4 Fun Family Walks in Cavan

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It’s great to get the kids outdoors for a family walk. Here are some of my favourite places to take the kids, 4 Fun Family Walks in Cavan:

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Keep in mind the appropriate length of the walk for your children and make sure to bring drinks and snacks with you!


Family-Friendly Walks in Cavan

#1. Turbet Island


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 bread for the ducks!

#2. Deerpark Forest Walks

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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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#3. Dun a Ri Forest Park

Photo: Lorraine Teevan

Dun a Ri Forest Park near Kingscourt has 4 signposted walks from 1km to 2km in length.

  • 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.

#4. Aughvains/Drumbriste

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).

If there are any other great family walks in Cavan that you love to take with your kids, let us know in the comments below. 

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