The Irish countryside is so exquisitely beautiful, and the sights promised by a trip to Monaghan are enough to tempt even the most amateur photographer. As one of the five smallest counties in the country, Monaghan is a microcosm of its surrounding regions, offering everything you’d expect from Ireland in its 800 square miles. It’s known for its Manor Houses and genteel spirit, which are set against its tiny hills. It’s tranquil enough to even soothe the frazzled nerves of London travellers, which it achieves through its lake-based angling, lush fields and remote cruises. If you prefer travelling by car rental, Monaghan has Enterprise branches in nearby Cavan, and further afield, in Londonderry.