Where to begin

Cavan is a walker's place. Here we have a great range of places to pace through.

Walk along the river and canal paths between towns with a flask of soup and a companion or three. Try gently rolling drumlins one day and upland blanket bogs the next. Enjoy the tranquility of forest walks in Kingscourt, Cavan, Virginia and Bailieborough.

Visit the Marble Arch Caves Geopark – accredited by UNESCO – a special place spanning the uplands of Cavan and Fermanagh. By foot, neolithic Ireland reveals itself quietly as you stroll along. In ancient woods you get a feeling for why our ancestors picked this place over others.Home to some of the most beautiful forest walks in the country, Cavan has ample choice for getting out and exploring the great outdoors. 

Or walk the Cavan Way from Dowra to Blacklion past the Shannon Pot – the source of the Shannon – a place of rich folklore.

Cavan Walking Festival takes place every May with guided walks taking place over a week throughout the county. A really enjoyable week of walking is promised with mountainous walks, forest paths, lakeside trails and canal paths to name a few.

Download the Cavan Walking Guide for maps and information on all marked walks in Cavan.

Bawnboy Loop

Bawnboy, Co. Cavan

Located at the southern foot of Slieve Rushen,  1km west of Bawnboy, this 5km looped walk, offers a moderate grade of walking for visitors.

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Canal Walk

Ballyconnell

Distance: 5km | Grade: Easy
Terrain: Canal shore and forest path

Part of Fáilte Ireland’s Looped Walks Network

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Castle Lake Walk

Bailieborough

Distance: 3km or 7km | Grade: Easy
Terrain: forest park and lake shore on secure paths around the Castle Lake.

Part of Failte Ireland’s Looped Walks Network

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Castle Saunderson Demesne

Cloverhill, Cavan

Historic estate with marked trail outlining the story of the castle and the people who lived there including Col. Edward Saunderson, the ‘father of modern unionism’

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Cavan Way

Blacklion - Dowra

Distance: 26km
Terrain: West Cavan Uplands

A stunning walk through the uplands of West Cavan

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Deerpark Forest Walk

Virginia

Distance: 5.5km | Grade: Easy
Terrain: Lakeshore & forest path

A Sli na Slainte route

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Dun a Ri Forest Park

north of Kingscourt on the R179 to Carrickmacross

Scenic and historic forest park with 4 marked trails (including access for all trail), flora and fauna, sculpture trail, picnic benches.

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Erica’s Fairy Forest

Cootehill

A magical, Fairy Forest dedicated to the memory of Erica Ní Draighneain, (2010-2016). A place full of wonder, where adventure awaits all..

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Flemings Folly

Cavan Road, Ballinagh

Distance: 5K
Terrain:  Forest path

A scenic walk to Flemings Folly - a historic tower overlooking Ballinagh with stunning views of the countryside.

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Heritage Town Trails

If you like to mix history with your walking Cavan, Cootehill and Belturbet are great historic towns with signage & information.

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Jampa Ling Tibetan Buddhist Retreat

Owendoon House, Bawnboy

A meditation and retreat centre on a beautiful 19th Century estate. Accommodation available.

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Killeshandra Lake & Forest Walk

Killeshandra

Distance: 6km
Grade: Easy/Moderate
Terrain: Forest path

Part of Failte Ireland’s Looped Walks Network

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Killykeen Forest Park

Killykeen Forest Park
(From Cavan take the R198 to Killeshandra. From Killeshandra take the R198 to Cavan)

Beautiful forest park wrapped around the Lough Oughter Lake system. Walks, cycle trails, picnic benches and swimming.

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Lough an Leagh

Kingscourt

Distance: 7 km | Grade: Moderate
Terrain: Mountain and forest paths

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Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark

Cavan & Fermanagh

Recognised by UNESCO for unique geological landscapes, the Geopark spans the uplands of Cavan and Fermanagh.

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