Located in 1,000 acres of undulating Irish countryside, dotted with ancient woodlands and glittering lakes, Castle Leslie Estate, is a stunningly beautiful secluded estate in Glaslough, County Monaghan. Still in the hands of its founding family, it is steeped in history and full of character and charm.
Castle Leslie Estate is the ultimate Irish rural escape. Only 80 minutes from Dublin and 60 minutes from Belfast, Castle Leslie Estate boasts a variety of accommodation and activities to suit all tastes. Situated on the border, in many ways it got frozen in time, it was spared the excess of the celtic tiger,and is one of the most complete intact estates in Ireland.
The Leslie Family can trace its ancestry back to Atilla the Hun. The first Leslie came from Scotland and was a Hungarian nobleman called Bartholomew Leslie. He was the chamberlain and protector of Margaret Queen of Scotland. The family motto ‘Grip Fast’ originated through him. While fleeing enemies Queen Margaret rode pillion on the back of Bartholomew's horse.
When fording a river, the queen fell off and Bartholomew threw her the end of his belt and told her to grip fast the buckle. He saved the Queen's life and from that day on wards she bestowed the motto Grip Fast on the Leslies.