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.

Mullagh Hill Walk


Distance: 2km | Grade: Moderate
Terrain: Steep path

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Nun’s Walk


Cavan County Museum, Ballyjamesduff
Distance: 2km | Grade: Easy

A family friendly walk in the grounds of the county museum.

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Sean Eamon Ruairi Trail


Distance: 7 km | Grade: Moderate
Terrain: Minor road and trackway
Start at St. Pat’s Hall in Glangevlin

Shantemon Mountain

Shantemon Mountain, outside Cavan Town

Shantemon is home to an ancient monument known as Fionn McCumhaill’s Fingers; 5 Ancient stones that legend says, are the fingers of the mythical giant and leader of Na Fianna, who lies asleep beneath the earth, ready to rise in Ireland’s hour of need.

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