Visitors to Kingscourt are spoiled for choice. The fabulous four star Cabra Castle Hotel is one of Cavan's most historic and delightful hotels while the captivating Dun a Rí Forest Park is one of Ireland's finest parks, perfect for families and walkers. Nearby Lough-an-Leagh mountain (1119ft) is an area of outstanding natural beauty. On a fine day it is possible to see 14 counties from the summit. There is a beautiful walk at the top of Lough-an-Leagh.
Other accommodation includes the perfectly located Dun a Rí House Hotel in the centre of town and several B&Bs and self catering accommodations.
Situated one mile from Kingscourt, Dun a Rí Forest Park is situated in a tranquil glen. The park is home to stoat, hare, mink, rabbit and otter. Red and grey squirrel can be seen along the banks of the River Cabra. Stroll through deep, leafy glades over old bridges enjoying marvellous views north to Slieve Gullion in County Armagh and the Mountains of Mourne. Some interesting features in the park include Cromwell's bridge, a wishing well and an ice house. There are four marked walks of approximately 1.5–2km in length in the park.
A number of surrounding lakes, such as Ervey and Greaghlone are well stocked with many species of coarse fish.
Kingscourt's Catholic Church, sitting on a ridge high above the town, displays excellent stained glass windows by the renowned Irish artist Evie Hone, who also provided designs for Eton College Chapel.
To the south-west of Kingscourt is Muff Rock, scene of an annual horse fair on August 12th the origins of which date to prehistoric times. Muff Fair is widely regarded as the Oldest Horse Fair in Ireland.
Places to Stay - Click here to find accommodation in Kingscourt.
Places to Eat
Cabra Castle Hotel & Restaurant t: +353 (0)42 966 7030
Murtagh's Bar & Restaurant t: +353 (0)42 966 7660
Dun a Ri House Hotel & Restaurant t: +353 (0)42 966 8091
Things to Do
Dun a Ri Forest Park
Dun a Ri is one of the most beautiful and tranquil forest parks in Ireland. With the Cabra River running through the park, small waterfalls, several historical sites of interest, a diversity of flora and fauna and four mapped walks Dun a Ri has something for all the family. Located 1 mile north of Kingscourt on the R179 to Carrickmacross. View map of Dun a Ri Forest Park.
Located on the Kingscourt - Bailieborough Road, Lough-an-Leagh (the Lake of the Cures) is one of the highest points in Cavan. With stunning views of the surrounding countryside, visitors can visit the Mass Rock, enjoy a picnic in beautiful surroundings or walk along the mountain top and nearby forest (7km).
Brú na Bóinne
Donore, Co Meath t: +353 (0) 41 988 0300 recommended to pre-book for tour groups
Open Season: Newgrange: All year
Open Season: Knowth - Easter to October
Bru na Boinne - the Palace of the Boyne- is the name given to one of the world's most important archaeological landscapes here on the border with County Cavan. Dominated by the spectacular prehistoric passage tombs of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth, UNESCO has designated Brú na Bóinne a World Heritage Site. The passage tombs of Brú na Bóinne are about 5000 years old. Located 2km west of Donore Village on L2.
Walking - Click here for information on walking in Cavan and the kingscourt areas.
Anglling - Click here for information on angling in Cavan and Kingscourt
Gerry Duffy, The Wier, Emmett Street, Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan
t: +353 (0)42 966 3601 or +353 (0)87 627 1993 www.gerryduffy.com
With 40 years experience and an intimate knowledge of the fisheries of this region, Gerry specialises in fly-fishing for Pike and offers fly-casting tuition for beginners and improvers and caters for Autumn/Winter Pike. Gerry also provides a game angling service fishing for trout and salmon. Fishing Tackle, boats and ghilie service also available.