Gary’s guidebook

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Gary’s guidebook

Sightseeing

A small uphill hike to megalithic tombs over 5200 years old. It is the higest point in Meath at 276m above sea level. The hike takes about 15-20 min and gives spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Nellys coffee shop is located a short distance from the car park, for refreshments.
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Loughcrew Cairns
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A small uphill hike to megalithic tombs over 5200 years old. It is the higest point in Meath at 276m above sea level. The hike takes about 15-20 min and gives spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Nellys coffee shop is located a short distance from the car park, for refreshments.
Fore, a village found in a valley of County Westmeath, is home to the ruins of a 7th Century Christian monastery founded by St Fechin. In a tranquil, green valley in the village of Fore, about a 30-minute drive from Mullingar in County Westmeath, visitors can view the site where St Fechin founded a Christian monastery in the 7th Century. It’s believed that before his death, 300 monks lived in the community. Later, the monastery was set fire 12 times. Among the remains, visitors can see St Fechin’s church, built about 900. They will also find one of the 18 Fore crosses, which are spread out over 10 kilometres on roadways and in fields. The Seven Wonders of Fore include, the monastery in the bog, the mill without a race, the water that flows uphill, the tree that has three branches/the tree that won’t burn, the water that won’t boil, the anchorite in a stone and the stone/lintel raised by St Fechin’s prayers.
Fore Abbey
Fore, a village found in a valley of County Westmeath, is home to the ruins of a 7th Century Christian monastery founded by St Fechin. In a tranquil, green valley in the village of Fore, about a 30-minute drive from Mullingar in County Westmeath, visitors can view the site where St Fechin founded a Christian monastery in the 7th Century. It’s believed that before his death, 300 monks lived in the community. Later, the monastery was set fire 12 times. Among the remains, visitors can see St Fechin’s church, built about 900. They will also find one of the 18 Fore crosses, which are spread out over 10 kilometres on roadways and in fields. The Seven Wonders of Fore include, the monastery in the bog, the mill without a race, the water that flows uphill, the tree that has three branches/the tree that won’t burn, the water that won’t boil, the anchorite in a stone and the stone/lintel raised by St Fechin’s prayers.
Over 5000-year-old passage tomb located in the Boyne Valley. Its construction allows light to shine down the 19-meter long passage lighting up the burial chamber. This happens twice a year at both the longest and shortest days of the year. It provides a great day trip with a guided tour, steeped with the ancient history of the local area.
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Newgrange
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Over 5000-year-old passage tomb located in the Boyne Valley. Its construction allows light to shine down the 19-meter long passage lighting up the burial chamber. This happens twice a year at both the longest and shortest days of the year. It provides a great day trip with a guided tour, steeped with the ancient history of the local area.
The House and Gardens within at Loughcrew Estate date back to the 17th century – making it a landscape of historical and religious significance. Here, you’ll find a medieval motte and St. Oliver Plunkett’s family church among other old buildings. You’ll also find lime and yew avenues, extensive lawns and terraces, a water garden and a magnificent herbaceous border. There is a Fairy Trail for children and a coffee shop too!
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Loughcrew House, Gardens, Café, Adventure
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The House and Gardens within at Loughcrew Estate date back to the 17th century – making it a landscape of historical and religious significance. Here, you’ll find a medieval motte and St. Oliver Plunkett’s family church among other old buildings. You’ll also find lime and yew avenues, extensive lawns and terraces, a water garden and a magnificent herbaceous border. There is a Fairy Trail for children and a coffee shop too!
Mullaghmeen Forest is the largest planted beech forest in Ireland. Along with beech, within its 400 ha of forest, it also has Sitka spruce, Scots pine and Noble fir and a very interesting native tree collection. This is well worth a stop on the Mullaghmeen Summit Trail / Red Trail. The summit of Mullaghmeen provides magnificent views north across Lough Sheelin and into the neighbouring county of Cavan. it is also home to the red squirrel amongst much other wildlife.
Mullaghmeen Forest
Mullaghmeen Forest is the largest planted beech forest in Ireland. Along with beech, within its 400 ha of forest, it also has Sitka spruce, Scots pine and Noble fir and a very interesting native tree collection. This is well worth a stop on the Mullaghmeen Summit Trail / Red Trail. The summit of Mullaghmeen provides magnificent views north across Lough Sheelin and into the neighbouring county of Cavan. it is also home to the red squirrel amongst much other wildlife.
The Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail also nicknamed the Stairway to Heaven Walk is located in Co. Fermanagh. The route meanders through one of the largest expanses of blanket bog in Northern Ireland, traversing over tracks, boardwalk and staircase. A steep climb is required to reach the viewing platform on Cuilcagh Mountain which provides breathtaking views of the surrounding low lands. There are 450 steps which stretch over 36 flights of stairs in total. A round trip is approx 12km or 7 miles, it took us about 4 hours to complete. Some of the flights are quite steep and you will have to use the handrail on the way up for safety. All the steps and the boardwalk also have chicken wire fixed to the boards, so there is no fear of slipping on the way up or down. Parking is €5 and there is no cafe there so I recommend bringing water and snacks. The Marble arch caves are a 2 in the drive from the walkway and have a cafe and bathrooms. I also recommend doing the caves when you are there. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhtZVJEM9EA&t=282s
