Things To Do
-Help: Cavan County Museum
-Help: Lough Crew Cairns
-Help: Loughcrew Megalthic Centre
-Help: Cavan Canoeing
-F.A.Q: Irelands Ancient East
-Help: Killinkere Pet Farm
-Help: Killykeen Forest Park
-Help: Marble Arch Caves
-Help: Ramor Theatre
-Help: Ross House Equestrian Centre
-Help: The Cavan Burren
The Museum is located in a magnificent 19th century, three story building which was formerly the Poor Clare’s convent. Extensive grounds are attached to the building, which allows for pleasant walks in an atmosphere of peace & tranquillity.
The Museum collection is exhibited thematically & chronologically to present the story of County Cavan from the stone age through to modern times. The Museum also features a book and souvenir shop as well as a tearoom.
Virgina Rd, Ballyjamesduff, Co. Cavan.
+353 (0) 49 8544070
Lough Crew Cairns are megalithic structures originally built about 4000 BC, as burial chambers. They are located on top of the highest hills in Co Meath and offer some of the most stunning views in Ireland. Situated east of Oldcastle, off the R163, they are open all year, with free guided tours from June to Aug.
In a landscape of inspiring beauty and intriguing history, the Cairns at Loughcrew form the largest complex of passage graves in Ireland.
The Cairns are in two groups; Carnbane West, about 15 Cairns, including Cairn L which is roofed and contains superb symbolic carvings in good condition. This group is some 2km walk from the Car Park on gently sloping ground. Carnbane East includes Cairn T, also roofed and with excellent engravings, and is a shorter but steeper walk.
Lough Crew Equinox Festival occurs each March 19th to 21st and September 19th to 21st and is organised by Oldcastle Tourism Group. Bringing together the archaeological and astronomical past of the cairns as well as the spiritual energy of modern day druids and healers, it is a wonderful opportunity to experience the magic of the Carin, throughout the Equinox mornings and days.
Oldcastle, Co Meath.
+353 (0) 46 924 7840
Nestled in at the base of the Hill of the Witch at Loughcrew, Oldcastle, Co. Meath is a unique development Loughcrew Megalithic Centre. The centre has been restored to capture the traditional agricultural sense of former times.
The centre consists of a Coffee Shop, Exhibition Room, Museum, Campsite and Extensive Car and Coach Parking. At the top of Sliabh na Caillaigh is Cairn T a 4,000+ year old Neolithic passage tomb, the oldest surviving stone building in Europe.
Open to the public with OPW guides in place from May to end August, Cairn T contains the famous Equinox Stone lit up at the Spring and Autumn Equinoxes each year.
Check out our events page for updated information on Spiritual activities associated with the ancient astronomical festivals and for a seasonal range of exciting family based activities.
Oldcastle, Co. Meath.
+353 (0)86 736 1948 or +353 (0)87 3974295
This delightful garden, overlooked by the prehistoric Loughcrew Cairns, comprises water features, trees and shrubs, vistas and archaeology, rather than flower beds, and displays numerous extraordinary features in an historic setting.
Within the gardens, stand a medieval mote and Saint Oliver Plunkett’s family Church and Tower House. The gardens also offer nature walks for children, aged 6 to 12 years. Loughcrew is home to the fantastic Adventure Centre, which provides activities, including e-witches, ropes course, archery and “Navigate your way through the Forest Crystal Maze.”
Oldcastle, Co. Meath.
+353 (0)49 85 41356 / (0)49 85 41060
Cavan Canoeing is the gateway to Inismore Island at the centre of Lough Oughter waterway. Discover exciting aspects of local geology, archaeology, wildlife and history. Cavan Canoeing offer Kayak/Canoe instructions, local nature and historical tours.
Butlersbridge, Co. Cavan.
Learn the stories of Irelands Ancient East and understand the soul of it people. From ancient high kings to modern day poets, saints and scholars to ramblers and fishermen, Irelands Ancient East pulsates with legendary tales. With maps as your guide and the itineraries as your inspiration you are about to prepare for a real life journey through this mystical place.
If you are looking for a fun day out, then Killinkere Visitor & Pet Farm is number 1 for fun, interaction with farm animals and activities such as nature walks, heritage trail, pony rides, tractor trailer rides and hands on farming fun.
Killinkere, Virginia, Co. Cavan.
087 259 6890 or 049 854 9344
Killinkere Visitor Farm
Killykeen surrounds the lake and islands of Lough Oughter. Scattered throughout the park are early fortifications such as Crannogs or lake dwellings. The woodlands have great diversity, with an abundance of oak, ash, birch, beech, sycamore and alder. Killykeen offers year round activities to visitors including sailing, canoeing, horse riding, orienteering and picnicking to name but a few.
Killykeen, Co. Cavan
+353 49 4331942.
Marble Arch Caves, Global Geopark is host to one of the finest show caves in Europe. Visitors are guided through a fascinating natural underworld of rivers, waterfalls, winding passages and lofty chambers while stunningly beautiful cave formations glisten all around.
Activities in the Geopark include cycling, walking, fishing, caving, canoeing and cruising
Florencecourt, Co. Fermanagh
+44 (0)28 6634 8855
Marble Arch Caves Geo Park
The Ramor Theatre runs a full programme of events covering all the performing arts including dramas, concerts, musicals, opera & ballet. It was opened in 1999 and is located in Virginia, on the main Cavan – Dublin Rd.
Virginia, Co. Cavan.
Ross House is a renowned equestrian centre with all of the modern facilities that you would expect. You can learn basic riding skills or improve your current levels, with the help of on-site instructors. Enjoy trekking along the 400 acres of farm trail, with scenic paths adjoining Lough Sheelin.
Ross House promises riders of all levels an enjoyable experience. Make use of the huge indoor arena for competition training, show jumping or dressage, available throughout the year.
Ross House Equestrian Centre, Mountnugent, Co. Cavan is AIRE and SJI Show Jumping Association Ireland approved. Rates available on request.
Ross House, Mountnugent, Co. Cavan.
+353 (0)49 854 02 18
The Cavan Burren, situated about three kilometres south of Blacklion and north-west of Cuilcagh Mountain, is in every respect a "relict" landscape.
“Its funereal monuments, habitation sites and fields survive from prehistoric times. Its glacial erratics survive from the last ice age while its dry valley and associated doline bear testimony to a pre-glacial river and sink. The fossils embedded in its limestone are the coral of a tropical sea of 350 million years ago.
The area is a unique educational resource, showing not only the history of human settlement from the tombs of the early Neolithic settlers to the limekilns and animal shelters of the nineteenth century farmers but in addition to this the evolution of a landscape from its formation in a tropical sea south of the Equator, through the various ice ages to the present.
It is a palimpsest of history with layer upon layer of both human and natural history visible on its karstic features.”
Blacklion, Co. Cavan
+353 (0)71 9853941
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