Burren Looped Walk, Burren Forest  – UNESCO Geopark Location

The walk begins at the entrance to the Burren Forest with exceptional views of Cuilcagh Mountain and its plateau topped profile. Continue into the Burren Forest, an active conifer forest owned and managed by Coillte. The Burren Forest contains a wealth of archaeological and historical monuments some of which date back to the Neolithic period. After leaving the forest, the true beauty of the natural landscape can be fully appreciated as you cross limestone grassland and exposed limestone pavement. The descent towards Blacklion is a reminder of the recent history of the area when many of these upland areas would have been much more densely populated. Continuing downhill you will meet the old 18th Century Road from Blacklion and it is from an old hostelry along this road, the Black Lion Inn, that the village gets its name. The final part of this walk continues back up towards the entrance to the Burren Forest past the Cornagee Viewpoint where on a fine day there are excellent views of the u-shaped valley of Glenfarne.

Grade: Moderate to difficult

Distance: 8km

Duration: 2 to 3 hours

Terrain: Forest track, open pasture and public road

Location: From Belturbet head out of town towards Ballyconnell and take the first exit off the roundabout following the signposts for N87 Swanlinbar. Follow the N87 to Ballyconnell and straight through onto Bawnboy and swanlinbar making your way towards Glangevlin, look out for brown wooden signs to guide you to the entrance of Burren Forest.

Facilities: Picnic tables and information panel with map.

Nearby Attractions: Burren Forest, Marble Arch Caves,  Florencecourt,  Shannon Pot, all UNESCO Geopark sites near Belturbet Co Cavan.

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Driving directions to Entrance to the Cavan Burren from Belturbet Co. Cavan, Ireland

1. Head north on Church St toward Railway Rd

2. Take the 1st left onto Upper Bridge St/N3Continue to follow N3

3. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto N87 heading to Swanlinbar /Ballyconnell

4. Turn left onto R202

5. Turn right onto R200

6. Continue onto R206

7. Turn left to stay on R206

8. Turn right to stay on R206

9.Turn rightDestination will be on the right

Entrance to the Cavan Burren