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Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail
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The Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail also nicknamed the Stairway to Heaven Walk is located in Co. Fermanagh. The route meanders through one of the largest expanses of blanket bog in Northern Ireland, traversing over tracks, boardwalk and staircase. A steep climb is required to reach the viewing platform on Cuilcagh Mountain which provides breathtaking views of the surrounding low lands. There are 450 steps which stretch over 36 flights of stairs in total. A round trip is approx 12km or 7 miles, it took us about 4 hours to complete. Some of the flights are quite steep and you will have to use the handrail on the way up for safety. All the steps and the boardwalk also have chicken wire fixed to the boards, so there is no fear of slipping on the way up or down. Parking is €5 and there is no cafe there so I recommend bringing water and snacks. The Marble arch caves are a 2 in the drive from the walkway and have a cafe and bathrooms. I also recommend doing the caves when you are there. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhtZVJEM9EA&t=282s
Located a 2-minute drive from the Cuilcagh board walk the marble arch caves are a series of natural limestone caves. The caves are formed from three rivers draining off the northern slopes of Cuilcagh mountain, which combine underground to form the Cladagh. At 11.5 kilometres (7.1 mi) the Marble Arch Caves form the longest known cave system in Northern Ireland. A tour of the caves takes about 25 min. It is a 500 meter guided walking tour with about 154 steps. Its has good facilities with a cafe, restrooms and parking. Well worth the visit. If you need to book please go to their website. https://marblearchcaves.co.uk/
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Marble Arch Caves
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Located a 2-minute drive from the Cuilcagh board walk the marble arch caves are a series of natural limestone caves. The caves are formed from three rivers draining off the northern slopes of Cuilcagh mountain, which combine underground to form the Cladagh. At 11.5 kilometres (7.1 mi) the Marble Arch Caves form the longest known cave system in Northern Ireland. A tour of the caves takes about 25 min. It is a 500 meter guided walking tour with about 154 steps. Its has good facilities with a cafe, restrooms and parking. Well worth the visit. If you need to book please go to their website. https://marblearchcaves.co.uk/
It is about a 2 and 1/2 hour drive but it is one of my favourite hikes with spectacular views of Clew bays 300 islands, making it well worth the climb. The Hiking Trail is a moderate to strenuous 7km (3-4 hr) walk with loose stones near the top. I recommend taking a stick or hiring one there. €2. There is a chapel at the summit located near to where St Patrick is laid to rest. There are also great pubs and restaurants at the bottom of the mountain. Further out west about 30min drive, surf mayo on google maps is a spectacular spot to catch views of the sunset. (also some great surfing)
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Croagh Patrick
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It is about a 2 and 1/2 hour drive but it is one of my favourite hikes with spectacular views of Clew bays 300 islands, making it well worth the climb. The Hiking Trail is a moderate to strenuous 7km (3-4 hr) walk with loose stones near the top. I recommend taking a stick or hiring one there. €2. There is a chapel at the summit located near to where St Patrick is laid to rest. There are also great pubs and restaurants at the bottom of the mountain. Further out west about 30min drive, surf mayo on google maps is a spectacular spot to catch views of the sunset. (also some great surfing)
Trim Castle, Ireland's largest Anglo-Norman castle is a must-visit in the historically rich Boyne Valley in Trim, County Meath. It was constructed over a thirty year period by Hugh de Lacy and his son Walter as the home of the Lordship of Meath. Trim Castle is a stunning Norman castle on the south bank of the River Boyne. This magnificent site experienced a renaissance in 2000 when it was opened to the public after being excavated and restored. The movie Braveheart with Mel Gibson was filmed at Trim Castle in 1995. Access to the keep is by guided tour only for safety reasons. Visitors can learn more from interpretation panels and enjoy the impressive grounds of the castle. Trim, a designated heritage town, is renowned as one of Ireland's most beautiful towns and is believed to have more medieval buildings than any town in Ireland. With Trim Castle on its doorstep, it’s a town well worth a visit. I also recommend a trip to Marcie Regan's, Lenihan's or the James Griffin pub, and Franzinis restaurant.
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Trim Castle
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Trim Castle, Ireland's largest Anglo-Norman castle is a must-visit in the historically rich Boyne Valley in Trim, County Meath. It was constructed over a thirty year period by Hugh de Lacy and his son Walter as the home of the Lordship of Meath. Trim Castle is a stunning Norman castle on the south bank of the River Boyne. This magnificent site experienced a renaissance in 2000 when it was opened to the public after being excavated and restored. The movie Braveheart with Mel Gibson was filmed at Trim Castle in 1995. Access to the keep is by guided tour only for safety reasons. Visitors can learn more from interpretation panels and enjoy the impressive grounds of the castle. Trim, a designated heritage town, is renowned as one of Ireland's most beautiful towns and is believed to have more medieval buildings than any town in Ireland. With Trim Castle on its doorstep, it’s a town well worth a visit. I also recommend a trip to Marcie Regan's, Lenihan's or the James Griffin pub, and Franzinis restaurant.

