Cavan is a place that is away from it all, but not that far away. Life in Cavan moves at its own pace and while here, you can too. So whether you want to relax in one of our many award-winning hotels or get out and about, you can be sure your stay will be precisely as relaxing or action-packed as you want it to be.
While in Cavan Town, you can take the self-guided Cavan Walking Tour and explore the abundant history of this thriving town. While you’re here, take the opportunity to visit its many shops, cafés, pubs, and restaurants. Cavan is a people place, and walking through its streets provides a glimpse of the real Ireland. If you have Irish roots, Cavan Genealogy Centre, located on Farnham Street, can help you trace your family tree. Who knows, perhaps you are descended from the great warrior tribes of Breffni!
Beyond Cavan Town, County Cavan is a stunning, mythical landscape sculpted by ancient glaciers over 15,000 years ago. The Gaelic name for Cavan, ‘An Cabhán’, means ‘The Hollow’ and the rolling drumlin hills that surround it provide some of the most stunning scenery the Emerald Isle has to offer. The county famously has a lake for every day of the year, and as well as imbuing the place with a sense of serenity, Cavan’s lakes and rivers provide ample opportunity for recreational activity. Cavan is rightly regarded as one of Europe’s prime angling locations, while the Shannon-Erne Blueway, which courses through Cavan, is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing cruise, or a spot of kayaking if you’re up to it!
Ireland is a land of storytellers, and no place has a richer story than Cavan. Cavan County Museum in Ballyjamesduff will walk you through thousands of years of Irish history, from the time of our Celtic ancestors, right up until the birth of the modern Irish nation in the 20th century. The museum is also home to the World War I Trench Experience, the largest replica Great War trench in Britain and Ireland.
Cavan and neighbouring Fermanagh are home to the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, a UNESCO-designated area of rich geological and environmental heritage. One of the undoubted jewels of the Geopark is Cavan Burren Park in Blacklion in West Cavan. This is a place where ancient people lived and died, where giants lie buried, where fairies hold council, and where glaciers cast giant boulders around like grains of sand. There are few places in the world where you feel so completely connected to the past.
Cavan is a walker’s place. Here we have a great range of places to pace through as you drink in the landscape. Stroll along the river and canal paths between towns with a flask of soup and a companion or three. Try gently rolling drumlins one day and upland blanket bogs the next. Enjoy the tranquility of forest walks in Kingscourt, Cavan, Virginia and Bailieborough.
A land so pure and unspoiled as Cavan is a chef’s dream, and some of the best in the business are cooking up a storm with our county’s beautiful produce. Cavan is developing a burgeoning reputation as a foodie hub, and almost 40,000 people flock to the Taste of Cavan festival each August to taste the very best in Cavan provenance. A meal in one of our many award-winning restaurants is the perfect way to round off your day.
Cavan truly is a feast for the senses. But don’t take our word for it, let Cavan surprise you…