The Cavan Burren


The Cavan Burren


Ireland's Hidden Heartlands by Abarta Heritage

The Cavan Burren is a wonderful blend of beautiful scenery and fascinating archaeological heritage.

This remarkable upland limestone plateau contains a wealth of fascinating archaeology. While walking through the Cavan Burren Park you can encounter an array of megalithic tombs, including the ‘Giant’s Grave’, which dates to around 2,500 BC, a promontory fort, glacial erratics, prehistoric rock art, 18th and 19th century settlements, sinkholes and the remains of a pre-glacial river. You can find information about this storied landscape in the Cavan Burren Park Visitor Centre.

The Green Trail 

There are a number of key features in the Cavan Burren which can be found along the park’s trails. Along the Green Trail you will find Tullygobban Wedge Tomb. The name ‘wedge tomb’ refers to its simple wedge shape, which is created by the decrease in the monument’s height and width from the front to the rear. Wedge tombs are the most numerous of Ireland’s megalithic tombs, and date to the Chalcolithic period, a time that falls between the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age, when the first copper tools and weapons began to be created and used in Ireland. Tullygobban is thought to be named after Gobán Saor, a master craftsman from Irish folklore. You can hear more about wedge tombs in this fascinating episode of Amplify Archaeology Podcast with Dr. Neil Carlin.

The Green Trail also brings you to a portal tomb, known as the Calf House. Portal tombs also known as dolmens, generally date to the earlier half of the Neolithic period, making the tomb likely to be over 5,000 years old. Typically they have huge capstones that are balanced on two up right portal stones at the front and a back stone at the rear which create a small chamber. Portal tombs are most commonly found in lowland settings, near rivers or streams. The tomb’s unusual name comes from the fact that it was reused in the 19th and 20th centuries as an animal shelter.

All along the Green Trail you can see a number of erratics, these are huge boulders that were picked up by glaciers over 14,000 years ago and were dropped here when the glaciers melted. Other natural features include sinkholes, where a mighty river once disappeared underground.

For information on the Orange Trail please see the section after the Gallery below.

Visiting Cavan Burren – Information

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Coordinates: Lat. 54.26519, Long. -7.887454
Grid Reference: H 07382 35143
Opening Times:  Varies according to season. For up to date details see here.
Nearest Town: Blacklion (5.7km).
Entry Fee: Free.
Accessibility: The site has an accessible interpretative centre with public toilets. Trail one, which is approx 1.2km in length, is an accessible trail and encompasses some of the most important features at Cavan Burren Park including Tullygobbin Wedge Tomb, Tullygobbin Viewpoint, the Ca