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