Ireland is a beautiful country with many wonderful cities and regions. If you are looking for an amazing vacation, Ireland has it all! One of the best places to visit in Ireland is Cavan, located on the border between Northern Ireland and Eire. This city offers so much that even if you only have a week or two to explore this region, there are plenty of things to do!

We’ve compiled a list of 6 things to do for you and your family!

1. Visit the Cavan Castle

The Cavan Castle is in the heart of town and can be seen from many spots around. This medieval fortress was originally built by the Normans as a Norman stronghold, but has since been renovated into an amazing museum that showcases Celtic history!

The Cabra Castle was originally built in 1760 and has lots of history and interesting features to explore. The castle, which covers 88 acres of land, also includes its own 9-hole golf course. Guests can stay the night in one of eighty historic rooms (some room sizes include a lord’s bedchamber with splendour or a spacious elegance) for a reasonable price.

Cabra Castle Hotel Cavan | Castle Wedding | Conference Venue
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The Cavan Castle is open every day with admission prices starting at around €11 for adults and €6.50 for children, making it one of the most affordable things to do in Cavan!

2. Take a walk through the town and stop at one of the many shops

The county town is in a pleasant district of low green hills. In ancient times it was the seat of rulers east of Breifne, the O’Reillys. Their primary residence on Tullymongan Hill, and only Franciscan Friary founded 1300 by Giolla Iosa O’Reilly remains to this day.

The town of Cavan has a very quaint feel to it, creating the perfect atmosphere for exploring and window shopping. There are plenty of shops in town offering local crafts, antiques, handmade jewellery and more!

If you want to explore some local Irish history while taking a wander around town, stop by The Museum of Cavan, which is located close to the town centre.

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On Saturdays, there’s a farmers market in Cavan which offers fresh produce and much more!

3. Go to the local pub for some live music or a pint of Guinness

The local Cavan pub has live music on Fridays and Saturdays, with an open mic session every Tuesday. There is always plenty of fun to be had, and it’s the perfect opportunity to meet some locals!

The pub also serves delicious homemade food if you want something a little more substantial than just some drinks.

While Cavan may not have any Michelin-star restaurants, it has some great pubs!

4. Head over to Lough Ramor for an afternoon picnic with friends

The Lough Ramor is a beautiful lake with some great scenery and plenty of wildlife. It is the perfect spot for an afternoon picnic, whether you want to enjoy lunch on your own or share it with friends and/or family!

A walk around the Lough Ramor offers stunning views of waterlilies in full bloom and an abundance of other wildflowers. The walk takes roughly an hour and a half.

The Lough Ramor is also home to many species of birds, which makes it the perfect place for bird enthusiasts! The lake itself has an abundance of wildflowers such as celandines, buttercups, cowslips. You might even spot a red squirrel here or there if you’re lucky!

The Lough Ramor is just a short drive from Cavan, so it’s the perfect spot for a day trip if you have the time.

5. Spend time in one of Ireland’s most beautiful gardens, The Rockingham Gardens

The Rockingham Gardens in Cavan, Ireland offers a beautiful and tranquil spot to visit. The gardens are home to various plants, trees, flowers and animals such as peacocks or ducks that call the Rockingham Gardens their home!

Rockingham Castle | Rockingham Castle Gardens
Rockingham Gardens by Rockingham Castle

The Rockingham Garden is open from 12pm- 6:30pm every day of the year, which means you can come by anytime during those hours for an enjoyable time in walking around and admiring nature’s beauty!

6. Stay at Castlehamilton, where your adventure awaits

Now for the most fun part of Cavan, Ireland. Castlehamilton is in Killeshandra, Cavan - in a peaceful countryside by lakes. We’re in the perfect location if you want to experience Cavan in the best possible way.

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If you’re ready for a staycation full of adventure with friends and family, contact us today.

The small Irish town of Cavan is home to a variety of things you can do on your next vacation. Let us know if we could help you plan your trip! We are here 24/7 and would be happy to answer questions that arise as well as provide some helpful tips for what’s in store when you visit this lovely country. Here are just six activities worth checking out while visiting the Emerald Isle, but there really are so many more opportunities waiting for those who take their time exploring Ireland’s natural beauty. What has been one of your favorite experiences in Ireland? Let us know!

Angling Guide Donal Kelly of Castlehamilton Estate reports on the pike fishing on the Lough Oughter system…

Conditions were OK for boat fishing in the Lough Oughter System in Cavan this week with light westerly winds and moderate showers. Some nice pike were caught on a range of Salmo Lures and rubber Shads by fishermen staying at the Castlehamilton Fishing Centre in Killeshandra, Co Cavan, and guided by local pike fishing guide Donal Kelly.

A lovely 90+ cm pike
A nice lure caught pike

Red, orange and blue were the colours of the day. The takes were not very aggressive, so we had to be alert to know when to strike. 12 pike ranging in size up to 96cm were caught on the day and all safely returned to the water. 

Donal Kelly
Castlehamilton Estate

Go fishing…

Castlehamilton Estate, Cavan is a heritage site, located beside Killykeen National Forest Park and close to Farnham Estate, Cavan, Ireland. We offer luxury four star self-catering accommodation and provide a haven for fisherman, golfers, walkers, cyclists, horse riders, bird watchers, and lovers of wildlife and the great outdoors. The Estate is nestled in the centre of Europe’s largest inland waterways. As our guest, you can experience excellent pike, trout, fly and coarse fishing on our private lakes and rivers.