Information Cavan Ireland


Welcome To Cavan!

The most southerly of the Ulster counties, is greatly diversified in surface.

Its highest point is Cuilcagh Mountain (2,188 feet) in the mountainous projection of the county, which reaches northwestwards between Counties Leitrim and Fermanagh.

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County Cavan is rarely visited by tourists, relative to other parts of the country. Hill walkers and lake lovers will take to Cavan, as it’s covered in lakes to be enjoyed by anglers. The foothills of the nearby Iron Mountains, meanwhile, can be explored by hikers of any experience. One thing you should be aware of in Ireland is the sign posting, and Cavan is no exception. The country has a unintentional tradition of bad signage, and it may be an idea to consult the Cavan Tourist Office before making a fishing trip, given that you will find innumerable and confusing signs to waterways of interest to fishermen among the other signposts. Add to this the boreens – little roads barely worthy of the name – and driving can be something of a nightmare.

The village of Belturbet is a good place to use as a base if you want to partake in lake activities. The top of Lough Erne breaches the border with County Fermanagh, to be split into a rivulet of small rivers, streams and lakelets. The watercourses – ideal for fishing – finally converge to become the River Erne further south.

Killykeen Forest Park and its associated Equestrian Centre is worth a trip to see and ride the horses. The Redhills Equestrian Centre is also in Cavan.

The Shannon Erne Waterway – also called the Ballyconnell and Ballinamore Canal – can be found at Ballyconnell. It can be navigated by boaters as far as the shores of Lough Erne. The canal was reopened in 1994, and at sixty kilometres long, and it was a boost for the tourism in Ballyconnell. Once a sleepy hamlet, the village is now a hub of activity.

Nature runs a little bleaker in the northwest of Cavan, with the Culcaigh Mountains a favourite for mountaineers, hikers and hillwalkers alike. Use the Ulster Way from Florence Court Forest Park to get to the summit of the range.


General information Cavan

County Cavan (from the Irish An CabhŠn, meaning "The Hollow") is located in the province of Ulster, in the North of Ireland. Cavan, known as " The county that never sleeps", is one of three counties situated in the province of Ulster that is not part of Northern Ireland.

Cavan has nearly 365 lakes, or one for everyday of the year if you ask locals. Cavan Town sits on the junction of two national routes, the N3 to Dublin and N55 to Athlone, making it easily accessible from anywhere in the country.

Accommodation in Cavan

Cavan provides you with a number of accommodation options to suit your requirement and your budget. Bed & Breakfast, Guest Houses, Hostels, Hotels and Farm Houses are some of the possible alternatives for your stay in Cavan.

Hotels in Cavan

Cavan is an excellent base for exploring the Irelandís north, and Cavan hotels allow you to do it with comfort and convenience. Hotels in Cavan include Slieve Russell Hotel in Ballyconnell and the Park Hotel in Virginia.

Bed & Breakfast in Cavan

Bed & breakfast accommodation in Cavan provides you with a comfortable and affordable stay along with deliciously cooked breakfast that will keep your wallet happy. B&B in Cavan includes names such as Farnham House B&B in Cavan Town and Dungimmon House in Ballyconnell.

Cavan Restaurants

Cavan restaurants serve hearty Irish traditional favourites, with more international cuisine also available. Popular restaurants in Cavan include Chapter 1 in Cavan Town and the MacNean House & Restaurant in Blacklion.

Shopping in Cavan

Shopping Cavan is an experience full of old world charm. Cavan town has a reputation as a bustling market town, but there are also a number of chain stores to for those who need their creature comforts.

Cavan Car Rental

Car rentals in Cavan facilitate cars on rent for a pre defined period and according to budget. Some of prime car rentals in Cavan include Cavan Car Hire, Ballyconnel Car Hire, Mullagh Car Hire and Virginia Car Hire.

Cavan Golf

Cavan has many parkland golf courses, including the Slieve Russell and County Cavan Golf Clubs.

Attractions Cavan Ireland

Cavan County Museum - Ballyjamesduff

Located in a superb nineteenth Century building at Virginia Road, Ballyjamesduff, the Museum houses the material culture of Cavan and surrounding districts. Exhibition galleries feature unique Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age and Medieval artefacts. Interesting displays include the pre-Christian Killycluggin Stone and Corleck Head, the 1,000 year old Lough Errol Canoe, eighteenth Century Cavan Mace and Lavey Sheela na Gigs. The GAA Gallery was recently opened and has attracted a wealth of Sports Enthusiasts.

Cavan Crystal - Cavan

Situated on the N3 just minutes from Cavan town, they offer the visitor comfy sofas to relax in, open fires and local/nationally produced crafts. The restaurant designed by Irish craftsmen boasts an array of home cooked food. The audio-visual theatre gives visitors an insight into the craft of mouth-blown, hand-cut crystal and a brief history of Cavan and its environs.

Drumline Monastic Site - Milltown

An idyllic setting between Lakes Drumlane and Derrybrick. A round tower and church mark the sixth century monastic site. The church building dates from thirteenth or fourteenth century and is located half a mile form Milltown village.

Lifeforce Mill - Millrock

A beautifully restored, fully working flourmill powered by Ireland's oldest waterturbine, Macadam 1846. A tour of the mill begins with each visitor making and baking his or her own loaf of brown bread which is baked while the tour takes place. All the original equipment is still used to produce Lifeforce stoneground wholemeal flour. After the tour you will return to the impressive stone coffee shop to collect your bread, hot out of the oven!

Saint Killian's Heritage Centre - Mullagh

Saint Killian was born in Mullagh, County Cavan in 640 AD. In 686AD he became a missionary to Wurzburg in Germany where he was martyred in 689AD. The exhibition and audio-visual here deal with Saint Killian including his times, his work, martyrdom and subsequent cult. It brings to life a glorious era in Irish Church history and the work of Irish missionaries in Europe in the sixth and seventh centuries, with maps, photographs, statuettes, manuscript facsimiles and art reproductions. The exhibition also traces the development of Gaelic script from the Ogham writing of the fourth to seventh centuries and the Wurzburg Glosses (the earliest example of written Irish c.750), to the illuminated script of the Book of Kells.

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