Walking & Cycling

Where to begin

Cavan is a walker's place.

Walk along lake-dotted landscapes or atmospheric forests with a flask of coffee and a companion or three. Visit the UNESCO Geopark, a special place spanning the uplands of Cavan and Fermanagh. A highlight is Cavan Burren Park and its four marked trails. By foot, Neolithic Ireland reveals itself quietly as you stroll along. Cycle the ‘Killykeen Way’ a gloriously beautiful 12km cycle trail linking Killykeen Forest Park with the village of Killeshandra.

Perhaps walk the 26km Cavan Way from Dowra to Blacklion past the Shannon Pot – the source of the mighty River Shannon.

Download the Cavan Walking Guide for maps and information and keep an eye out for the Cavan Walking Festival which takes place every May.

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Ballyconnell Canal Walk

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

Part of Fáilte Ireland’s Looped Walks Network

1 Main Street, Ballyconnell, County Cavan, H14 EY03, Ireland
Bawnboy Loop

Distance: 5km Grade: Easy Terrain: Forest track, located at the southern foot of Slieve Rushen, 1km west of Bawnboy

Bawnboy, Corville, County Cavan, Ireland
Castle Lake Walk

Distance: 3km or 7km | Grade: Easy
Terrain: forest path along lake shore around Castle Lake. Part of Failte Ireland’s Looped Walks Network

Drumkeery, Bailieborough, County Cavan, Ireland
Castle Saunderson Demesne

Marked 1km trail telling the story of the Demesne including Col. Edward Saunderson, the ‘father of modern unionism’

Cloverhill, Belturbet, County Cavan, H14 X650, Ireland
Cavan Burren Park

Distance: 4 trails / 10km in total

Terrain: Accessible, boardwalk through megalithic landscapes

Burren, Blacklions, County Cavan, Ireland
Cavan Way

Distance: 26km
Terrain: West Cavan Uplands

A stunning walk through the uplands of West Cavan

Blacklion, Dowra, Co. Cavan
Cuilcagh Boardwalk (Stairway to Heaven)

Distance: 11km Grade: Difficult Terrain:  Wooden boardwalk to a viewing platform on mountain summit with breathtaking views.

Wheathill, Northern Ireland, BT92 1DP, United Kingdom
Cuilcagh Lakelands Geopark

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

Main Street, Blacklion, County Cavan, Ireland
Deerpark Forest Walk

Distance: 5.5km | Grade: Easy Terrain: Lakeshore & forest path. A Sli na Slainte route

Deerpark, Virginia, County Cavan, Ireland
Dun an Rí Forest Park

Scenic, historic forest park with walking trails, sculpture trail, picnic benches. €5 adm per car – pay at gate. Walking link from Kingscourt (GAA grounds).

Carrickmacross Road, Kingscourt, County Cavan, Ireland
Erica's Fairy Forest

A magical fairy forest dedicated to the memory of Erica Ní Draighneain, (2010-2016)

Fairgreen, Cootehill, County Cavan, Ireland
Flemings Folly

Distance: 5K
Terrain: Forest path

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

Cauhoo, Ballinagh, County Cavan, Ireland
Killeshandra Lake & Forest Walk

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

Part of Failte Ireland’s Looped Walks Network

Main Street, Killeshandra, County Cavan, Ireland
Killykeen Forest Park

Wrapped around Lough Oughter. Walking and cycle trails inc the Killykeen Way greenway, picnic benches, lake swimming, coffee,  toilets. Home to CABU lodges.

Corratober, Killeshandra, County Cavan, Ireland
Killykeen Way Greenway

Distance: 12km greenway linking Killykeen Forest Park and Killeshandra Terrain: Tarmacked path

Trailhead: Killykeen or The Pleasure Lake, Cavan Road, Killeshandra

Corratober, Killeshandra, County Cavan, Ireland
Lough an Leagh

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

R165, Kingscourt, County Cavan, Ireland
Mullagh Hill Walk

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

1 Abhainn Dubh, Mullagh, County Cavan, A82 R2F6, Ireland
Nun's Walk

2km family friendly walk in the grounds of Cavan County Museum. Children’s playground, coffee shop, WW1 Trench Experience and GPO outdoor experience also available.

Virginia Rd, Kilmore, Ballyjamesduff, County Cavan, A82 YP70, Ireland
Sean Eamon Ruairi Trail

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

Mully Upper, Glangevlin, County Cavan, Ireland
Shantemon Mountain

Fionn McCumhaill’s Fingers – five ancient stones reputed to belong to a mythical giant who lies asleep beneath the earth.

Shantemon, Cavan, County Cavan, Ireland
Tullynally Castle & Gardens

A neogothic castle, tearooms and world famous gardens

Tullynally Castle, Castlepollard, County Westmeath, N91 HV58, Ireland
Turbet Island Motte & Bailey

1km walking trail along the River Erne. Picnic benches. Home to the Dreamscape outdoor art exhibition.

1 Sean Lee Drive, Belturbet, County Cavan, H14 FN23, Ireland
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