New heritage trail at Castle Saunderson Demesne
Cavan County Council launched the new Castle Trail at Castle Saunderson Demesne, Belturbet, County Cavan in March 2017.
Located on the border between Cavan and Fermanagh, in the heart of the UNESCO Geopark, the story of Castle Saunderson is marked by fire and blood, conquest and division, and, finally, peace, reconciliation and multi-culturalism, with an international scouting centre opening adjacent to the castle in 2012. In many ways, the story of Castle Saunderson is reflective of the story of the island of Ireland.
The development of the Castle Trail has seen the original walkways around the castle reinstated, and charts the history of the Saundersons, one of the most significant Anglo-Irish families, and in particular Colonel Edward Saunderson, known as the ‘Hero of the Loyalists’ and the founder of modern Irish Unionism.
While Col. Saunderson’s legacy has largely been forgotten, there is little doubt that he was a giant of 19th century Irish and British politics, and it hoped that this phase one investment in Castle Saunderson will attract visitors to the area, while acknowledging this family’s fascinating story, which takes in Brian Boru, William of Orange, and even infamous Nazi war criminals.
This exciting new addition to the Cavan tourism offering will provide overseas visitors with yet another reason to visit the scenic northern frontier of Ireland’s Ancient East. This new attraction will complement other flagship Ireland’s Ancient East sites such as Cavan Burren Park and Cavan County Museum.
The trail was funded by Ireland’s Ancient East and Cavan County Council. The Castle is open from 9am - 5pm, Monday - Sunday. For further information, contact 00353 49 437 8543
The entrance to Castle Saunderson is shared with Castle Saunderson International Scouting Centre, located on the N54 just outside Cloverhill and Belturbet and only 18km from Cavan town.
Walkers enjoying the new paths around the Castle. Lake Sarah, on the grounds of Castle Saunderson