It’s great to get the kids outdoors for some fresh air, and these stunningly scenic ideas for family walks in Cavan offer something truly unique!
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FamilyWalks in Cavan
Deerpark Forest Walks
Deerpark Forest in Virginia has three trails in the forest. The shortest is just over 1km, which takes you from the car park to the stone bridge across the park river. Or you can try the Golden Way Heritage Trail which takes about an hour, it’s 2.1km long and is graded easy.
For older kids, the Lough Ramor loop of 4.2 Km also graded easy takes you along by the park river and the shores of Lough Ramor.
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Turbet Island, which is located beside Kilconny Bridge in Belturbet, is a beautiful place to visit. It features a quiet, nature filled, fully accessible walking trail, along the river Erne, which runs from the parking lot at the bridge past the Anglo Norman remnants of the Motte and Bailey, on up to the Railway Bridge (a remnant of The Great Northern Railway) and either back again to the parking lot or on into town if you are following “The Belturbet Heritage Walking Trail”.
For smaller children, don’t forget to feed the ducks!
Dun a Ri Forest Park
Dun a Ri Forest Park near Kingscourt has 4 signposted walks from 1km to 2km in length and is one of the most popular walks in Cavan.
- 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.
- Access for All Trail, a short, generally flat trail designed for less able users including wheelchair users, partially sighted,some elderly users, and parents with buggies
or very small children.
Aughvains/Drumbriste is rated as moderate taking approximately 1.5 hours and stretching 7km along lanes, through bogs, forests & lakeshores (please be careful on the lanes as they can be busy at times).
The dramatic Tullydermot Falls are situated approximately 6km south-west of Swanlinbar, in the direction of the Bellavally Gap. The falls are easily accessible, with a trail going from an information station at the parking lot.
Approximately two miles up the river from the road there is another purely majestic waterfall which is perhaps more impressive than Tullydermot Falls. This is the ideal spot for a picnic, a spot of angling, or for the more adventurous perhaps a swim in the purest darkest water in Ireland. 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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Cavan Burren Park
One of the most unique walks in Cavan is the Cavan Burren Park, located in the Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark, which means it has been recognised as having exceptional geological significance.
Make the most of the interpretative centre and walking trails which all highlight the spectacular prehistoric tombs, fantastic geology and special stories that make this such a unique environment.
Visit the Cavan Lakes
Amazingly, there is a lake for each day of the year, so why not make the most of them! Walking along the shores, skimming rocks, splashing, fishing and all manner of water activities are lots of fun for all the family.
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