Séan Éamoinn Ruairí Trail

The Séan Éamoinn Ruairí Trail is an opportunity to escape from the stresses of modern life into a paradise of tranquillity. With views of preserved, rugged Irish landscape, old fields that have stood the test of time and abandoned farmhouses that will have you feeling like you’ve stepped back into the past, you’ll never be disappointed with this hidden gem. The trail takes you through to the uplands of Glangevlin, and past many sites of historical significance.

Facilities: Car parking, interpretation, picnic area and the Séan Éamoinn Ruairí Trail.

Getting Here

Séan Éamoinn Ruairí Trail

  • Séan Éamoinn Ruairí Trail
  • St Patrick's Hall
  • Glangevlin
  • Cavan
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Séan Éamoinn Ruairí Trail
  • St Patrick's Hall
  • Glangevlin
  • Cavan
  • Republic of Ireland
  • 54.1960125, -7.895501

Walking Trail

  • Distance: 7km
  • Time: 1.5 hours
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Terrain: Minor road and trackway
  • Route: Linear
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • Dogs: Dogs must be kept under control and waste disposed of

Continue past the church, taking the first left by the parochial house heading towards Cuilcagh Mountain. Veer left towards the townlands of Eshveagh and Legglass. Cross a mountain stream past the sweathouse, an ancient form of sauna, and abandoned farmsteads. Head west past the Weavers House and sculpture memorial to Séan Éamoinn Ruairí. There are picnic benches and wonderful views. Séan Éamoinn Ruairí’s former homestead is to the left and privately occupied. Join the old Blacklion/Glangevlin road. Turn left to head for home.

Downloadable Map

Sean Eamonn Ruari Trail Map

Sean Eamonn Ruari Trail Map

Heritage

Séan Éamoinn Ruairí was the last native Irish speaker in County Cavan. The landscape of this trail was his home and serves as a way to honour and admire him as a significant figure in our history, but also pay homage to the beautiful, historically rich landscape that he grew up on. Séan Éamoinn Ruairí’s homestead can also be viewed from afar, though it is privately occupied. While on this wonderful trail, you pass a mountain stream that looks on to an ancient sweathouse.

The sweathouse is an ancient version of a sauna, similar to that of a Turkish bath. They are small bee-hive shaped, corbelled structures that were made from field stones. The structures are no more than 2 metres in height, meaning they can only accommodate one person at a time, most likely on their hands and knees. It is said that these structures were used for ancient healing purposes, and to connect to other worlds. The Séan Éamoinn Ruairí trail is a true celebration of the many layers of Irish history, the breathtaking landscape, and the evolution of Irish culture.

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