Cavan Way

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The Cavan Way is a walking route in County Cavan. It is just 13½ miles long and begins in Blacklion and ends in Dowra. It is typically completed in one day.[1]

The route is designated as a 'National Waymarked Trail' by the National Trails Office of the Irish Sports Council and is managed by Cavan County Council. The trail was devised by a local man, Harold Johnston, and set up by the Blacklion Community Council and the Cavan County Development Team between 1984 and 1985.[2]

The route

From Blacklion, the Way climbs into the hills above the village, looking over Upper and Lower Lough MacNean, before passing along the outskirts of The Cavan Burren and past the Giant's Grave, an ancient passage tomb and the highest point on the trail.

The route descends and passes the Moneygashel crossroads, where the remains of a sweat house may be found. The route then passes the Shannon Pot, the small pool which is the source of the River Shannon. After following the banks of the infant Shannon for a few miles, the Way reaches a road which leads to the end of the trail at Dowra.

Linking paths

The Cavan Way provides a connection between the Leitrim Way at Dowra and the Ulster Way at Blacklion. It forms part of the proposed Beara-Breifne Way, a walking and cycling route under development, intended to run from the Beara Peninsula, County Cork to the old kingdom of Breifne (County Cavan and County Leitrim) following the line of Donal Cam O'Sullivan Beare's march in the aftermath of the Battle of Kinsale in 1602.

Outside links


  1. Cavan Way - Irish Trails (Irish Sports Council)
  2. Siggins, Lorna (19 September 1987). "Legging it in lake country". The Irish Times (Dublin): p. A5. 


  • Fewer, Michael (1993). Irish Long Distance Walks. A Guide to the Way-Marked Trails. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan. ISBN 0-7171-2040-6. 
Long-distance footpaths in the Republic of Ireland

National Waymarked Trails:   Ballyhoura WayBarrow WayBealach na Gaeltachta, Dún na nGallBeara WayBlackwater WayBluestack WayBurren WayCavan WayCroagh Patrick Heritage TrailDingle WayDublin Mountains WayEast Clare WayEast Munster WayGrand Canal WayHymany WayKerry WayLough Derg WayMid Clare WayMiners Way and Historical TrailMonaghan WayMulteen WayNore Valley WayNorth Kerry WayOffaly WayRoyal Canal WaySheep's Head WaySlieve Bloom WaySlieve Felim WaySligo WaySouth Leinster WaySuck Valley WayTáin WayTipperary Heritage WayWestern WayWestmeath WayWicklow Way

Greenways:   Boyne GreenwayDublin-Galway GreenwayGreat Southern TrailGreat Western Greenway

Others:   Bangor TrailMalin to Mizen