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.
Distance: 5km | Grade: Easy
Terrain: Canal shore and forest path
Part of Fáilte Ireland’s Looped Walks Network
Terrain: West Cavan Uplands
A stunning walk through the uplands of West Cavan
R179 Kingscourt to Carrickmacross Rd. Walking trail from Kingscourt (GAA grounds)
Scenic, historic forest park with walking trails (inc. access for all), nature, sculpture trail, picnic benches.
Terrain: Forest path
Part of Failte Ireland’s Looped Walks Network
Killykeen Forest Park
Between Killeshandra and Cavan town
Wrapped around Lough Oughter. Walking and cycle trails, picnic benches and swimming. Coffee dock and toilet facilities. Home to CABU luxury lodges.
Distance: 7 km | Grade: Moderate
Terrain: Minor road and trackway
Start at St. Patrick’s Hall in Glangevlin
The Killykeen Way
Terrain: Greenway along shores of Lough Oughter linking Killykeen Forest Park and Killeshandra
Trailhead: Killykeen Forest Park or The Pleasure Lake, Cavan Road, Killeshandra
Situated on the River Erne. 1km walking trail. Picnic benches. Home to the Dreamscape outdoor art exhibition.