Nearby Attractions in Killeshandra Cavan Ireland

Some interesting places to visit and enjoy in the surrounding area on your visit to Killeshandra.


Killykeen Forest Park

Killykeen Forest Park surrounds the lake and islands of Lough Oughter. Scattered throughout the park are early fortifications such as Crannogs or lake dwellings. The woodland has great diversity of trees with oak, ash, birch, beech, sycamore and alder in abundance


Clough Oughter

Located on a man-made island on Lough Oughter, the castle is accessible only by boat. It was built in the early 13th century by the Anglo-Normans but was soon seized by the O’Reillys who controlled it until the 16th century. The castle and lands were granted to Captain Hugh Culme as part of the Plantation of Ulster but were then seized by Irish rebels during the 1641 rebellion.

Clough Oughter Castle was used as a prison after the victory of Eoghan Roe O’Neill at the Battle of Benburb in 1646. The castle was finally abandoned after it was badly damaged during a siege by Cromwellian forces in 1653. In 1987, an excavation at the site uncovered at least four phases of building.


Drumlane Monastic Site, Milltown

Sitting between Drumlane and Derrybrick Loughs, are the remains of a 6th Century monastery founded by St. Mogue, the Bishop of Ferns. The round tower is one of the most striking features of the site, standing over 11m high. Look for the carvings of birds on the external wall. The church features a number of interesting stone heads, one above the door in the west wall and another three on the external face of the east window. Near the church there are a series of earthworks, probably the remains of the 12th century Augustinian Priory.

Drumlane Abbey is one of the most beautiful historic sites in Cavan and is well worth a visit. The abbey is located about 1km outside Milltown. Coming from Belturbet, go through the village of Milltown. Just as you are rounding the bend to the right to leave the village, take a left, then immediately right. Follow the road for 1km to Drumlane Abbey.


Cavan County Museum

Virginia Road, Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan
t: +353 (0)49 854 4070 fax: 049 854 4332 e:
Cavan County Museum houses the material culture of County Cavan and surrounding districts. Exhibition galleries feature unique Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age and Medieval artefacts.


Cavan Crystal Showroom

Dublin Road, Cavan, Co Cavant: +353 (0)49 4331800
Established in 1969, Cavan Crystal has is known all over the world. The factory is no longer open for tours, but visitors can explore the extensive showroom Choose from tableware, furniture, textiles, pottery, ceramics, jewellery, wood, linen, ironcraft, candles, sculpture and paintings. The showroom is located in the Cavan Crystal Hotel.

The Museum of the Master Saddler

master_saddler.jpgCorlough, Co Cavant: +353 (0)49 9523956 or +353 (0)86 3946467
This museum is unique being the only museum in the world dedicated exclusively to the ancient craft of the Saddler and Harness Maker. The museum documents the various demands placed upon the saddler from farming, sports, military and transport. The museum exhibits include: 1920's side saddle, shire harness, over 60 leather samples, harness decoration and buckles, driving collars, coaching coats, whips, saddle trees, muzzles, lamps and poultice boots. The museum also houses several driving carriages and horse drawn farm implements.

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