Food scene

Crover house hotel and golf club. Overlooking Lough Sheelin, the hotel's bar and restaurants provide great food and entertainment. Along with a 9 hole golf course, the hotel has good walks ways through its gardens and woodlands down to the shores of Lough Sheelin.
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Crover House Hotel & Golf Club
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Crover house hotel and golf club. Overlooking Lough Sheelin, the hotel's bar and restaurants provide great food and entertainment. Along with a 9 hole golf course, the hotel has good walks ways through its gardens and woodlands down to the shores of Lough Sheelin.
Near buy Cafe for coffee and brunch.
The Happy Cup Café
Near buy Cafe for coffee and brunch.
15 min drive Restaurant and bar located in the centre of town.
Oldcastle House Hotel And Restaurant
15 min drive Restaurant and bar located in the centre of town.
15 min drive great place for bar food.
Caffrey's Bar & Restaurant
15 min drive great place for bar food.
20 min drive Nice restaurant with views overlooking Lough Ramour Virginia https://www.stkyrans.com/
St Kyrans Country House
20 min drive Nice restaurant with views overlooking Lough Ramour Virginia https://www.stkyrans.com/
Best place for takeaway pizza. 5 mile
Enzo's Takeaway
Best place for takeaway pizza. 5 mile
Good for takeaway Chinese 6 mile drive
Chinese Gourmet Restaurant
Good for takeaway Chinese 6 mile drive
Brilliant food and great service. Centrally located in Cavan town, with parking beside it and I can highly recommended.
Barduccis
Brilliant food and great service. Centrally located in Cavan town, with parking beside it and I can highly recommended.

Arts And Crafts

Ballyjamesduff is home to the county museum. Its has a great display of heritage and culture and its environs. Exhibition galleries feature unique artefacts dating from the stone age up until the twentieth century, material spanning over 6000 years of occupation in Cavan. Displays of notable interest include the Killycluggin stone and the three-faced Corleck Head, two of the most recognisable examples of Celtic spirituality in the country. The museum also houses a medieval Dug-Out boat and a selection of medieval Sheela-na-Gigs, as well as a Folk Life gallery depicting life in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Newly-opened galleries deal with topics as diverse as the Great Famine, Percy French and the Lords Farnham. Our temporary exhibition space plays host to visiting and currently relevant exhibitions, whilst our Eden Gallery is home to regular art shows given by local and national artists. http://www.cavanmuseum.ie/
Cavan County Museum
Ballyjamesduff is home to the county museum. Its has a great display of heritage and culture and its environs. Exhibition galleries feature unique artefacts dating from the stone age up until the twentieth century, material spanning over 6000 years of occupation in Cavan. Displays of notable interest include the Killycluggin stone and the three-faced Corleck Head, two of the most recognisable examples of Celtic spirituality in the country. The museum also houses a medieval Dug-Out boat and a selection of medieval Sheela-na-Gigs, as well as a Folk Life gallery depicting life in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Newly-opened galleries deal with topics as diverse as the Great Famine, Percy French and the Lords Farnham. Our temporary exhibition space plays host to visiting and currently relevant exhibitions, whilst our Eden Gallery is home to regular art shows given by local and national artists. http://www.cavanmuseum.ie/
Here is located a wonderful vintage and rich craft heritage shop, hosting a workshop and a cafe, in the heartland of Ireland, full of personality and character by its owners. https://www.craftsofireland.ie/
Crafts Of Ireland
Here is located a wonderful vintage and rich craft heritage shop, hosting a workshop and a cafe, in the heartland of Ireland, full of personality and character by its owners. https://www.craftsofireland.ie/

