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Explore County Cavan from Hawthorn Lodge

County Cavan is a place that many tourists miss or pass through as they make their way across the northern half of Ireland.

Located on the border of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland halfway between Dublin and Sligo, Cavan (Irish for ‘the hollow') is an outdoor retreat, an area of lakes and open countryside.

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Hawthorne Lodge, Belturbet, Co. Cavan. Run by Pauline and Samantha Rodgers.

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Highlights of County Cavan

Cavan is said to have 365 lakes – one for each day of the year – which makes it an ideal location for boating, fishing, kayaking, and other watersports.

A variety of terrain, including mountains and caves, makes Cavan a terrific place to explore.

Parts of Cavan falls within the Cuilcagh Lakelands Geopark. Within this area you'll find rivers, lakes, mountains, ancient sites, cycling paths, and plenty of stunning walks.

Within the geopark you'll also find the Cavan Burren. Though not as barren as the Burren in County Clare, you'll find similar limestone terrain, ancient dolmens, and evidence of settlements from 4500 BC.

Drumlane Abbey

Cavan is also becoming a ‘foodie' destination with two celebrity chefs bringing attention to the county. Nevin Maguire operates MacNean House & Restaurant, which also has a cookery school, and Richard Corrigan owns Virginia Park Lodge and The Deerpark Inn.

Hawthorn Lodge B&B

Mother-daughter duo, Pauline and Samantha Rodgers, are your welcoming hosts at Hawthorn Lodge B&B, a 4 star, class 3 sustainable property that is ranked among the top 3% of accommodations in Ireland.

Situated within the Cuilcagh Lakes Geopark, Hawthorn Lodge is a terrific base for exploring the area, providing a ‘home away from home' experience (but with made-to-order breakfast).

Book your stay at Hawthorn Lodge via Booking.com or Kayak.

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3 Things You Shouldn't Miss in Cavan

Drumlane Abbey and Round Tower This site dates back to 555 AD and is under the care of the OPW.

Cavan Adventure Centre Can arrange land and water based activities.

Cavan Burren Park Walking trails, prehistoric tombs, and a terrific interpretive centre.

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