Europe > Britain and Ireland > Ireland > Northwest Ireland and Lakelands > County Cavan
Cities, towns and villages
- 1 Cavan (an Cabhán, "the hollow") – county town
- 2 Bailieborough (Coill an Chollaigh)
- 3 Ballyconnell (Béal Átha Conaill, "Entrance to the Ford of Conall")
- 4 Belturbet (Béal Tairbirt, "mouth of the isthmus")
- 5 Virginia (Achadh an Iúir, "field of the yew") – Gateway to the Ireland's Lakeland Region
From Dublin, the N3 will get you to Cavan town in about 1.5 hours.
From Dublin, Belfast, or Donegal.
You will need a car to get around County Cavan speedily. Besides the hourly bus services to Dublin, etc., there is little in the way of public transport.
County Sports Partnership offers bikes to hire, two tandem bicycles, one hand-cycle and one universal hand-cycle wheelchair attachment.
Local Link Cavan Monaghan operate a frequent town bus service in Cavan, consisting of three routes:
- Route C1 provides a service from the northern villages of Ballyhaise and Butlers Bridge into Cavan, serving Cavan Institute, Cavan Bus Station and terminating at the Kilmore Roundabout in the east of the town. Buses run 8 times per day Monday to Saturday.
- Route C2 provides a service from the southern village of Ballinagh into Cavan, serving Cavan Bus Station, Swellan and terminating at Cavan General Hospital in the west of the town. Buses run 8 times per day Monday to Saturday.
- Route C3 provides a cross-town service from Farnham Estate in the west, via Cavan General Hospital, Cavan Bus Station and Cavan Institute to Rocklands in the east, running 8 times per day Monday to Saturday. An extension of route C3 continues to the northern villages of Ballyhaise and Redhills, 3 times per day Monday to Saturday.
All three routes connect with each other at Cavan Bus Station in the centre of the town. No town bus service operates on Sundays.
Single fares on the town bus service range between €1.50-€4.00 adult, €1.50-€3.50 student and €1.00-€2.00 child. Weekly tickets are also available.
- See the county museum in Ballyjamesduff
- Visit Dun A Ri Forest Park in Kingscourt.
- Fishing and boating on the Erne River.
- Explore the Marble Arch Caves.
- Virginia Pumpkin Festival. October bank holiday weekend.
- Duggans Pub and Restaurant/Olde Post Inn/ at Cloverhill.
- 1 Virginia Park Lodge, Virginia (Just outside the village), ☏ . Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00. Traditional country house hotel. On a private 100 acre estate on Lough Ramor with fishing, golf course, and formal gardens on grounds. Restaurant open to Wed-Sun.
- Radisson Blu Hotel Farnham Estate, Farnham Estate, County Cavan, ☏ . On 1,300 acres and surrounded by 7 km of walking trails and fishing holes. New modern hotel with 2 bars and function rooms built behind the ancestral home of Lord Farnham. and has a busy restaurant and food service. Weddings a speciality. Natural walks and well manicured lawns give the estate a "country" feeling.
Virginia [dead link] an attractive small town founded in 1612. On the N3 beside Lough Ramor. Several hotels, B&Bs, pubs, restaurants, and a golf course. Ideal location for weekend breaks with good angling, boating, wildlife and forest walks close by.