Car Hire Cavan

The county of Cavan is in the north west of Ireland and shares a border with Northern Ireland. It is known as ‘the lake county’ as it has 365 lakes and is popular for boating and fishing. Visitors to the area can also enjoy activities such as hiking and horse riding, to really enjoy the natural beauty of the place.

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Cavan is a great region to explore by car, with the Breifine Mountains and Mount Cuilcagh as a backdrop to the north, you will see countryside dotted with lakes and forest. To the south you will find the largest lake, Lough Sheelin. The county is rich in wildlife and has protected lakes such as Lough Ramor and Lough Gowna. There are many forested areas to explore too, for example, Killykeen Forest Park and Dun na Ri Forest Park. One of the most famous attractions is the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, which was given UNESCO status in 2008. Here you can take a tour of the caves and see the Tullydermot Falls. The geopark also contains ruined abbeys, archaeological sites and forests. Burren Forest and Moneygashel Cashel are two sites worth exploring from the Neolithic and Bronze Age. You should also look out for Clough Oughter Castle, built in the 13th century and captured by the infamous O’Reillys.

The town of Cavan is home to the Church of Ireland and the Cathedral of St Patrick and Felim but also known for its crystal, which can be seen at the Cavan Crystal Showroom. The town is also known for hosting many music and dance festivals. Virginia, a small pretty town next to Lough Ramor is considered to be the gateway to the lakeland region and has been popular with tourists for hundreds of years. It has woodland trails and a golf course and hosts many local events such as the Pumpkin Festival.

To learn more about the regions history, you can visit the Cavan County Museum in Ballyjamesduff or take a heritage town walking trail in Cootehill or Belturbet. Cootehill is well known for fishing as it has 26 lakes within a10 km radius and also the monolithic tombs at Cohaw. The town of Belturbet sits on the River Erne and is a major centre for boating holidays or you take a day cruise around Lake Erne. Here you will also see the ancient Turbet Island Motte and Bailey. Drumlane Abbey is close by, with the ruins of a priory and monastery from the 12th century and next to the scenic Derrybrick Lake.

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The county is a 2 hour drive from both Belfast and Dublin, so ideal for those wanting a break away from the city. The area was run by the prosperous O’Reilly family in the 16th century, hence the saying ‘living the life of Reilly’.

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