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Top Choice Gastronomy in Blacklion

MacNean House & Restaurant

Award-winning TV chef Neven Maguire grew up in this gorgeous village house and has turned it into one of Ireland's finest restaurants/cookery schools. Book months in advance (or nab a last-minute cancellation online…
Top Choice Historic Site in Blacklion

Cavan Burren Park

Just 3km south of Blacklion, within the Cuilcagh Mountain Park and traversed by the Cavan Way walking route, this otherworldly megalithic site was identified in the 1870s but farmed until the 1950s and only establis…
Top Choice Gastronomy in Butlersbridge

Olde Post Inn

The lovely little village of Cloverhill, 4km north of Butlersbridge, is best known for its award-winning gastronomic restaurant housed in an 1884 former post office. Star chef Gearoid Lynch's contemporary cuisine is…
Park in County Cavan

Killykeen Forest Park

Sprawling over 240 hectares, Killykeen Forest Park, 12km northwest of Cavan, has various nature trails (from 1.5km to 5.8km) that lead you through the woods and along the shore of Lough Oughter, which splatters acro…
Park in Blacklion

Cuilcagh Mountain Park

The border between the Republic and Northern Ireland runs along the ridge of Cuilcagh Mountain, the distinctive tabletop summit of Cuilcagh Mountain Park, the world's first cross-border Geopark. Its lower slopes are…
Pub Food in Butlersbridge

Derragarra Inn

This delightful ivy-covered pub has a wood-beamed interior and a large, sunny beer garden overlooking the river and St Aidan Church across the way. Its unconventional menu includes seared ostrich steak, kangaroo bur…
Park in County Cavan

Dún an Rí Forest Park

The 225-hectare Dún an Rí Forest Park, 11km southwest of Carrickmacross, has four colour-coded forest walks (all less than 4km long), with picnic places and a wishing well. Look out for mink and otters along the riv…
Museum in Ballyjamesduff

Cavan County Museum

Located inside a former convent, this museum's wide-ranging collection includes a huge array of 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century costumes and relics from the Stone, Bronze, Iron and Middle Ages, including the Celtic Ki…
Cafe in Cavan Town

Chapter One

Up a short flight of steps, Chapter One is heaving at lunchtime when locals descend to dine on the huge range of filled bagels, soups, nachos and hot and cold salads. Vegetarian and/or gluten-free options are plenti…
Historic Site in Cavan Town

Bell Tower

All that remains of the 13th-century Franciscan friary the town grew up around is an ancient bell tower, next to the grave of 17th-century rebel leader Owen Roe O'Neill in Abbey Street's cemetery.