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Cavan county which is famous for its many great lakes are created due to the Upper Lough Erne breaking off into the many different lakes in County Cavan and leading to some great fishing spots! Cavan is just short drives from the following towns, Dublin just 1 hour 30 minute drive, 50 minutes from Enniskillen, 40 minutes from Monaghan and 1 hour 40 minutes from Donegal. Visit Belturbet and the restored Railway Line which visitors can call into see. Visit the town of Ballyconnell located next to the Shannon-Erne Waterway and Ballyjamesduff made famous in the song "Come Back Paddy Reilly to Ballyjamesduff".
Cavan Crystal is the second oldest crystal factory in Ireland and was founded in 1969 by six successful business men from the Cavan town area so call into to see some of the wonderful pieces available. Enjoy some great golf in Cavan at a number of Cavan Golf Courses such as the Blacklion Golf Club located on the shores of Lough McNean, Slieve Russell Golf and Country Club and the County Cavan Golf Club. The village of Mullagh in Cavan is where you will find St Kilians Heritage Centre to find out more on the life, work, and martyrdom of St. Kilian who was born in Mullagh, it also has details on the Ogham writing of the 4th Century.

 

Cavan Festivals

Virginia Pumpkin Festival, Co Cavan

If thinking of Cavan Festival the one that comes to mind is the Virginia Pumpkin Festival held in October for its wonderful display of pumpkins, very popular for all family members. The Cootehill Championship Fishing Festival held in September is a fishing competition for all angling enthusiasts. Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann held in August in County Cavan is a large festival which attracts thousands of visitors each year for its ceili bands, singing, busking, marching bands, fun days and exhibitions. Kingscourt Festival held in August in County Cavan is family entertainment at its best
 

 

 

Cavan Attractions

Belturbet Railway Station, Cavan

Belturbet, one of Cavan’s most  historic towns on the banks of the River Erne, is home to the refurbished Belturbet Railway Station. first opened in 1885. The Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark spans the counties of Fermanagh and Cavan where you can see some of the finest natural landscapes in Ireland and offers a window into the area's 650 million year past giving background to not only geology but also archaeology, history, folklore, wildlife and activities such as cycling and walking. For those interested in ancient Irish sites Cohaw Megalithic Tomb lies 3 miles southeast of Cootehill.  Visit Cavan County Museum to find out more on Cavan's heritage.

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While visiting Cavan visit Cabra Castle which stands on 88 acres of gardens and parkland, with its own nine hole golf course. Cabra Castle has an extremely rich history which dates as far back as 1760.  Golfers can also enjoy the Cavan Golf Clubs at the Black Lion Golf Club, County Cavan Golf Club and Slieve Russell Golf Club. Looking for evening entertainment in Cavan call to the Ramor Theatre for a varied programme of performances by professional artists in all the art forms.




 

 

     




 

County Cavan - Things to Do

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WATERSPORTS

Lough Oughter Canoe Centre, Carratraw Bridge, Butlersbridge, Co Cavan

t: +353 (0)49 4334294 (opening in June 07)

 

Lakeside Manor Hotel, Virginia

t: +353 (0)49 854 8200 fax: +353 (0)49 854 8279 e: info@lakesidemanor.ie

Power boating, jet skiing, canoeing, cruising and fishing all year round. www.lakesidemanor.ie

 

ADVENTURE CENTRES

Outdoors and Dirty (ODD) Extreme Activity Gamespark www.odd.ie

Brackley Lake, Ballyconnell  t: +353 (0)49 9523930 Fax: +353 (0)49 9523930

Outdoor activity Gamespark / Out Doors and Dirty or 'ODD' - Mud buggies, powerturns, laser war game system, laser clay shoot system and hovercrafts. Opens Easter 07

 

Tanagh Outdoor Education Centre

Dartry Forest, Rockcorry, Cootehill  t: +353 (0)49 5552988

The centre caters for school groups, youth groups, summercamps, staff development groups and private parties. Activities include canoeing, banana boat, gorge walking, abseiling, archery, assault course, orienteering and hillwalking. One day, weekends or full week of activities available.

e: educ@monaghanvec.ie  

 

CYCLING

WIildflower Mountain Biking, Ballyconnell

'Wildflower' offer cycling and walking holidays for everybody, from families and beginners to more serious enthusiasts. Offering packaged  and independent holidays, Wildflower can organise routes, places to stay, guided tours, airport and luggage transfers, cycle hire and maps. t: +353 (0)49 9523923 or   (0)87 6143527     e: gubrawully10@hotmail.com

 

BIKE HIRE

On Yer Bike Tours, Corleggy Farm, Belturbet  t: +353 (0)49 9522219 or (0)86 8204923

Bike hire from €7 per day

 

