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

Located at the southern foot of Slieve Rushen, 1km west of Bawnboy, this 5km looped walk, offers a moderate grade of walking for visitors.

Bawnboy, Corville, County Cavan, Ireland
Castle Lake Walk

Distance: 3km or 7km | Grade: Easy
Terrain: forest park and lake shore on secure paths around the Castle Lake.

Part of Failte Ireland’s Looped Walks Network

Drumkeery, Bailieborough, County Cavan, Ireland
Castle Saunderson Demesne

Historic estate with marked trail outlining the story of the castle and the people who lived there 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
Deerpark Forest Walk

Distance: 5.5km | Grade: Easy
Terrain: Lakeshore & forest path

A Sli na Slainte route

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

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.

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

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.

Corratober, Killeshandra, County Cavan, Ireland
Lough an Leagh

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

R165, Kingscourt, County Cavan, Ireland
Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark

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

43 Marlbank Road, Fermanagh and Omagh, Northern Ireland, BT92 1EW, United Kingdom
Mullagh Hill Walk

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

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

Short 2km family friendly walk in the grounds of the 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

Shantemon is home to Fionn McCumhaill’s Fingers – five ancient stones reputed to be the fingers of the mythical giant who lies asleep beneath the earth, ready to rise in Ireland’s hour of need.

Shantemon, Cavan, County Cavan, Ireland
The Killykeen Way

The Killykeen Way

Distance: 12km

Terrain: Greenway along shores of Lough Oughter linking Killykeen Forest Park and Killeshandra

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

Corratober, Killeshandra, 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

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

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