Things to do in Co. Cavan

Co. Cavan, located in the north-central part of Ireland, is a county rich in history and natural beauty. Known for its rolling hills, serene lakes, and vibrant green landscapes, Cavan offers a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. The county is dotted with quaint towns and villages that boast a friendly atmosphere and a deep sense of community. Its unique geological features, including numerous drumlins and over 365 lakes, have earned it the nickname ‘The Lake County.’ This abundance of water bodies makes it a popular destination for fishing, boating, and other water-based activities.

The history of Co. Cavan stretches back thousands of years, with evidence of ancient settlements throughout the area. It played a significant role in Irish history, particularly during the Plantation period in the early 17th century. Today, its rich cultural heritage is celebrated through various festivals, museums, and historical sites that offer insights into both its past and present. From ancient megalithic tombs to medieval castles, Co. Cavan provides a fascinating journey through time for anyone interested in exploring Ireland’s storied past.

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Things not to miss...

  • Cavan County Museum: Discover the rich history of Co. Cavan at this museum located in Ballyjamesduff. The exhibits cover various aspects of local history from prehistoric times to modern day.
  • Killykeen Forest Park: A haven for nature lovers offering walking trails, fishing spots, and picturesque views around Lough Oughter.
  • Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark: Explore stunning underground caves and learn about the geology of this UNESCO-designated site.
  • Cabra Castle Hotel: Experience luxury accommodation in a genuine castle setting amidst beautiful gardens and parkland.
  • Lough Oughter Castle: Visit the ruins of this early medieval castle located on an island within Lough Oughter.
  • Clough Oughter Castle: Another opportunity to explore historic ruins set on an island; accessible only by boat.
  • Dun A Ri Forest Park: Enjoy scenic walks among diverse flora and fauna along with folklore tales associated with this magical forest park.
  • Cavan Town Hall Theatre: Catch live performances ranging from drama to music concerts at this vibrant cultural venue.
  • Virginia Park Lodge: An exquisite country estate offering fine dining experiences along with golfing on its pristine grounds.
  • Bear Essentials & Silver Bear Centre: Engage in craft workshops or shop for handmade teddy bears at this unique attraction.
  • Shannon-Erne Waterway Adventures: Take part in water sports or cruise along this beautiful stretch connecting Shannon to Erne rivers.