Cavan Walking Festival 2018 launched

Renowned travel writer Pól Ó Conghaile has hailed Cavan’s potential to benefit from the growing market from walking tourism as he launched the 2018 Cavan Walking Festival in Templeport this afternoon.

The eighth annual Cavan Walking Festival takes place from 4th to 11th May across County Cavan and Mr Ó Conghaile said Ireland was the ‘Best little walking destination in the world…and Cavan is in a great position to benefit from that”. The National Geographic writer and Irish Independent Travel Editor said walking was “the best adventure” and “gently magical”, and said festivals like Cavan Walking Festival not only presented a great promotional opportunity for Cavan but united communities “behind a common goal”.

This year’s festival will feature 14 walks of varying difficulty, ranging from relaxed strolls to more challenging walks, and walks have been organised from Kingscourt in the east of the county to Blacklion in the west.

Walkers can choose from Geopark walks, night, nature, forest and history rambles, heritage, family and fitness trails and atmospheric dusk walks, along with a hikes for the more experienced.

Most walks are free to attend, while early bird registration for the two walks with entry fees is available now at

The festival was launched at Templeport Community Centre and Chief Executive of Cavan County Council Mr Tommy Ryan noted that the area, along with most of West Cavan, would now feature in the new ‘Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands’ brand unveiled by Fáilte Ireland this week, and said this would enhance the area’s reputation for activities such as walking, rowing, and cycling.

Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council, Cllr Paddy McDonald praise the communities and walking groups that come together, with the support of the local authority, to organise the festival and said the social aspect of the walks played a key role in encouraging people to get active.

Download the 2018 festival brochure (PDF, 7MB)


Photo caption: Pictured at the launch of Cavan Walking Festival in Templeport Community Hall are Cavan County Council Geopark Officer Nuala McCann, Cavan-Belturbet District Engineer Derry Scanlan, Cavan Tourism Officer Gráinne O'Connor, Cathaoirleach Cllr Paddy McDonald, Travel Writer Pól Ó Conghaile, Cavan County Council Chief Executive Tommy Ryan, Heritage Officer Ann Marie Curley and Community Sports Development Officer Áine O'Reilly.

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