What the town offers
This is Cootehill
There is a good accommodation base locally with rooms available in the four-star Errigal Hotel and several B&Bs and self-catering properties. Bellamont Forest is located on the edge of the town and is home to one of the most architecturally significant houses in the country – Bellamont House. (Now in private ownership). Other attractions locally include Erica’s Fairy Forest and nearby Tanagh Outdoor Education Centre.
Cootehill is located near the Cavan – Monaghan border in Ireland’s Ancient East. Cootehill was formally established as a market town in 1725 when Thomas Coote obtained a charter to hold markets and fairs; thereafter strong ties to the Irish linen industry were cultivated. A description from 1844 states: “The town is comparatively well-built and respectively inhabited; and is not equalled in appearance by any place between it and Dublin except Navan.”
The Dromore River provides good opportunities for angling and watersports and there are outdoor activity providers locally offering canoeing and kayaking experiences. Haltons amenity area on the outskirts of the town has changing facilities and forms a trailhead point for several walks. The Cavan Kayakarun event has established itself in the adventure race annual calendar every August. There is excellent coarse and pike angling in the locality with fishing available in the many waterways surrounding the town. The Cootehill Championship Fishing Festival is an annual event attracting over 100 anglers to the town for five days in September.