In Cavan, there is a plethora of top quality walking routes on offer. And Cavan Burren Park illustrates this point excellently. The Park, which is located outside the village of Blacklion in West Cavan, is an area of unique geological and archaeological importance. In recent months this site has been transformed into a prehistoric park with a brand new visitor’s centre, five walking trails and a variety of interpretation to suit all ages, abilities and interests. Looped way marked trails over 7km in length pass by amazing archaeological monuments as well as the geological formations, which created the landscape of the Cavan Burren today.
A multi-access trail boasts stunning views across counties Leitrim, Cavan, Roscommon and Fermanagh whilst also allowing visitors an up-close experience of the magnificent megalithic tombs of our past. Longer distance routes bring the walker across sections of bog bridge platform to view the magical Giant’s Grave wedge tomb, a tranquil relict river valley, remains of promontory fort and a series of sinkholes amongst other things. The longer distance Cavan Way walking route also runs through Cavan Burren Park allowing visitors wider access to the limestone pavement of Carrickterim and the Shannon Pot, the surface rising of the River Shannon.
Cavan Burren Park is a key component of the wider Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, an area endorsed by UN-ESCO for its geological value. Indeed the Geopark encompasses a wide variety of spectacular sites in counties Cavan and Fermanagh making it the first UNESCO endorsed cross border Geopark in the world.
Other walking options in Cavan include four routes on Failte Ireland’s looped walks network including the very beautiful 7km loop of the Castle Lake in Bailieborough. The forest parks of Dun a Ri in Kingscourt and the lake- wrapped Killykeen outside Cavan town are beautiful back- drops for lake and forest walks.