In Belturbet, just over twelve miles from Cavan, is an old station of the Great Northern Railway that dates back from 1885. Closed to passengers in 1959, the structures and platform have been restored along with a small section of track that exhibits some of the old coaches and trucks. The main station building now contains a museum of railway memorabilia, while the goods shed has been converted into a conference centre. The cut stone architecture of the original design remains and, despite years left to fire, theft and weather damage, is still an excellent example of dying art.
A Breifne Tour of Co. Cavan
Breifne Tours operate private guided tours of various Irish North Midland counties, and the Co. Cavan tour is well-known to illustrate the wealth of history, heritage and culture of the region. They specialising in the archaeological sights, but custom design each tour to match visitors' requirements. Be chauffeured around in a limousine for the day, taking in all the fabulous historical sights that Co. Cavan has to offer, by a qualified local expert. Destinations on the tour include the prehistoric megaliths spread throughout the region, the Corlea Ancient Trackway and castle, the Marble Arch Caves and the Kells famine gravesite.
28 miles from Cavan is the town of Kingscourt, and nearby is the nineteenth century Gothic-style Cabra Castle set in Dún an Rí Forest Park. The 555 acres of Dún an Rí Forest Park include various colour-coded walking routes, several picnic spots and a wishing well. The Cabra River runs the full length of the forest and is home to mink and otters, while stoats, hares, and both red and grey squirrels populate the woodlands. It is said that Cuchulain used to camp in the forest as he was engaged in his single-handed defence of Ulster from the armies of Maeve.
Milltown is a small village in Co. Cavan, located around fifteen miles from Cavan town, and contains an ancient monastic site known as Drumlane Priory. The remains of the Priory include an abbey, church and distinctive Irish round tower that are all said to date back to 555 AD. It is claimed that the Priory was founded by Saint Mogue, though many believe that the site pre-dates his lifetime and was in fact built on the orders of Saint Columbia. The priory was burned by the O'Rourke family in 1261, but the remains still stand today.
Killykeen Forest Park
The picturesque Killykeen Forest Park can be found about five miles outside of Cavan, within the Lough Oughter lakes. Popular among visitors for walking, fishing and bird watching, the forest park also includes picnic spots, cycling trails and a swimming area. The forest is made up of an enchanting collection of ash, beech, oak and spruce trees and is conserved and protected by the National Parks and Wildlife Service. Windsurfing and canoeing are also popular pastimes on the lakes, as are visiting the nearby twelfth century Cloughoughter Castle or the Gartnanoul megalithic tomb.