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Top things to do in County Cavan
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County Cavan Holiday Guide
County Cavan is part of the province of Ulster in the Republic of Ireland, sharing 43 miles of border with County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. Its name comes from the old Irish, An Cabhan, meaning The Hollow, suggesting a refuge, a retreat. This beautiful place could certainly fulfil that role for a relaxing visit, away from the hubbub of everyday life. It is a land of rivers and of lakes, apparently 365, one for every day of the year. The largest is the beautiful Lough Sheelin and others are designated Specially Protected Areas to conserve the wildfowl. The landscape is also dotted with drumlins: small half-egg-shaped hills formed from glacial deposits.
Once part of the ancient kingdom of Breifne, County Cavan still shows evidence of distant times with stone circles and megalithic tombs across its countryside.
Agriculture is the main source of income in County Cavan with a quarter of the population engaged in it, particularly dairy farming and pig-raising. After agriculture, there is tourism, stemming mainly from the opportunities created by the landscape.
The lakes of County Cavan provide a year-round paradise for anglers, with coarse and pike fishing along the rivers and Lough Sheelin being a world-renowned destination for trout fishing.
Sailing and boating are popular pursuits too. The rivers Shannon and Erne are linked by a canal with fully automated locks, allowing days of leisurely cruising along peaceful waterways. There is a canoeing centre on Lough Oughter.
There are countless golf courses in Cavan if that is your sport, otherwise, hikers are well catered for with trails such as the forest walks in Derrycassin woods. You can also take in the scenery on horseback and Cavan Equestrian Centre hosts national and international show-jumping events.
There are also more adrenalin-fuelled activities like off-road buggy driving, karting and paintballing.
Cavan Burren Park offers an intriguing glimpse into life in prehistoric times or, more up to date, there is a First World War trench experience at Cavan County Museum in Ballyjamesduff.
Staying in County Cavan
There are some top hotels in County Cavan, for instance, a golf and country club with three restaurants and a spa with 13 treatment rooms. At the other end of the spectrum, Cavan County has a fine array of 3 star hotels, guesthouses and B&B accommodation.
Self-catering lets are particularly suitable for fishing parties, with lodges and lakeside log cabins offering a comfortable haven at the end of a long day or night at the water's edge.
The county offers a similar range of eating out opportunities from fine dining in world-renowned restaurants to tasty Irish stew at a cosy inn.
Getting to County Cavan
Dublin Airport is the closest at 70 miles. The nearest ferry ports are Dublin and Dun Laoghaire. Cavan town is just over two hours from Belfast by road.
The Advantages of County Cavan Weekend Breaks
Discover a different side of the British Isles with a weekend break in County Cavan. Take short breaks away from home and enjoy some quality time in a beautiful place. You’ll come back feeling refreshed and inspired. You can have an action-packed County Cavan weekend break or get some peace with a relaxing holiday. Whatever experience you’re looking for, find it with our deals on hotels in County Cavan.
Cheap Weekend Breaks to County Cavan
There are lots of ways to take cheap weekend breaks to County Cavan. Expedia offers deals on car hires and hotel rooms and covers trips for all kinds of travellers. The best way to save is with our holiday packages in County Cavan. First, choose your car hire and hotel reservation. Then we’ll bundle them together into one discounted price. Solo explorers, couples, families, and groups of friends can discover budget solutions for their weekend breaks. Once you arrive, enjoy some of the fun things to do, many of which are free or cheap to experience.
County Cavan Romantic Weekend Breaks
Couples love taking romantic weekend breaks in County Cavan. Whisking your lover away for a romantic County Cavan weekend break is the perfect opportunity to make new memories together. Expedia offers all kinds of hotel options, so you can find romantic hotels in County Cavan and choose the best place for you. Check out our deals on beautiful properties, and you’ll save even more when you choose to package your hotel reservation with a car hire.
Family Weekend Breaks in County Cavan
Set some time aside to experience family weekend breaks in County Cavan. There are plenty of excellent family-friendly hotels in County Cavan within our selection of hotels. You can also find a place to call home in one of the holiday rentals in County Cavan. With accommodation, activities, and adventure all waiting, there’s never been a better time to plan County Cavan family weekend breaks.