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Local Attractions

Walking Attractions

The Cavan Way
The Cavan Way is a pleasant hill and valley walking connection between the Leitrim Way at Dowra, a small village near the source of the River Shannon and the Ulster Way at Blacklion. Following generally the course of the young river to its source at the mystical Shannon 'Pot', the walk traverses quiet valley and riverside landscapes to the more unenclosed uplands of the spring line of the river's source. The walker will enjoy the upland section between the 'Pot' and Blacklion, which includes the forested Burren area and its cemetery of ancient tombs, stone megaliths and monuments. Fine views are obtained from these elevated upland areas.

Dun an Rí Forest Park
Dun na Rí Forest Park near Kingscourt, is a place of surprising contrasts. There are romantic walks through deep, leafy glades over old bridges. At one spot the trees clear, giving marvellous views north to Slieve Gullion in Co. Armagh and the Mountains of Mourne. The park once belonged to the Pratts, a local landlord family. Visitors can see the ice house where they stored food in the days before refrigerators. The centrepiece of the park is perhaps the Wishing Well.

Killykeen Forest Park 
Five miles west of Cavan town is Killykeen Forest Park, in the heart of Cavan's lakelands. Marked trails lead into the dark forests where visitors can view the park's fauna and flora, disturbed only by the sound of birdsong and the rippling waters of Lough Erne. Killykeen is a special place in all seasons and at all times.

Arts & Theatre

The arts scene is vibrant in County Cavan with a variety of local music and cultural festivals taking place throughout the year. The Dancing in the Drumlins Set Dancing Festival takes place in January while both the County Drama Festival and the NYAH Traditional Arts Festival take place annually in March.

Traditional music sessions frequently take place throughout the county with the Wednesday night session in the Farnham Arms Hotel on the Main Street in Cavan town a favourite.

For a full list of festivals and events in Cavan please visit the Events page on this website. Click here to visit the Cavan Arts website.

The Ramor Theatre
Main St, Virginia t: +353 (0)49 854 7074
e: ramortheatre@cavancoco.ie w: www.ramortheatre.ie

The Ramor Theatre in Virginia is a fully equipped performance venue which operates a full programme of music, drama and dance events. The programme includes jazz, traditional, opera, contemporary, drama and classical www.ramortheatre.ie

The Gonzo Theatre
The Imperial, Main Street, Cavan
t: +353 (0)87 1689430 / +353 (0)86 1275310
e: thegonzotheatre@gmail.com  w: www.thegonzotheatre.com

The Gonzo Theatre aims is a dedicated space for new and experimental ideas in theatre, comedy and music. We hope to enable artists to create work of high quality and ambition, while cultivating an atmosphere of adventure and creative enquiry for audiences and artists alike. Apart from our in-house productions it will be a receiving venue for cutting edge and innovative performers in all art forms. It will also be the only licensed theatre venue in County Cavan visit www.thegonzotheatre.com

Cavan County Museum
Virginia Road, Ballyjamesduff  t: +353 (0)49 854 4070
e: ccmuseum@eircom.net   w: www.cavanmuseum.ie

Cavan County Museum has an extensive collection of galleries which charter the historic, economic and social development of County Cavan since it was founded. The museum is frequently used as gallery to display art, photography and other exhibitions. The arts spaces at the Johnston Library, Farnham Street, Cavan and the libraries in Cootehill and Bailieborough present an annual programme of community and arts activities.

Equestrian

Cavan's beautiful and rugged countryside can also be enjoyed from the saddle. See below for details of excellent riding schools offering a variety of activities from trekking to hourly lessons.

Ross House Equestrian Centre
Mountnugent t: +353 (0)49 854 0218  e: rosshouse@eircom.net 

Set in 36 acres of private parkland, the family-run Ross Equestrian Centre is the perfect base for riding holidays and weekend breaks. The purpose-built cross country course with scenic trails along Lough Sheelin promises riders of all levels enjoyable and exciting rides. Ross House offer lessons, breaking, schooling, livery and sale of quality horses and ponies.

Redhills Equestrian Centre Killynure
Redhills  t: +353 (0)47 55042

Redhills is a family run centre specialising in children’s holidays and progressive teaching. Twenty cross country fences are designed for training horse and rider. Indoor and outdoor arenas. Accommodation for children available. Adult accommodation arranged locally. Summer pony camps also available.

The Rock Equestrian Farm
Stonewall, Bailieborough t: +353(0)42 966 5970

25 Cross Country fences including water jumps, stone walls, banks and a variety of other solid fences. Our guests can enjoy leisurely rides around the Cross Country track with the choice of a beginner's track or the more challenging track for the experienced, confident rider.

