We’ve got some excellent places to get outside in Cavan with the family. Here is our pick of the best outdoor places in Cavan to get out with kids and enjoy the fine scenery in the county.
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Best Outdoor Places in Cavan for Families
These dramatic waterfalls are situated approximately 6km south-west of Swanlinbar in the direction of the Bellavally Gap. The Tullydermot viewpoint overlooks Slieve Rushen and the lowlands of north Cavan. There is also a good view of the summit of Cuilcagh Mountain.
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Killykeen Forest Park
Killykeen Forest Park is 5 miles west of Cavan Town in the heart of Cavan’s Lakelands. Here you’ll find fun trails that lead through dark forests, over bridges and along river banks. There are also picnic areas and a children’s playground.
Little warriors will enjoy the history of Shannon Pot, as it can be traced back to the legendary Finn MacCool and the Fianna, the great warriors of Irish mythology. Legend has it that Síonnan, the daughter of Lodan (a son of the Celtic God of the Sea, Lír), came to the Shannon Pot in search of the great Salmon of Wisdom.
The Spot itself is the source of the River Shannon, and the site offers ample parking, picnic areas, and a children’s play area.
Deerpark Forest Walk in Virginia is an easy walk with good pathways through the woods and along the lakeshore.
Start the walk at the car park beside Virginia Rugby Club on the Ballyjamesduff Road. Slí na Sláinte signs are located along the longer walk detailing your route. Follow the path to the right again past a green shed.
Erica’s Fairy Forest
Erica’s Fairy Forest in Cootehill was created by her parents Natasha and Ciaran to honour five-year-old Erica’s memory and her unshakable belief in fairies and magical kingdoms. It is also a thank you to the people of Cootehill and surrounding areas whose love and support was never ending throughout Erica’s journey.
Bring your letters and pop them in the Fairy Post Box – you never know, you may get a reply! The Fairy Forest is free to visit.
Cavan Town Playground
A nice modern playground in Cavan Town at Con Smith Park, with swings, slides, bridges and benches for us too! Parking is available on the road.
There’s something for everyone..there’s also an adult fitness park next door, so you can burn off some energy too!
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Dun a Ri Forest Park
Dun a Ri Forest Park near Kingscourt has 4 signposted walks from 1km to 2km in length.
- Access for All Trail, a short, generally flat trail designed for less able users including wheelchair users, partially sighted, elderly users, and parents with buggies
or very small children.
- Nature Trail is a 1km trail along the southern bank of the Cabra River with numbered posts marking spots of interest.
- Village Walk, a 1.5km trail going around the edge of Lady’s Lake, past Cabra Cottage and the old Barracks before returning to the car park.
- River Walk is a 2km walk following Cabra River, then returning via the Lady’s Lake, with lovely views of Flemming’s Folly and the icehouse.
Cavan County Museum Playground
Another excellent playground at Cavan County Museum, you can soak up the history of the county in the museum and then enjoy the park and cafe. Toilets, Benches and parking all close by.
Article written by Maeve from Cavan
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