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The Best Summer Activity Breaks in Cavan 2024

Nestled in the heart of Ireland, Cavan is a hidden gem that offers an array of summer activities perfect for visitors seeking both adventure and relaxation. With its stunning lakes, lush forests, and rich cultural heritage, Cavan is an ideal destination for a summer getaway. Here’s a guide to some of the top summer activities that await you in Cavan.

Outdoor Adventures

Cavan Adventure Centre

Cavan’s landscape is dotted with beautiful lakes, making it a paradise for water enthusiasts. From various naturally beautiful kayak and bike trails to a splashtastic water park, Cavan Adventure Centre is the beating heart of unforgettable outdoor fun.


Angling Guides


Cavan is an anglers paradise. With a lake for every day of the year, there is no shortage of beautiful angling spots. Famous for coarse and pike fishing, there are many fine and game angling river stretches and wild brown trout lake fisheries in County Cavan, including the very famous Lough Sheelin brown trout fishery. Why not enlist the expertise from some of our angling guides like Bruno Duboul Angling Guide, Irish Pike Fishing Guides, Lough Sheelin Guiding Services or Norbert Renaud Angling Guide. Find out more here.

Tanagh outdoor adventure centre


Tanagh Outdoor Education and Training Centre has a wide range of water, land and off-site specialist activities to offer including Canoeing, Enclosed Kayaking, Sit on Top Kayaking, Raft Building and more. Find out more here.

Cycling trails


Cycling in Killykeen Forest Park:

Killykeen Forest Park is an outdoor lover’s dream, with well-maintained trails for both cycling and walking. The paths wind through dense forests and along picturesque lakeshores, offering a peaceful and invigorating experience. The park also has designated picnic areas, making it a perfect spot for a family day out.


Feel Good Bikes:

Renting a bike is an excellent way to discover the hidden gems and breath-taking landscapes Cavan has to offer. Cruise along the serene lakeshores, pedal through lush green meadows, or explore historic landmarks at your own pace. With their reliable and top-quality bikes, you can make the most of your Ireland experience with bike hire from Feel Good Bikes. Find out more here.

Tracks and Trails

Cavan Burren

Hiking in Cavan Burren Park

Cavan Burren Park is a must-visit for hiking enthusiasts. This ancient landscape is home to megalithic tombs, glacial erratic’s, and stunning vistas. The park offers several marked trails, ranging from easy walks to more challenging hikes. As you traverse these paths, you’ll encounter fascinating geological formations and historical sites, providing a rich tapestry of nature and history.

Discover Cuilcagh Lakelands Geopark

A visit to Cuilcagh Lakelands Geopark is a journey into the subterranean wonders of Cavan. Guided tours of the Marble Arch Caves reveal spectacular formations and underground rivers. Above ground, the Geopark offers several walking and hiking trails with informative panels about the area’s unique geology and natural history.

Cultural and Heritage Experiences

Step Back in Time at Cavan County Museum

Cavan County Museum is a treasure trove of local history and culture. The museum’s exhibits cover everything from ancient artifacts to modern history, including the remarkable WWI Trench Experience, which provides an immersive glimpse into the lives of soldiers during the Great War.

Visit Clogh Oughter Castle

Experience an authentic Irish adventure

Situated on a small island in Lough Oughter, Clogh Oughter Castle is a captivating historic site. Accessible by boat from Cavan Adventure Centre, this medieval ruin offers a glimpse into Cavan’s storied past and provides a picturesque spot for exploration and photography.

Creative Fun at Bear Essentials

Bear Essentials provides a unique and delightful experience for children and families. The teddy bear workshops allow you to design and create your own teddy bear, making for a fun and creative day out.

Relaxation and Wellness

Indulge at a Cavan Spa

Farnham Estate Spa

Amidst the numerous alluring lakes that lie among the drumlins and lakelands, visitors are immersed in a wide array of treatments and relaxation techniques in a lush land with no end of enjoyable moments. Find out more here.

Tee Off at County Cavan Golf Club

Golf enthusiasts can enjoy a round or two at a number of courses around the County including Slieve Russell PGA National Ireland, County Cavan Golf Club and much more. Enjoy a game set against the backdrop of Cavan’s stunning natural beauty. Find out more here.

Cavan Crystal Hotel Dinning

Cavan is a destination that caters to all tastes and interests, offering a perfect blend of outdoor adventure, cultural exploration, family fun, and relaxation. Whether you’re hiking through ancient landscapes, paddling on tranquil lakes, or indulging in local cuisine at a festival, a summer activity break in Cavan promises unforgettable experiences and cherished memories. So pack your bags and get ready to explore this enchanting part of Ireland.

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