Cavan is perfect for rejuvenation and allows its visitors to relax and spend time with loved ones while participating in exciting activities.
After a day or two of sightseeing in busy Dublin we recommend you to slow down the pace and explore the wonderful surrounding areas of the city. Just a 90 minute drive from Dublin, the roads lead you towards tranquil and serene settings where green fields and beautiful estates meets the eye. You have reached the Lakelands, Cavan County, a small gem sometimes left in the shade of big sister Dublin but nevertheless, a perfect location for your county retreat.
Discovery by foot – tranquil trails
The varied landscape makes you want to walk and walk to explore and witness the beauty of its nature. It has been said that Cavan is a walker’s place, which is definitely no lie. Choose between the long list of popular walking trails or head out on your own for a customised self-made adventure. The trails are of varied distance and difficulty and suit everyone. If you are visiting in May we recommend joining the Cavan Walking Festival 2015, a ten day walking bonanza led by trained local guides that will share their knowledge and guide you through the most amazing trails nature has to offer.
If you would like to see nature from a different perspective, we recommend the services of Cavan Canoeing. Nothing is more relaxing than gliding gently on the surface of clear water carefully watching over the nature alongside. Depending on your skill level and preference, you can rent a canoe or kayak for a half or full day journey. Choose from two different routes allowing you to see the most popular views from a new angle. Get in touch to see if you can join in on a group tour and prepare for a joyride when kayaking down the rivers where the speed picks up and you can feel the adrenaline rush.
Hop on the horse for a day of exploration
Combine your love of animals and beautiful nature for a unique and memorable experience. Cavan is home to many well-established equestrian centres who will assist you in finding the perfect horse for your trip. Sink into the saddle, prepare for a joyful trip with your favourite four-legged companion, and find your own paths of discovery. If you do not wish to leave the paddock, you are more than welcome to attend a regular riding lesson and simply enjoy interacting with the amazing animals.
If you enjoy the silence and thrill of fishing, Cavan is the place to visit. The combination of perfect waters and a stunning countryside has given the area a well-deserved reputation of being one of the finest fishing spots in Europe. Visit the This is Cavan website for great information on the best spots, fishing activities and boat hire in the area. Whether you prefer pike, coarse or game fishing there is a perfect spot for you and your fishing rod where you can relax and enjoy your favourite recreational activity.
The greens from your dreams
Professional or not, the golf courses of County Cavan are breathtakingly beautiful and also magnificently challenging. Stroll from hole to hole and appreciate the fresh grass on these amazing courses. Prepare to spend a lot of time on the green on either the 18 or 9-hole course. Choose from an impressive selection of golf clubs, both high-rankers and old-charmers.
A taste of Cavan
This country retreat allows you to explore your senses and your palate will not be left disappointed. You have arrived at a foodies’ paradise where you can experience both world-renowned restaurants and excellent home-cooking. If you are visiting in August, we recommend attending the Taste of Cavan, an annual celebration of food. Nothing pleases a food lover more than an official celebration of food, allowing for taste sensations when local talents get a chance to serve their specialities. Many a seasoned chef has attended this festival, including Michelin star chef Richard Corrigan and Iris Restaurant Awards Best Chef Neven Maguire. Do not miss this opportunity to join in on a taste sensation like no other.
A family retreat
If you are visiting with children, you might want to opt for activities that are a bit more action-filled. Check out this list of perfect family activities for tips on what to do. Some of the popular family adventure attractions include the Killinkere Visitor & Pet farm, a working farm where you and your family can learn about the animals, the daily routines at a farm and enjoy activities such as natural walks, pony rides and tractor rides. For older children and adventurous adults, we recommend Odd Doors & Dirty. Here you can spend the day chasing each other in laser combat or on the paintball field, shooting clay pigeons, racing buggies and much more.
As you can see, this county retreat offers several activities to fill up your itinerary. After a day of exploring, filled with surroundings to impress, retreat to the idyllic Radisson Blu Farnham Estate Hotel, Cavan, surrounded by fantastic gardens. From the comforts of your hotel room, you have easy access to the great outdoors and all of the above activities.