Cavan Burren Park

Cavan Burren Park is a mythical, spiritual landscape of monuments, megalithic tombs, hut sites and pre-bog walls. These prehistoric sites have stood the test of time and are located within metres of each other. The park offers stunning views of Cuilcagh Mountain, west Cavan and the wider Geopark. An Interpretative Centre on site offers information about the archaeological, geological, and cultural history of Cavan Burren Park.

Facilities: coach and car parking, Interpretative Centre, picnic area, toilets, and five walking trails.

Getting Here

Cavan Burren Park

  • Main Car Park
  • Cornagee Road
  • Burren
  • Cavan
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Main Car Park
  • Cornagee Road
  • Burren
  • Cavan
  • Republic of Ireland
  • 54.2647342, -7.8885531

Trails

Trail 1 – The Calf House Dolmen Trail

  • Distance: 1.3km
  • Time: 35 minutes
  • Route: Circular
  • Wheelchair accessible: Yes
  • Dogs: Dogs must be kept under control and waste disposed of

This trail offers 360-degree views across the surrounding landscape. This trail provides easy access to many of the important features of this relict landscape, including the Tullygobbin Wedge Tomb, Tullygobbin Viewpoint, Lost Valley Viewpoint, Calf-House Dolmen tomb, Old farmstead, Glacial Erratics, Karst Limestone, Dolines and Sinkholes.

Trail 2 – The Giant’s Leap Trail

  • Distance: 2.7km
  • Time: 50 minutes
  • Terrain: Bog bridge steps and gravel path surfaces
  • Route: Circular
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • Dogs: Dogs must be kept under control and waste disposed of

This trail offers fantastic views across the surrounding landscape as well as including features such as one of the most intact megalithic wedge tombs in the island of Ireland, the Giant’s Leap Wedge Tomb, Limekiln, Lost Valley, Giant’s Leap dry valley and a wide variety of biodiversity.

Trail 3 – The Promontory Fort Trail

  • Distance: 2.9km
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Terrain: Bog bridge steps and gravel path surfaces
  • Route: Circular
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • Dogs: Dogs must be kept under control and waste disposed of

This trail offers fantastic views across the surrounding landscape as well as guiding the visitor through the tranquil Lost Valley past a promontory fort and includes features such as Sinkholes, Relict farm walls and Glacial Erratics.

Trail 4 – Tullygobbin Lough Trail

  • Distance: 1.6km
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Terrain: Gravel path surfaces
  • Route: Circular
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • Dogs: Dogs must be kept under control and waste disposed of

This trail offers fantastic views across the surrounding landscape as well as guiding the visitor through the biodiverse rich Tullygobbin Lough and includes features such as Desiccated Sandstone, Biodiversity and Glacial Erratics.

Trail 5 – The Cavan Way

The Cavan Way walking route enters the forest on Trail 2 through Giant’s Leap dry valley onto Trail 4 before exiting Cavan Burren Park towards Carrickterrim Special Area of Conservation (SAC) towards the village of Blacklion.

Download Park Map

Cavan Burren Park Map

Cavan Burren Park Map

Learning

Cavan Burren Park Information Sheets

Cavan Burren Park Information Sheets

Cavan Burren Park Teacher Sheets

Cavan Burren Park Teacher Sheets

Cavan Burren Park Student Sheets

Cavan Burren Park Student Sheets

Heritage

Cavan Burren Park is located on a limestone plateau at a height of approximately 295 metres beneath the shadow of Cuilcagh Mountain. It is widely recognised as one of the finest prehistoric relict landscapes in Ireland – This site has remained undisturbed and perfect, surrounded by planted forestry since the 1950s and now accessible for everyone to enjoy. Because of this, the site is a real treasure, displaying an incredible insight into our shared history.

Throughout this site there are amazing examples of megalithic tombs including wedge and portal tombs, dating right to the Neolithic Period. As well as this, there have been a great number of archaeological treasures found here including ancient huts, relict field walls, a promontory fort, cist graves and modified boulder monuments, making this an exciting spot for an aspiring archaeologist. Many examples of prehistoric rock art have also been identified.

All these features combine to make Cavan Burren Park one of the finest integrated prehistoric landscapes in Ireland, that will feast the eyes of any explorer.

Natural geological features such as a relict riverbed (Giant’s Leap) and associated dolines and sinkholes across the Lost Valley, where the river sank and disappeared underground, further demonstrate how the pre-glacial landscape may once have looked. This combination of natural and built heritage makes Cavan Burren Park a unique and very special attraction – a ‘relict’ or fossilised landscape in every sense. The park is opened all year round and admission is free.

Steeped in folklore and geological wonder, you’ll be sure to find some magic in this outstanding prehistoric park.

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