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Top things to do in Cavan!

Here are our 10 ten things to do in Cavan. If you would like to view/download our most recent leaflet on things to do in Cavan to your phone or smart device, you can do so by clicking here.

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

Canoeing near Cloughoughter Castle on Lough Oughter

2. Wander through time in Cavan Burren Park.  Situated in picturesque West Cavan in the heart of the Geopark, Cavan Burren Park is home to megalithic tombs, dramatic landscapes, amazing myths and legends and a stillness and serenity that is beyond special.

Blacklion girls Danielle McLoughlin and Laura O'Donnell

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. Cycle or walk the ‘Killykeen Way’ – a 12km lake-dotted trail linking Killykeen Forest Park and the village of Killeshadra.  Explore the remaining 15KM of off-road safe cycling and walking trails also available in the park. Toilets and tea/coffee available. Click here for more information and to see a map of the trail.


5. Climb the Cuilcagh Boardwalk nicknamed the Stairway to Heaven! Now a bucket list walking trail, the Stairway to Heaven The route meanders through a large expanse of blanket bog, traversing over tracks, boardwalk and staircase. A steep climb is required to reach the viewing platform on Cuilcagh Mountain which provides breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. For more information click  here.. 

Cuilcagh boardwalk

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


7. Build your own bear at Bear Essential & Silver Bear Centre, 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!

Cavan Bear Essentials

8. Go waterbiking at Carafin Lough near Butlersbridge, just outside Cavan town! Get peddling across the water on this fun, exciting, new experience. Visit for more information. Published on 14/03/2021 – unfortunately now closed


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. Or go paddling in Killykeen Forest Park. Canoes, kayaks and bikes for hire in the park (by the footbridge) on summer weekends with Cavan Adventure Centre. 


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.  Visit the Oak Rooms in Cavan town for a divine culinary experience or head down to Gearoid Lynch’s (Fáilte Ireland food champion) Olde Post Inn  just down the road in Cloverhill or head for an amazing food experience in Farnham Estate’s Cedar Rooms or the Slieve Russell’s Setanta Restaurant or join a ‘pop-up’ event in Richard Corrigan’s Virginia Park Lodge. Visit Created in Cavan


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!

Photo: Lorraine Teevan

12. Walk the Dreamscape trail on beautiful and historic outdoor art exhibition on Turbet Island in Belturbet. The 1km trail along the dramatic River Erne encompasses thirteen peices of art along the way. Click here for more.

Turbet Island, Cavan

13. 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.


14. Walk the Cavan Way – 26Km gentle linear picturesque national way-marked trail through Geopark landscapes between the villages of Blacklion and Dowra  Click here for map. 

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