What the town offers
This is Ballyconnell
Located west of Cavan town, Ballyconnell is in in the heart of the Cuilcagh Lakelands UNESCO Geopark in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands. Ballyconnell is a picturesque town, built on the banks of the Woodford River and the start of the Shannon – Erne Canal.
There is a significant accommodation base available in the four-star Slieve Russell Hotel, Golf & Country Club on the outskirts of the town and several B&Bs and self-catering properties locally. The Slieve Russell is one of the largest hotels in the country (outside of Dublin), with an award-winning spa, PGA national golf course, par-three golf course, choice of restaurants, tennis courts and conference facilities. There are several B&Bs and self-catering properties in the town with food available in the Slieve Russell, the Anglers Rest on the main street and other cafes and gastro pubs in the town.
Ballyconnell is perfect for boating, cruising the River Shannon and the River Erne. Cavan Adventure Centre, Carafin Activity Park and the megalithic landscape of Cavan Burren Park, Clogh Oughter Castle, the Shannon Pot, the Marble Arch Caves and the ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Cuilcagh Boardwalk are within 30 minutes of the town. The Woodford River Walk (7K) starts and ends in the town and is a part of the national looped walks network. The Killykeen Greenway and the long-distance Cavan Way are also located within 30 minutes . The Cottage Market promotes local food producers and takes place in the town every month.
B&B accommodation next door to Slieve Russell Hotel, Golf & Country Club
Accommodation, outdoor dining, restaurant, bar and garden.
Michael Priest, Woodford Lodge
Worm farm in Ballyconnell, close to the Shannon – Erne Waterway
Available at the Anglers Rest
Distance: 5km | Grade: Easy
Terrain: Canal shore and forest path
Part of Fáilte Ireland’s Looped Walks Network
Museum & Cultural Centre
Distance: 5km Grade: Easy Terrain: Forest track, located at the southern foot of Slieve Rushen, 1km west of Bawnboy
Specialised Teddy Bear Gift Shop & Crafts Studio Experience. Gardens, playground, events and picnic area. Part of the Craft Studio Experience
Luxury log cabins in the heart of the Cavan lakelands.
Cassidy Holiday Cottages, Cuillighan, Ballyconnell, H14 WT04
Award winning spa with GAIA treatments for both men and women
Recognised by UNESCO for unique geological landscapes, the Geopark spans the uplands of Cavan and Fermanagh. Year round programme of events.
Irish Tackle & Bait. Producer of maggots, bait delivery service and good range of tackle for all venues.
A Buddhist meditation and retreat centre on a beautiful 19th century estate. Accommodation available.
18 holes | Par: 72 | Yards: 7053
Ranked in Golf Digest Top 15 parkland courses in Ireland
Family run restaurant. Serving breakfast, lunch and evening specials.
Acrylic and watercolour traditional Celtic artwork.
Luxury hotel accommodation in a tranquil setting. Set in 300 acres, including 50 acres of lakes, PGA National Golf Course and Ciúin Spa.
A picturesque, mysterious island around which many legends swirl. It is said that on this island, St. Mogue was born.
Wholesome food homemade by Sheila.
Organic farm in the UNESCO Geopark. Close to the Slieve Russell Hotel. An Ideal base for walking, fishing, watersports or golf