Things To Do

Nature and Walking


WalkDistance         Type Difficulty
N1) Loughcrew Cairns                        2-3kmGrassy HillModerate
N2) Loughcrew Gardens                     1-2kmGardensEasy
N3) Mullaghmeen                               1.5-8kmForrestModerate
N4) Oldcastle Town    5kmRoads/StreetsEasy
N5) Tullynally Castle and Gardens    2kmGardensEasy
N6) JFK 50-Mile Walk – See Events 50 MileRoad/Lanes Difficult
N7) Loughcrew Lake Walk                                        6kmPathsModerate

Loughcrew Gardens

Loughcrew Gardens are a breathtaking spectacle from 17th and 19th century. Take a walk through centuries of garden and landscape fantasy. The central area of approximately six acres includes a lime avenue, extensive lawns and terraces, magnificent herbaceous border and physic border. Within the gardens stand a medieval motte, St. Oliver Plunkett’s family church and Tower House.

Loughcrew Lake Walk

Loughcrew Lake walk takes in the restored gardens, the old mansion, and a wonderful landscape with a variety of trees leading to the picturesque lake. The return trip should take about one and a half hours.


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. Why not try out the Mullaghmeen Summit Trail / Red Trail? The summit of Mullaghmeen provides magnificent views north across Lough Sheelin and into the neighbouring county of Cavan.



Sporting/Family Activities


F1) Loughcrew Adventure Centre

The adventure centre accommodates all sorts of groups and you get a chance to try wall climbing, zip-lining, crystal mazes and lots of different challenges. No matter your age or the occasion, we have something for you at Loughcrew Adventure Centre.

F2) Tayto Park

Tayto Park is an amusement park with animals, activities and the largest wooden rollercoaster in the world. Perfect for young and old.

F3) Causey Farm is a real life farm and a fun based venue for families and groups. It is an interactive cultural experience in a friendly atmosphere for Irish and international visitors. There are also fantastic seasonal events for families and individuals.

F4) Rock Climbing

Wild North specialises in bringing groups rock climbing in the midlands of Ireland. Not only are Wild North’s climbing instructors fully qualified and insured to bring people rock climbing, but we have an abundant amount of historical and geological knowledge of the area. This results in a fun, adventurous and educational day for all.

F4) Equestrian

Ross House has multiple equestrian facilities; with a large outdoor arena and a 60mx40m indoor arena. There is schooling, hacking, instructions, stabling horses and show jumping throughout the year.        

F5) Lough Sheelin – Fishing  

Lough Sheelin is the largest lake in Cavan and has an area of  4000 acres. The Lough is mostly in Cavan but parts are in Meath and Westmeath and it is part of the River Inny system. This large lake can produce and maintain a large stock of large wild, pink fleshed trout. The average weight in recent years is about 3lbs with regular catches over 7lbs.

F6) Lough Ramor – Fishing  

The Blackwater is fed by Lough Ramor in County Cavan and is the largest tributary of the River Boyne. On the waters controlled by Kells Angling Club you can find the best of brown trout. These are excellent stretches from Mabes Bridge to the Nine-Eyed Bridge.

F7) Pitch & Putt

Located in the town of Oldcastle this 18-hole course is open to the public. Enjoy with family and friends, or even by yourself.

F8) Golf

Crover House Hotel and Golf Course on the shores of Lough Sheelin offers a tranquil setting. The course has matured since it was constructed in 2000. It will test your golfing skills with its par 3’s, which require an iron shot with great accuracy.

Cycling Routes

View our website for some challenging and leisurely courses that take in the highlights of the area.


Local Festivals& Events


Le Cheile

Summer music festival that takes place on the August bank holiday weekend. Showcasing the best in local and international talent.

Spring& Autumn Equinox Festival

This spectacular dawn ceremony happens twice a year at Cairn T. Taking place in March and September, this is a truly stimulating experience.

Co Club

The last Friday of every month sees a crowd gather at Crean’s pub for music, art and poetry displays.

Loughcrew Opera

Set in the historic Loughcrew gardens this festival brings classic operas to the Loughcrew area.

Loughcrew Megalithic Centre

Various events held throughout the year. Irish craft demonstrations, yoga, pilates, talks and classes.

Body and Soul at Ballinlough Castle

A music festival with more to offer. This event creates an alternative world for artists, musicians and like-minded people to get together, to share ideas and stories that result in a unique and indescribable magic. Book tickets early for this sells out each year.

Moynalty Yoga Festival

Relax and enjoy this weekend celebrating yoga and healthy living. One or two day tickets available online.

Spirits of Meath – Halloween

With the tradition of Halloween starting in the county of Meath, it is the ideal place to celebrate this fun and scary holiday. Loads of events for kids and adults running throughout the festival period.

Kells Motorbike Races

One of Ireland’s biggest motorbike race meets, fans flock to the area by the tens of thousands. Experience two thrilling days of high-speed action round the challenging Crossakiel circuit.

MoylaghJFK 50 Mile Walk

This walk takes in the beautiful scenery of the area – including Loughcrew, Mullaghmeen and Fore. It is a sponsored walk with the proceeds going to the Irish Cancer Society. Feel free to walk as much as you can, with the energy on the day you’ll be surprised how far you get. Takes place each June.