BOAT HIRE

Hugh Lynch, Innishmore, Lough Oughter Butlersbridge t: +353 (0)49 4334151

Sean O Reilly, Eonish, Lough Oughter Killeshandra t: +353 (0)49 4334487

Alan Kells, Castlehamilton Farm, Killeshandra t: +353 (0)87 2075013

Pat McLoughlin, Ramor Lake, Virginia  t: +353 (0)46 9241807

Seamus Flood,  Nadreegal / Lacken Lakes, Virginia/Ballyjamesduff t:+353 (0)49 8544739

Gerry Duffy, The Weir, Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan t: +353 (0)42 9663601

e: gerryduffy3@hotmail.com  www.gerryduffyangling.com  

 

CRUISING

Meander down the renowned Shannon-Erne Waterway or along the majestic River Erne and you'll find that Cavan is ideal for cruising. Dotted with shimmering lakes and rivers, this area of Ireland is a genuine boater’s paradise.

 

THE SHANNON- ERNE WATERWAY

The Shannon-Erne Waterway traverses 62.5 kms of lake and river and still canal sections. With 16 fully automatic locks, 34 stone bridges and 6 fully serviced mooring areas, the waterway invites you to enjoy cruising, fishing, walking cycling, canoeing, golf and horse riding along Europe's longest navigable Inland waterway.

The waterway exquisitely weaves together the streams, rivers and lakes which are picturesquely scattered between Leitrim Village and the Erne. Sixteen locks will ensure the waterway is viable and the variety of landscape and wildlife, as well as the great historical and archaeological sites en route, guarantee the popularity of this superb and peaceful  highway. For the first time in 150 years, 300km of navigable waterway can be enjoyed by lovers of walking, cycling, canoeing and sailing.

 

RIVER ERNE

Eighty-four km of the 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. Having been a trade route for the Vikings the Erne system has never been a modern commerical navigation. It is truly unspoilt and tranquil leisure oriented expanse of water for boating enthusiasts and game and coarse anglers.

 

For further information including maps and guides to both the Shannon - Erne Waterway and River Erne, contact Waterways Ireland or Inland Waterways Association  of Ireland

 

CRUISER HIRE COMPANIES

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

Kingfisher Boating Holidays, Quivy Marina, Belturbet, Co Cavan , t: +353 (0)86 6383923 e: info@boatingholidaysireland.com  

Tara Cruisers, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim t: +353 (0)71 9622266, e: cruiser@taracruisers.ie  

Belleek Charter Company, The Erne Gateway Marina, Corry, Belleek, Co Fermanagh
t: +44 (0)28 686 58027 e: info@belleekchartercruising.com   

Crown Blue Line, the Marina, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim t: +353 (0)71 9627634 e: agents@crownblueline.com  

Carrick Craft, The Marina, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim t: +353 (0)71 9620 236  e: carrick@carrickcraft.com  

Carrick Craft, Tully Bay,  Derrylin, Co Fermanagh t: +44 (0)28 686 41999  e: erne@carrickcraft.com  

Lochside Cruisers, Tempo Road, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh t: +44 (0)28 663 24368

Carrybridge Boat Company, Lisbellaw, Co Fermanagh, t: +44 (0)28 663 87034

Erincurrach Cruising, Shannon - Erne Waterway Holidays , Blaney, Enniskillen Co Fermanagh Tel: +013656 41737

Erne Marine, Bellanaleck Quay, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh Tel: +013653 48267

 

EQUESTRIAN

Cavan's beautiful and rugged countryside can also be enjoyed from the saddle. There are a number of excellent riding schools throughout the county offering a variety of activities from trekking to hourly lessons.

 

Ross House Equestrian Centre, Mountnugent t: +353 (0)49 8540218
Set in 36 acres or private parkland Ross Equestrian Centre is the perfect base for riding holidays and weekend breaks. The new purpose-built cross country course with scenic trails along the 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. Approved by A.I.R.E.
www.ross-house.com

 

Redhills Equestrian Centre, Killynure, Redhills t: +353 (0)47 55042
Redhills is a family run centre specialising in children's holidays and progressive teaching. Instruction is geared to all standards, both in riding and stable management. Students can train to become BHSAI instructors. About 20 cross country fences are designed for training horse and rider. A superb indoor arena (30m x 45m) is complemented by an outdoor arena measuring 23m x 61m. Accommodation is available at the centre for children. Adult holidays can be arranged through local bed and breakfast houses. Enclosed manege; Indoor School; Cross Country Fences; Liveries; Changing Rooms and Showers; Coffee Shop; Children Unaccompanied, 2 Qualified Instructors; Children trained for BHSAI exams and Pony Club tests; Hacking; Trekking; Schooling; Basic Instruction

 

Cavan Equestrian Centre, Shalom Stables, Latt, Cavan t:+353 (0)49 4332017
www.cavanequestrian.com 
Cavan Equestrian Centre specialise in Horse & Pony International Performance Sales, 6-8 per annum, of Showjumpers, Hunters and Eventers. Weekly show jumping events, and national and international showjumping events of 3-6 days duration, approx. 6 per annum.

