- Canoeing: Ballyconnell is on the Shannon-Erne Blueway Guide. The Shannon-Erne Blueway is a 70km paddling trail from Leitrim Village in Co Leitrim to Belturbet in Co Cavan, linking with the Erne System at Crom in Co Fermanagh. It comprises a series of 15 individual trails varying in distance and character.
Shannon-Erne Blueway Paddling Guide
2. Walking/Hiking: The Ballyconnell Canal Loop Walk is a short and easy 2 hour (6km) loop walk along the banks of the Woodford River, along the shore of Annagh Lake and back to Ballyconnell town.
3. Cavan Burren Park is one of Ireland’s most beautiful megalithic landscapes Walkers can choose from four trails of varying lengths with a combined distance of 10km. Stories of giants and moving glaciers come to life with every step you take in this breathtakingly beautiful prehistoric park. Cavan Burren Park website
Download Walking Guide Cavan
4. Cuilcagh Boardwalk (Cuilcagh Legnabrocky Trail): The Cuilcagh Legnagbrocky Trail is a linear route which will appeal to walkers with some experience walking in the hills.A boardwalk was constructed in order to protect the rare and sensitive blanket bog habitat that stretches here as far as the eye can see. A rough mountain path negotiates the wild summit plateau for a few kilometres before reaching an ancient cairn (the remains of a burial mound dating from the Bronze Age 2,500 – 500 BC) that stands at 666 metres (2,182 ft) above sea level.
Information at Marble Arch website
5. Golf :Slieve Russell Hotel Golf Club, Belturbet Golf Club
6. Outdoors Dirty Extreme: ODD is Ireland’s number one Outdoor Extreme Activity Centre with unique and exciting experiences. Enjoy the Hovercraft Grand-Prix, Rage Off-Road Buggy Rally, Woodland Laser Combat, Powerturn Dragster Karts and Clay Pigeon Shooting. Suitable for everyone – groups and individuals. Great value packages available to suit every budget. Open all year round. Phone: +353 49 952-3877
7. CAVAN ADVENTURE CENTRE: Established since 2008 Cavan Adventure Centre supplies numerous land and water-based activities suitable for all ages. Experience action-packed adventure in one of Ireland’s most spectacular landscapes. From various naturally beautiful kayak and bike trails to a splashtastic water park.
Cavan Adventure Centre
8. Horse Riding: Hacking on quiet countryside roads is available to book with several routes to choose from ranging from one to three hour hacks. Derryham Stables
Places of Interest
1. Drumlane Abbey and Round Tower.
Drumlane’s round tower is an impressive historic monument located in a monastic site in Milltown, County Cavan. Founded in 555 AD by Saint Columba, the tower stands near an abbey and church and remains an enduring tourist attraction in Cavan today.
2. Devenish Island – Lough Erne.
Please note Devenish Island is only accessible by water. The following operators provide water transport to Devenish Island:
– Erne Water Taxi +44 (0) 77 1977 0588
– Erne Tours +44 (0) 28 6632 2882
– Erne Boat Hire +44 (0) 75 2342 3232
Explore this underworld labyrinth on a guided walking tour as you trace the journey of the Owenbrean River and discover its energy as the waters gurgle and splash venturing deeper into the black abyss. Marble Arches Website
4. County Museum – Ballyjamesduff.
5. Florencecourt house and gardens
7. St. Mogue’s Island – Templeport.
8. Ballyhugh Arts and Cultural centre.
9. Ulster American folk park- Omagh.
The Loaf café is open during museum hours offering a selection of light bites and refreshments but with reduced capacity and social distancing measures in place.
10. Bawnboy workhouse – Built 1800.
11. Restored Belturbet railway station.