TOP 5: Things EVERYONE must experience in Co. Cavan

Cavan is a lake county, but this fact is not known even in Ireland. The county has around 365 lakes and attracts a lot of fishermen. Cavan also hosts Sea Angling festivals. But there is slightly more to Cavan that lakes alone. Let us discover other points of interest below.

1. Dun A Ri Forest Park


The nearly-600-acre Dun na Ri Forest Park lies by Kingscourt along the banks of River Cabra. There are four walks within the park of about 2km in distance and all with few highlights and ample, diverse wildlife to explore. You are likely to spot some wild animals along the way too. The remains of Fleming’s Castle can be appreciated as well as several other ruins and bridges. One of the points of interest is Sarah’s Bridge, built in 1801, it is the starting point of many of the walks in the park. Holy Well, Ice House, Toba na Splinne, and Cromwell’s Bridge make up the main sites in the park. Perfect place for a picnic too. Park has a dedicated car park.

2. Cavan Burren Park


Not far off Wild Atlantic Way for anyone who really would like to step back in time and see unique landscapes – some of most important archaeology in Ireland is here. This is the most picturesque part of Cavan. The views are fantastic from here over Cavan. Park is free to enter and offers a variety of walking trails suitable for different fitness levels.  It is a heaven for photographers, especially on a clear day. Site has visitor information and walks are all multi-coloured to represent difficulty levels. There are bathroom facilities, which are well-maintained.

3. Cavan County Museum


The museum is located in Ballyjamesduff village, about 20 mins drive from Cavan town. Every artefact inside this museum is authentic. The museum has several floors of historical information. Outside of the museum, there is a replica of the Second World War trenches and it is wonderful to pace through it. There are also about a dozen exhibitions, which include GAA, Medieval, The Great Feminine and others. The star of the museum is the Archeology Room, which includes artefacts dating back to 900-500 BC.

4. Bear Essentials


Love soft toys, looking for an original gift or just want to amuse yourself or your kids for a little while? This place is a heaven for an adult and child alike. And been serving community and visitors for over 15 years. Travel back to your childhood in the gift shop at Bear Essentials, inspecting the unique collection of limited edition Teddy Bears or take part in one of the many teddy bear workshops and events taking place throughout the year. Take home your own handmade teddy bear or chose from a range of other toys. This wonderful shop also features works of local craftspeople, photographers and others. Different type of classes for children take place at Easter, Summer and Halloween. The shop is located in the village of Bawnboy and every July they even host a Teddy Bear festival!

5. Discover an Unknown Walking Trail


Cavan is a beautiful and rural county which is far from a tourist hotspot, yet, there is so much beauty to see. There are many scenic walks and hikes you can take part in so why not choose one and see where it takes you! You can find information about the best walks by CLICKING HERE.