing is charged per rod (person) per day and includes the use of a boat.


Enjoy a morning or afternoon boating on our glistening Glaslough Lake or ‘Green Lake’.  While away the hours by relaxing on one of our boats and admire the stunning scenery all around you including our ancient woodlands, gardens and of course our beautiful Castle.

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

Journey back in time on an enchanting carriage ride through the tree-lined avenues and bridleways, sit back and be charmed by what awaits you on your personal tour of the most beautiful areas of the Estate. Our Stately horse and experienced driver make this jaunt a perfect way to enhance a visit to the Estate.


As we are an equine playground and working farm, Castle Leslie Estate is not a suitable environment for bicycles. However, bicycles can be hired locally from Glaslough Village and guests are welcome to follow an abundance of recommended routes and take in the scenery in the surrounding area.

Glaslough Village Heritage Trail App

The name Glaslough is derived from the Irish translation ‘calm or green lake’, the picturesque, magical village which is located just outside Castle Leslie Estate in County Monaghan.  Our village is filled with impressive historical and architectural features, beautifully stone cut period buildings and a unique, vibrant and welcoming community.  You can download the Glaslough Village Heritage Trail App which is a free self-guided visitor experience, starting in the heart of Glaslough village at The Diamond, following a 2 kilometre trail around ten fascinating points of interest before ending the tour at Saint Salvator’s church in Castle Leslie Estate.  Click here for further details.


Please contact us at reception for information, prices and to make a booking for any of our onsite activities.


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