5 Heritage Attractions in Cavan

Added: 20/11/2018
5 Heritage Attractions in Cavan

1. Cavan Burren Park

Cavan Burren Park is part of the UNESCO Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, spanning Counties Cavan and Fermanagh. This dramatic, prehistoric landscape was shaped by the Ice Age over 13,000 years ago, and is scattered with huge, fossil-marked boulders, megalithic funeral monuments, and ancient mementos of our earliest ancestors. Learn about Cavan Burren’s history in the visitor centre before exploring the well-signposted walking trails (including multi-access trail). Interpretation along the way will assist you in unravelling the intriguing layers of human history as you walk. This is a sacred space to walk and explore.

2. Kilmore Cathedral

The historic and imposing Kilmore Cathedral stands on an elevated wooded site adjacent to Lough Oughter. An interesting feature is the 12th century Romanesque doorway built into the outside wall of the vestry. The Cathedral also possesses an original copy of the  first translation of the Old Testament into Irish by William Bedell, Bishop of Kilmore from 1629 to 1642. According to tradition, St. Fethlimidh founded a small church on the site in the 6th century.

3Belturbet Railway Station

Vintage railway fans can browse to their hearts’ content in this handsome restored GNR railway station where broad and narrow gauge lines terminated between 1885 and 1959. Now a visitor centre and railway museum, pieces of railway rolling stock, vintage equipment and memorabilia are displayed, along with station buildings such as platform, station master’s house, water tower, goods store, sheds and a section of track.

4. Drumlane Abbey

The remains of the abbey, church and round tower just outside Milltown village date back to AD 555. In the 12th century the Augustinian monks replaced the earlier wooden monastery with stone buildings. An underground passage runs from the monastery to the round tower but is now closed. Look out for interesting carvings of birds, bishops, abbots and kings on some of the door and window areas.

5. Clough Oughter Castle

Part of the Marble Arch Geopark, situated on a small man-made island or crannog Clough Oughter Castle stands like a silent sentinel, watching over its beautiful Lakeland surroundings. Fought for and controlled by warring Irish families, Cromwell’s forces and the Anglo-Norman William de Lacy through the centuries, this enigmatic and imposing structure stands testament to the enduring Irish spirit.