Cavan Burren Park is an area of unique geological and archaeological importance. In recent months this site has been transformed into a prehistoric park with a brand new visitor’s centre, five walking trails and a variety of interpretation to suit all ages, abilities and interests.
Looped way marked trails over 7km in length pass by amazing archaeological monuments as well as the geological formations which created the landscape of Cavan Burren today.
A multi-access trail boasts stunning views across counties Leitrim, Cavan, Roscommon and Fermanagh whilst also allowing visitors an up-close experience of the magnificent megalithic tombs of our past.
Longer distance routes bring the walker across sections of bog bridge platform to view the magical Giant’s Leap wedge tomb, a tranquil relict river valley, remains of promontory fort and a series of sinkholes amongst other things.
The longer distance Cavan Way walking route also runs through Cavan Burren Park allowing visitors wider access to the limestone pavement of Carrickterim and the Shannon Pot, the surface rising of the River Shannon.
Cavan Burren Park gives us a glimpse into our history with layer upon layer of both human and natural history visible from the fossils deposited here on a shallow tropical sea bed 240 million years ago to the megalithic tombs constructed by our ancestors over 4,000 years ago.
This combination of natural and built heritage makes Cavan Burren Park a unique recreational and educational resource – an accessible prehistoric landscape in every sense.
The Cavan Burren Park is a key component of the wider Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, an area designated by UNESCO for its geological value.
Indeed the Geopark encompasses a wide variety of spectacular sites in counties Cavan and Fermanagh making it the first UNESCO designated cross border Geopark in the world. Cavan County Council, Coillte Teoranta and the local community have been working since 2007 to protect and sensitively develop the ancient and special landscape of Cavan Burren Park for the public. Why not come and see for yourself all this wonderful place has to offer!
Cavan Burren Park, located outside the village of Blacklion in West Cavan on the N16 Sligo-Enniskillen road. Facilities include visitor centre, walking trails, coach and car parking, public toilets and picnic facilities. Guided tours are available upon request. Please see www.thisiscavan.ie or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
To celebrate the Summer Solstice on June 21st a packed afternoon of spectacular performances and activities has been planned for Cavan Burren Park.
Activities include musical and dance performances, poetry readings, guided walking tours, children’s activities including art wall, fossil rubbing and face painting, Bronze Age procession and historical re-enactments with prehistoric characters as well!
Food for purchase and picnic facilities will also be available.
Admission is FREE so bring the entire family for a fabulous day at Cavan Burren Park.