In the village of Ballyjamesduff, about eleven miles from the town of Cavan, is the Cavan County Museum that tells the story of Co. Cavan itself and contains materials and artefacts collected from the Stone Age, right up until the twentieth century. With over 6000 years of history to recount, exhibits include the Killycluggin stone and the Corleck Head – two of the most well-known ancient Celtic religious icons still around today – a medieval Dug-Out boat, displays that examine the Great Famine, and galleries depicting county life right up into the early nineteenth and twentieth centuries. There are activities for younger visitors too, as well as a cafe and craft shops.
Outside the village of Blacklion, Co. Cavan, about 36 miles from Cavan town, lies the Caven Burren Park. The Park is a large prehistoric site that includes the Marble Arch Caves, the Cavan Way sixteen mile looped walking trails, several megalithic tombs and many neolithic discoveries and remains. Also near to the village is the Cladagh Glen nature reserve and Glenfarme forest, where visitors can enjoy lakeside walks. The Upper and Lower MacNean lakes are famous for excellent coarse fishing, while the dramatic megalithic tombs provide an enigmatic glimpse into the very ancient history surrounding this part of the county.
The Shannon Pot, just outside Blacklion, is the source of the Shannon, the longest river in Ireland. So why not rent a boat for a week or two and cruise up and down it at your own place. Ballyconnell and Belturbet are but two of the highlights visitors enjoy on the Co. Cavan leg of their river cruise. And it's not just the destinations that make floating along the Shannon such a joy. The peaceful riverbanks and quiet countryside are perfect for walking, cycling, fishing, nature watching or anything you can think of. Self-drive boat tour operators can be found in many towns along the waterway.
Corleggy Cheese Making:
Just over twelve miles from Cavan, in the town of Belturbet, is the only place in the world where you can find multi-award winning Corleggy cheese. Master Cheesemaker Silke Cropp began making Corleggy cheese with milk from her own goat herd in 1985, and has since expanded her range to include two kinds of goat's cheese, one sheep's cheese and five types of cow's. All varieties of Corleggy are hard cheese, matured from two to four months, with various seasonal specials available at different times of the year. Throughout the summer, the farm holds a one-day cheese making class that is open to all.
Co. Cavan, and its premier town in particular, has a long and colourful music history and are growing a reputation as one of Ireland's richest song and dance destinations. Venues like Kelly's Bar, McBrides, The Lavey Inn and Blessings Bar, among dozens of others, hold traditional Irish music nights at least once a week. The county is also home to major events such as the NYAH and the All-Ireland Fleadh traditional music festivals.