Top things to do in Cavan!

1. Go paddling on Lough Oughter – visit the serene island castle in the midst of the uninterrupted beauty of Lough Oughter. Boat, canoe and kayak trips for groups and individuals arranged through  or call 00353 87 290 5752

2. Wander through time in Cavan Burren Park.  Situated in picturesque West Cavan in the heart of the Geopark, Cavan Burren is home to megalithic tombs, dramatic landscapes, amazing myths and legends and a stillness and serenity that is beyond special.  So special in fact, that Cavan Burren features in the new Ireland’s Ancient East TV ad.

3. Visit the only World War 1 Trench Experience in Ireland or the UK – swing by Cavan County Museum in Ballyjamesduff and take a walk through an exact replica of a WW1 Trench. While you’re there, visit the 1916 GPO experience and everything else the museum has to offer

4. Sit back and enjoy afternoon tea (or a glass of wine), overlooking the lake in Virginia at St. Kyran’s Country House Hotel.  While you’re there, you might as well stay for dinner and enjoy the wizardry of new head chef Eddie Attwell (of BBC Great British Menu fame)

St Kyran's Country House Hotel, overlooking Lough Ramor

5. Visit Taste of Cavan 2017 and  experience the best of Cavan food produce. and beyond. 100+ food and drinks producers, world-class chefs including Neven Maguire, Richard Corrigan, The Happy Pear, Domini Kemp and lots more. Plenty of activities for kids as well. Adm: €7 with kids under 12 free. Keep an eye on and the Taste of Cavan facebook page for updates

6. Explore our UNESCO Geopark. Get out and about in the spectactular landscapes of West Cavan and Fermanagh this Summer. Take a look at the Summer Events Guide and discover for yourself the wonder of this unique and very special countryside.

7. Build your own bear at Bear Essentials, Bawnboy. Get creative with the kids and join a craft workshop with Anke Morganrath in Bear Essentials. A gem of a place, situated in the foothills of Cuilcagh Mountain, you’re guaranteed a fun, friendly and very entertaining afternoon. You’ll leave with your own hand-made bear to boot!

8. A trip to Killinkere Visitor Farm guarantees you a fun day out. Check out the llamas, guinea pigs, goats, lambs and lots more. Pony rides, feed the animals and  tractor rides. All in all, lots of hands-on farming fun. Located in Lisnagirl, Killinkere (a few miles outside Virginia). t: 049 854 9344

9. We can’t think of anything nicer to do on a sunny afternoon than paddling on the 70km Shannon - Erne Blueway from Belturbet in County Cavan to Leitrim village. If the water’s not for you, there’s also 17km of walking and cycling trails.

10. Cavan’s food reputation is skyrocketing!  Visitors are spoilt for choice with Neven Maguires‘ MacNean House in Blacklion where you’re in the for the most amazing food experience.  Gearoid Lynch (new Fáilte Ireland food champion) and the Olde Post Inn  just down the road in Cloverhill or head for Virginia and  or join a ‘pop-up’ event in Richard Corrigan’s Virginia Park Lodge.

11. Explore miles of forest trails in one of Cavan's forest parks -  some of the most charming in the country.  Famous lakeside Killykeen Forest Park between Cavan town and Killeshandra, celebrated Dun a Rí near Kingscourt, beautiful Castle Lake, Bailieborough and historic Deerpark just outside Virginia are all different but strikingly beautiful in their own right. All with marked trails so there’s no excuses!

12. Hear a story marked by fire and blood at Castle Saunderson, just outside Cloverhill and Belturbet. Take a wander around the castle on a new marked trail, to read a little of the story of the castle and the people who lived there, all the time enjoying the views of the River Finn and the surrounding landscapes.

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