Lakes and parks

A 10 minute walk from us Lough Sheelin is well renowned for its brown trout fly fishing in May. Covering an area of 4700 acres, it is surrounded by great walks and views, many of which are around cover shore and the hotel. With great views of the lake you can spot castle island. Crover Castle is built on an island at Lough Sheelin. There was a road long ago from the castle to Crover house. The great Edward O'Reilly of Breiffney lived there and the O'Reillys still own the castle. He defended it against Cromwell's army in the year 1649. It is also worth a trip to the opposite side of the lake to Finea village. A small village it is a nice stop with, food restaurants and shops.
Lough Sheelin
A 10 minute walk from us Lough Sheelin is well renowned for its brown trout fly fishing in May. Covering an area of 4700 acres, it is surrounded by great walks and views, many of which are around cover shore and the hotel. With great views of the lake you can spot castle island. Crover Castle is built on an island at Lough Sheelin. There was a road long ago from the castle to Crover house. The great Edward O'Reilly of Breiffney lived there and the O'Reillys still own the castle. He defended it against Cromwell's army in the year 1649. It is also worth a trip to the opposite side of the lake to Finea village. A small village it is a nice stop with, food restaurants and shops.
Located in the fore valley, lough lene is a freshwater lake with clear water and a pier it provides a good place to swim. There are good facilities there - big tarmacadam car park, toilets, changing rooms and benches around the lake. Lovely scenery too. It can get busy during summer weekends but it is worth a visit.
Lough Lene Parking
Located in the fore valley, lough lene is a freshwater lake with clear water and a pier it provides a good place to swim. There are good facilities there - big tarmacadam car park, toilets, changing rooms and benches around the lake. Lovely scenery too. It can get busy during summer weekends but it is worth a visit.
Located near Virginia, Deerpark provides great walkways and views of Lough Ramour.
Deerpark Forest Park
Located near Virginia, Deerpark provides great walkways and views of Lough Ramour.
The Killykeen Forest Park - Nature Trail is a 3km loop and takes one hour to complete. Following lush forest paths, you’ll spot tree species like Norway and Sitka Spruce, Ash, Oak and Beech and of course, stunning lakeshore views. In addition to Killykeen Forest Park’s multi-access walking trails and paths, you’ll also find convenient picnic areas, a swimming area and a family cycle trail too.
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Killykeen Forest Park
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The Killykeen Forest Park - Nature Trail is a 3km loop and takes one hour to complete. Following lush forest paths, you’ll spot tree species like Norway and Sitka Spruce, Ash, Oak and Beech and of course, stunning lakeshore views. In addition to Killykeen Forest Park’s multi-access walking trails and paths, you’ll also find convenient picnic areas, a swimming area and a family cycle trail too.

City/town information

This is our local village. It provides all the local amenities, such as a shop, cafe, filling station and pub.
Mount Nugent
This is our local village. It provides all the local amenities, such as a shop, cafe, filling station and pub.
Oldcastle, is about 5-6miles from Mountnugent a 10-minute drive. A larger town it has more of a selection of pubs, restaurants, takeaways and supermarkets.
Oldcastle
Oldcastle, is about 5-6miles from Mountnugent a 10-minute drive. A larger town it has more of a selection of pubs, restaurants, takeaways and supermarkets.
Best for nightlife being a larger town, Cavan has some night clubs and an even greater variety of bars and restaurants.
Cavan
Best for nightlife being a larger town, Cavan has some night clubs and an even greater variety of bars and restaurants.