The Burren in Clare was once described by Tim Robinson as a vast memorial to bygone cultures. This is also true in describing the Burren forest property in West Cavan and its surrounding landscape. It is a repository and a memorial to those bygone settlers. The gaelic word “Boireann” means a stony place, a name given due to the exposed limestone bedrock of this area. The limestone formed approximately 340 million years ago during the Carboniferous period when this area was covered by a shallow tropical sea. Limestone is not the only feature of geological interest in the Burren. Huge sandstone boulders (glacial erratics) can be seen throughout the area. These were left behind by the massive glaciers as they crept across the region over 13,000 years ago.

The Burren is a cultural landscape and demonstrates the interaction between people and the resources of the area in which they lived and worked over the millennia. About 2000-4500BC Neolithic farmers began to clear the native woodland (predominantly hazel, yew and juniper) from this area and began laying out field systems, building homes and great funereal monuments – megalithic tombs. This large forest holds in excess of 30 tombs dating from Neolithic times to the early bronze age, old field systems and some 19th century artefacts. Most of the present forest was planted in mid 1950’s and helped to protect the archaeological and geological features of the site. Cavan Burren Park has amazing examples of megalithic tombs, stone walls, ancient rock art, glacial erratics and breathtaking views of Cuilcagh Mountain and the surrounding landscapes of Lough MacNean, Cavan and Fermanagh and the wider Global Geopark.

5000 years of history at Cavan Burren with incredible archaeology – Giants Grave, Calf House Dolmen, The Giants Leap and rock art
Set in a limestone karst landscape with massive sinkholes swallowing up streams and a lost valley!

Approximately 4km south of the village of Blacklion

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Visitors Facilities on site



Picnic site


Walking trails

Coach and car parking – open during daylight hours
Interpretive centre with visitor information and toilets

trail map

Nearby pit stops