 

GOLF

Slieve Russell Hotel Golf & Country Club Ballyconnell t: +353 (0)49 9526444
The 18-hole championship course at the Slieve Russell has since become one of the top ranking courses in Ireland and is cited as one of the great courses world wide.

County Cavan Golf Club (18 Hole) Drumelis House, Cavan t: +353 (0)49 4331541
Founded in 1894, CAvan is one of the oldest clubs in Ireland. The 18-hole, par 70 layout measures 5634 metres. A feature of the parkland course is the number of mature trees, some over 100 years old. The closing 6 holes are a challenge for all golfers.  Facilities include a bar, restaurant, PGA professional and driving range.  Cavan County Golf club is situated 2 miles from Cavan Town on the R198 to Killeshandra.

Blacklion Golf Club (9 Hole), Toam
Situated on shores of Lough McNean, this 9 hole course is one of the most scenic inland courses in Ireland.  t: +353 (0)71 985 3024

Belturbet Golf Club (9 Hole), Erne Hill
Parkland course with majority of holes played to elevated greens.
Length of course: 4889m (5,347 yards) Par 68 t: +353 (0)49 9522287

Virginia Golf Club (9 Hole)
Nine hole parkland course with narrow tree lined fairways overlooking Lough Ramor
Length of Course 4139m (4,484 yards). Par 64 t: +353 (0)49 8548066

Cabra Castle (9 Hole), Kingscourt
Attractive woodland golf course with the imposing castle hotel as a backdrop. A very attractive restaurant and bar constitutes the welcome ''19th''. Only one hour from Dublin. Hotel on course. Length of course: 5261m (5,755 yards) Par 68 t: +353 (0)42 9667030

Crover House Golf Course (9hole)
Crover House Hotel, Mountnugent t: +353 (0)49 8540 206

Ballyhaise Pitch and Putt (18 Hole) t: +353 (0)49 38430, +353 (0)49 38169
Located in Ballyhaise about four miles north of Cavan.  Open dawn until dusk.

McSeain's Pitch & Putt (18 Hole), Cornafean 18-hole pitch & putt course t: 353 (0)49 433 7138

 

SWIMMING

Bailieborough Swimming Pool & Leisure Centre, Chapel Road, Bailieborough, Co Cavan
Leisure centre with gym, 20m swimming, kiddie pool, steamroom, jacuzzi and sauna.
t: +353 (0)42 966 6644

County Cavan Swimming & Leisure Complex, Drumalee, Cavan
25m L-shaped pool, steamroom, jacuzzi, sauna, restaurant, fitness suite, sportshalls.
t: +353 (0)49 436 2888  

WALKING AND CYCLING

Wildflower Mountain Biking, Ballyconnell
'Wildflower' offer cycling and walking holidays for everybody, from families and beginners to more serious enthusiasts. Offering packaged  and independant holidays, Wildflower can organise routes, places to stay, guided tours, airport and luggage transfers, cycle hire and maps. t: +353 (0)49 9523923 or   (0)87 6143527   

The Kingfisher Cycle Trail, The Green Box, Manorhamilton Castle, Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim
Hidden amongst the lakes and leafy laneways of Cavan, Leitrim and Fermanagh is a true gem for cycling enthusiasts and leisure cyclists alike. The Kingfisher Cycle Trail covers over 300 miles of fully mapped and signposted cycle route from Cavan's lakelands to the Atlantic Coast. t: +353 (0)71 985 6898 www.greenbox.ie                        

 

Bike Hire

On Yer Bike Tours, Corleggy Farm, Belturbet t: +353 (0)49 9522219 or (0)86 8204923

 

WALKING

Dun an Rí Forest Park, Kingscourt
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.

 

BOWLING

Astra Bowl, Townspark Centre, Main Street, Cavan t: +353 (0)49 437 2662
7,000 sq. ft., 6 full length bowling, pool tables, video amusements and jukebox.

 

CINEMA

Storm Cinema, Townspark Centre, Main Street, Cavan t: +353 (0)49 4372005

 

ARTS & THEATRE

The Ramor Theatre, Main St, Virginia t: +353 (0)49 8547074 e: ramortheatre@cavancoco.ie   
P
rogramme of events includes jazz, traditional, opera, contemporary, drama and classical. For full program visit www.ramortheatre.ie  

 

FESTIVALS

Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann
Virginia Pumpkin Festival
The Cootehill Championship Fishing Festival

 

 



 

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