Cavan Equestrian Centre
Latt, Cavan
t: +353 (0)49 433 2017  e: info@cavanequestrian.ie  www.cavanequestrian.com

Cavan Equestrian Centre specialises in Horse & Pony International Performance Sales involving Showjumpers, Hunters and Eventers. The centre also stages weekly show jumping events and national and international showjumping events.

Cruising

Dotted with shimmering lakes and rivers, County Cavan is a genuine boater's paradise. The Rivers Shannon and Erne and the Shannon-Erne Waterway (the canal linking the two) provide hours of boating time through peaceful countryside with many small villages to be visited along the way. Cruisers can be hired from Emerald Star in Belturbet, Co Cavan and from Kingfisher Boating Holidays, also in Belturbet.

The Shannon – Erne Waterway
The Shannon-Erne Waterway links the great rivers of Shannon and Erne, connecting Counties Cavan and Leitrim. It traverses 62.5 kms of lake and river and still canal sections. The waterway has 16 fully automatic locks, 34 stone bridges and 6 fully serviced mooring areas and is Europe's longest navigable Inland waterway.

The waterway exquisitely weaves together the streams, rivers and lakes picturesquely scattered between Leitrim Village and the River Erne. The Waterway meets the Erne at Belturbet in County Cavan and from there; the vast expanse of the River Erne is open to you. The variety of landscape and wildlife, as well as the great historical and archaeological sites en route, guarantee your enjoyment of this superb and peaceful waterway.

The River Erne
Eighty-four km of the majestic River Erne is navigable from Belturbet to Belleek in Co Fermanagh. There is only one lock on the system, Portora Lock. Services are located at many locations along the river. It is truly unspoilt and tranquil leisure oriented expanse of water for boating enthusiasts and game and coarse anglers.

Further Information

For maps and guides to both the Shannon - Erne Waterway and River Erne, visit the website of Waterways Ireland www.waterwaysireland.org or the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland www.iwai.ie

Cruise Hire Companies
Emerald Star
Belturbet, Co Cavan
t: +353 (0)71 962 7633
e: info@emeraldstar.ie
web: www.emeraldstar.ie

Kingfisher Boating Holidays
Belturbet, Co Cavan
Contact: Quivy Marina
t: +353 (0)86 6383923
e: info@boatingholidaysireland.com 
For further information on activities in Co Cavan please click here

Christian Heritage Sites – Co Cavan

St. Kilian's Heritage Centre
Mullagh, Co Cavan t: +353 (0)46 924 2433 e: stkiliancentre@eircom.net

St. Kilian's Heritage Centre celebrates the life and times of Kilian, a 7th Century saint born in Mullagh. During his mission to modern-day Germany, Kilian was martyred, and is now one of the patron saints of Wurzburg in Germany. His life and death are represented through artifacts and an audio-visual presentation in the heritage centre.
Ogham stones found in Cavan can be seen at the centre. A craft shop, tourist information point and tea room with home-made tea, scones and apple tarts is available. Mullagh is located 10km from Virginia on the R194. Virginia is located on the main N3 (future M3) Dublin – Cavan – Donegal Road.

Opening times : Easter to Oct: Tues-Fri 10am - 6pmSat, Sun and Bank Holidays 2pm - 6pm
Adm : Adults €3 Students, OAPs & Groups, €2.50

Cathedral of St. Feidhlimidh
Kilmore, Cavan, Co. Cavan  t: +353 (0)49 433 7168 or 433 1918

The Cathedral is situated on a wooded hill not far from the shores of Lough Oughter. According to tradition, it is in this picturesque landscape of that St. Fethlimidh founded a small church in the 6th century.
In 1152 the first Cathedral was built in the vicinity and in 1454, the parish church of Kilmore became the Cathedral. Following the reformation in the 16th century, it continued as a Cathedral for the Church of Ireland. The present Cathedral was completed in 1860. Kilmore is located on the right 5km from Cavan town on the R198.

Drumlane Abbey Milltown, Co. Cavan
Drumlane monastic site is located just outside the small village of Milltown, about 4 miles from Belturbet. The monastery occupies a very scenic site on the edge of Derrybrick Lake. It was reputedly founded by St. Mogue, the Bishop of Ferns, in the 6th century, though some have argued that St. Columcille was the original founder and that St. Mogue simply re-established it.
About 150 metres from the church there are a series of earthworks which probably represent the remains of the 12th Century Augustinian Priory. The Priory may have been demolished after the suppression of the monasteries in the 15th and 16th centuries. Drumlane Abbey is located 1km outside the village of Milltown not far from Belturbet.