9 reasons why you need to visit Cavan’s Farnham Estate

What better way to relax and unwind in Ireland than with a break at Farnham Estate in the northern county of Cavan.

With exciting natural, cultural and ancient sites to explore, this county delivers on attractions. For those whose idea of relaxation is to enjoy a round of golf, a few hours fishing or a gentle stroll in the woods, this is on offer from your doorstep. Here are the top reasons why you should book Cavan for your next short break.

1.     Rest and relaxation

The Hydrotherapy Pool Radisson Blu Farnham Estate Hotel

The tranquil surroundings of Farnham Estate will instantly put you at ease as you leave behind your worries and busy daily life. Take this a step further and unwind in the serenity of the health spa. Start with a work out, followed by a spa therapy treatment, then relax in the hydrotherapy infinity pool, the Watermint thermal suite and the relaxations rooms. You’ll be feeling as good as new in no time.

2.     Walking shoes at the ready

3. shannon_pot_geopark-Couple Walking - Cavan- Ireland. Source This is Cavan

©This is Cavan

Put on your walking shoes and step into nature for solitude and serenity. The estate is surrounded by ancient woodlands with 7km of walking trails. Explore the forest and listen to the birds singing as you make your way. The paths vary from estate roads to forest trails and soft mossy carpets. Good signage ensures you won’t get lost.

3.     Explore on two wheels

4. cycling in the woodlands of farnham estate, cavan. Source Rezidor Hotel Group

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If you want to take things at a faster pace, hire a bike and explore the beautiful countryside of the estate and the hours of trails in the forest parks of Cavan.

4.     Tee off

Tee off at the estate’s 18 hole championship course designed by Jeff Howe. The first nine holes offer gentle meadows, perfect for getting you warmed up. The second nine holes present a different challenge as the landscape changes to rugged woodland. Along the course, you will find several lakes and a stream. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife.

5.     Gone fishing

5. Man fishing on Lake Farnham-Farnham Estate-Cavan. Source Rezidor Hotel Group

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Cavan River runs through Farnham Lake, known as Lough in Gaelic. Year round fishing is available here and permits can be acquired from the hotel. Try your hand at catching bream, gudgeon, pike, perch and more. Why not bring the rest of the family or your travel companions along for a picnic by the lake as you fish.

6.     Delve into history, culture and nature

From your doorstep, it is easy to explore the wider area of Cavan. Discover historical, cultural and natural marvels including museums, ancient ruins, forest parks and spectacular viewpoints, castles, cathedrals and churches, mills and much more.

7.     Burren Geopark

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For fans of geology, Burren Geopark is a haven of monuments, ancient settlements and fields that have been uncovered from prehistoric times. Some fossils are thought to be over 350 million years old. This geopark is a marvel and blends megalithic ruins with walking trails.

8.     Marble Arch Caves

7. Boat tour in Marble Arch Caves-Cavan-Ireland. Source This is Cavan

©This is Cavan

Cross the border to Marble Arch Caves and you are in for another treat. Showcasing the best of the north’s rugged natural environment with walking and cycling trails, the park also takes you on a journey back through 650 million years of history. Join a tour into the fascinating caves, which includes a short boat journey, a guided walk and 160 steps back to the surface.

9.     Historic surroundings

Complete your day with a delicious dinner at Botanica Bar & Restaurant and sample local seasonal cuisine. Then curl up with your favourite refreshment and a good book as you admire the 16th century surroundings of the Radisson Blu Farnham Estate Hotel, Cavan.

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