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Cavan is an historic market town located deep in Drumlin Country. An area of glacier formed rolling hills and interspersed with numerous lakes. County Cavan is the gateway to Ireland's scenic Lakeland great for golf, hikes and touring. History abounds and the Hill of Tara, seat of ancient kings, is but a short drive away. Martins World Travel can arrange a variety of accommodations ranging from hotels, guest houses, B&B and self-catering properties.
Cavan Burren Park
On the slopes of the Cuilcagh Mountain, Cavan Burren Park was opened to the public in May 2014. You can explore the park with five amazing walking trails, all highlighting the spectacular prehistoric tombs, fantastic geology and special stories that make this such a unique environment.
Cavan Burren Park’s history goes back around 340 million years and stories of Giants and moving glaciers come to life with every step you take in this breathtaking prehistoric park.
Visit the interpretative visitor centre and learn about the history of the region before setting off to explore the park. There are over 10km of trails from accessible trails to bog bridge trails over limestone bedrock and past some of the finest prehistoric features in Ireland. Trails within the park include the Calf House Dolmen Trail, the Giant’s Leap Trail, the Promontory Fort Trail and the Tullygobban Lough Trail. Each boasts its own features of interest from biodiversity and archaeology to 360° views and treasure hunts.
Trail 1 – The Calf House Dolmen Trail (1.3km) Multi-access trail with 360 degree views across the surrounding landscape. This trail provides easy access to many of the important features of this relict landscape. Trail start point – Interpretative Centre Car Park Duration – Approximately 35 minutes / 25 metre climb Features include; Tulygobbin Wedge Tomb, Tullygobbin viewpoint, Lost Valley viewpoint, Calf-House Dolmen tomb, Old farmstead, Glacial Erratics, Karst Limestone, Dolines and Sinkholes.
Trail 2 – The Giant’s Leap Trail (2.7km) Bog bridge steps and gravel path surfaces lead you along the Giant’s Leap trail where you can view one of the most intact megalithic wedge tombs in Ireland. You will also experience fantastic views of the surrounding countryside. Trail start point – Interpretative Centre Car Park Duration – Approximately 50 minutes on bog-bridge and gravel path terrain with a 35 metre climb Features include; Giant’s Leap Wedge Tomb, Limekiln, Lost Valley, Giant’s Leap dry valley and a wide variety of biodiversity.
Trail 3 – The Promontory Fort Trail (2.9km) Includes bog bridge steps and gravel path surface and guides the visitor through the tranquil Lost Valley past a promontory fort. Enjoy fantastic views across the surrounding landscape. Trail start point – Interpretative Centre Car Park Duration – Approximately 1 hour on Bog-bridge, steps and gravel path terrain with a 65 metre climb Features include; Lost valley, Promontory Fort, Sinkholes, Relict farm walls and Glacial Erratics.
Trail 4 – Tullygobbin Lough Trail (1.6km) Follow a gravel path surface past the bio diverse rich Tullygobbin Lough with stunning views across the surrounding landscape. Trail start point – Interpretative Centre Bottom Car Park Duration – Approximately 45 minutes on gravel path terrain with a 15 metre climb Features include; Tullygobbin Lough, Desiccated Sandstone, Biodiversity and Glacial Erratics.
Trail 5 – The Cavan Waymarked Way The Cavan Way walking route enters the forest on Trail 2 through Giant’s Leap dry valley onto Trail 4 before exiting Cavan Burren Park towards Carrickterrim Special Area of Conservation (SAC) towards the village of Blacklion.
There is so much to do at Cavan Burren Park and with four trails, numerous monuments and points of interest to explore it is very easy to spend several hours exploring the area. There are no refreshments available on site therefore we advise that if you don’t plan on stopping at one of the coffee shops/restaurants in one of the nearby villages that you bring a packed lunch. There are numerous picnic benches at beautiful locations for you to sit back and enjoy the view. There are also toilet facilities at the interpretative centre and there is a number of interesting local tour guides available with lots of fascinating information on local sites and stories to tell.
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