5,000 Years of History at Cavan Burren Park

Cavan Burren Park is a unique and prehistoric landscape of monuments, megalithic tombs and spectacular geology. Take a walk though time and explore this dramatic and ancient ice-age valley.

Cavan Burren Park has amazing examples of megalithic tombs, stone walls, ancient rock art, glacial erratics and breathtaking views of Cuilcagh Mountain and the surrounding landscapes of Lough MacNean, Cavan and Fermanagh and the wider Global Geopark. Located just outside Blacklion in West Cavan, visitors will enjoy exploring the visitor centre and four walking trails (inc. multi-access trail).  Interpretation along the way will assist you in unravelling the intriguing layers of human history as you walk. Visitors can also download the free APP or avail of the services of a local guide. Coach and car parking, picnic facilities and toilets are also available. So, connect with the past in Cavan Burren Park. You won’t be disappointed. Check out this recent review of Cavan Burren Park in the Irish Times or visit our website www.cavanburrenpark.ie

      

    Tullygobbin wedge tomb (left)  and the 'calf house' dolmen - two of the megalithic tombs in Cavan Burren Park

What will you find here?

  • 5000 years of history
  • Visitor centre with information on the geological, archaeological, mythological, natural and cultural history of this intriguing landscape
  • Four walking trails inc. a multi-access trail
  • Picnic facilities
  • Coach and car parking
  • Toilet facilities
  • Spectacular views
  • Guides available for guided tours

     

   The inside of the visitor centre and the bog bridge walk through the 'Giant's Leap' in Cavan Burren Park

Location

Cavan Burren Park occupies a large area on the slopes of Cuilcagh Mountain in West Cavan. To get there, head for Blacklion in West Cavan. Take the N16 Sligo Road out of Blacklion. Just before you leave the village take a road to the left signposted 'Cavan Burren'. Follow the signs from here for approximately 4km until you reach Cavan Burren Park. Click here for directions via Google maps.

          

  Tullygobbin wedge tomb at twilight and the view of Cuilcagh Mountain from Cavan Burren Park

History of Cavan Burren Park

Most of the rocks in this area formed over 330 million years ago during the Carboniferous Period when most of Ireland would have been covered by a shallow tropical sea. Probably about 6,000 to 6,500 BP (before present) Neolithic farmers began lay out field systems, building homes and great funeral monuments. These farmers took advantage of the natural resources and built many of these monuments from the pre-existing sandstone boulders of the glacial erratics. These monuments survive, forming an integrated prehistoric landscape. The natural landscape features such as the Giant’s Leap and the Lost Valley dry valleys complement the prehistoric monuments and have been completely integrated into this spiritual landscape.  Cavan Burren Park can be reached easily from the village of Blacklion.  Visit www.cavanburrenpark.ie for more information

         Cavan Burren Park entrance

   Raised boardwalk in Cavan Burren (left) and the entrance with Cuilcagh Mountain in the background

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