Perfectly positioned where the three counties meet (cavan, longford & leitrim), you certainly will not be bored. Set amidst stunning lakes, the town offers peaceful living with a wide variety of local amenities and tourist attractions all within a short distance.
Discover spectacular scenery, an array of golf courses and equestrian centres to choose from, plus beautiful countryside for walks, fishing and a host of other outdoor leisure pursuits.
Family Fun: With so many family friendly activities in the surrounding area, Breffni Arms Hotel is the perfect base for you & your little explorers. From the town playground (just 100 meters away) with its stunning lakeshore to Leebeen Park & Fairy Garden (10 minutes drive). Take the walking trail to the boardwalk and feed the swans but watch out for fairies along the way! Take a read below there really is plenty to keep little ones entertained.
Fishing: Reputed to have a lake for every day of the year, Cavan’s waterways have long been a draw for anglers and with no licence requirement there’s instant access to fishing for anglers of all ages and abilities. Angling downloads & links:
Kayaking, Canoeing, Sup Boarding, Guided boat tours and more...If you fancy leaving dry land behind altogether, the Cavan Adventure Centre offers the opportunity to explore the relatively undiscovered Lough Oughter Waterways just 15 mins drive from Arvagh. Visit;Cavan Adventure Centre
Day Boat Hire: Dotted with shimmering lakes and rivers, County Cavan is a genuine boater's paradise. Visit Crom Castle and explore the majectis River Erne in Belturbet. All safety equipment included and fishing tackle available to hire. Tel: 00353 49 9524775.
Moon River Cruise Moon River Cruise: A boat tour is a wonderfully relaxing way to spend an afternoon. Boat tours operate on the River Shannon from the quayside in Carrick-on-Shannon (30mins drive). Moon River cruises will take you on a lovely one hour round trip along the River Shannon. The entertaining Moon River captain will explain points of interest and folklore of the area while you relax and enjoy the scenery and light refreshments available on board. For more information visit Moon River Cruises
Walking: Back on shore, walking enthusiasts can explore a network of trails ranging in length and difficulty in the area. Take in the stunning lake-dotted landscape as you discover Arvagh, where the three provinces meet. Enquire at reception for more information and maps.
Why not explore our nearby forest walks in Killykeen Forest Park or Derrycassin Woods.
Killykeen Forest Park is woven around the waters of Lough Oughter and is popular with anglers, boaters and canoeists. The famous Clough Oughter Castle is visible from the shore of the park. There are four signposted walks, and a family cycle trail in Killykeen Forest Park. Visit Killykeen Forest Park
Derrycassin Woodlands covers an area of 179 acres and hugs the shoreline of Lough Gowna. It consists of three recommended walks, the Nature Trail, the Walled Garden Walk and the Main Avenue Walk. Signposting onsite directs the walkers on the various routes but the visitor is welcome to explore and create their own walking route. Derrycassin Woods offers a variety of tree species, wild flowers and fungi to admire. There are interesting low linear hills that date back to the ice age and also the remains of a rath or ringforth dated between 500-1500 AD. There are picnic benches and a lovely playground in the vicinity, so an ideal place for a family day out.
Points of Interest: You can push a boat out at Dring and make your way across the waters of Lough Gowna to Inchmore Island. St Columba (or Columbcille) established a monastery there in the sixth century. The ruins are still there to be explored.
Edenmore Bog Walk is a looped trail of 4.5km around part of the North Longford boglands, located on the outskirts of Ballinamuck, just a short 10 minutes drive from the hotel. This trail is a unique setting for a self guided tour of pristine bogland habitat, introducing the walker to the biodiversity of bogland plants and animals as well as many other features of interest along the route.
Leebeen Park, Aughnacliffe village, Co Longford offers a variety of activities and is open to everyone. There is a playground and fairy garden to keep the little ones happy along with green gym outdoor exercise equipment and picnic benches, a lovely relaxing place for all. The short looped walk of 1.5 kilometres runs alongside the playground with a boardwalk along and over the lake. The lake is home to beautiful wildlife including swans. Ample parking is available.
Points of Interest:Two impressive megalithic tombs or dolmens can be found in Aughnacliffe, one of which is the third biggest of its kind in Ireland. Dolmens were erected by the earliest inhabitants of Ireland who settled here between 4000 and 3000 B.C. and continued to inhabit the land up to 2000 B.C.
Aughnacliffe Portal Tomb is known locally as the ‘Aughnacliffe Dolmen’. A pathway leads from the village of Aughnacliffe to this impressive megalithic tomb located in a shallow valley, among the rolling hills of north Longford.
Also visit the beautiful Pulliness Waterfall which is located nearby and take a leisurely stroll along the walking trail leading to it.
Corn Hill Walking Trail is a lovely hill walk of mixed terrain, short but steep in places offering spectacular views of the county. Distance 3km out and back. The views from the summit of Corn Hill are spectacular where nine counties are visible, at 278 metres tall it is the highest point in Longford.
Killeshandra Forest Walk: Hillside walk on forest path Distance: 6 km. Begin the Walk at the Town Lake/Strand on the Belturbet Road. To get there, turn right down the hill at the Ulster Bank, before turning left at the Town Lake/Strand. Parking available.
Bóthar Na Naomh is a short looped walk at the village of Cloone, Co. Leitrim. The area is a quiet, scenic, rural landscape with typical limestone wetland vistas of riverbank, damp meadows, woodland, bog and lakeshore. The total length of available trails is 5.75 km. The trail is marked both ways and there are options for the walker to take shorter or longer routes around the trail.
The Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail (Stairway to Heaven) route meanders through one of the largest expanses of blanket bog, traversing over tracks, boardwalk and staircase. A steep climb is required to reach the viewing platform which provides breathtaking views of the surrounding low lands
Cavan Burren Park: “Where stone-aged kids played.” A mythical, spiritual landscape of monuments, megalithic tombs, hut sites and pre-bog walls all of which survive from pre-historic times. New visitor centre and five walking trails. For more information visit: Cavan Burren Park
A wide range of Golf Courses and the best facilities, to ensure you play to the best of your potential.
Out Doors & Dirty Gamespark: If you’re keen to get stuck in, ODD Gamespark in Ballyconnell offers adrenaline-fuelled action by the bucketload! ODD - out doors & dirty! is the only Irish location for off-road buggies and solo hovercrafting; throw in woodland laser missions, dragster carts, clay pigeon shooting and powerturn team driving and you’ve got an instant recipe for high-octane family fun!
The Midland Karting & Paintballing: This race track facilitiy consists of 1100 meters of the highest quality asphalt track. Midland Karting probably has the best quality surface in Ireland, and is often regarded as the finest karting track the country has to offer. The track itself is floodlit so guests can enjoy karting throughout the autumn and winter.
The Midland Paintballing site is located in a 20 acre wooded area near Edgeworthstown in Co.Longford. The grounds are also floodlit so the game can be played at night time or throughout the autumn and winter. Visit www.midlandkarting.net
Cavan County Museum: Superb displays, recounting the history of Cavan from the Stone Age to the present day. A must see when visiting the area. Visit www.cavanmuseum.ie
Margaret Of New Orlean's: Step back in time for little while to life in the early 19th century. Margaret emigrated to America with her family when she was 5 years old. Margaret devoted her life to serving New Orleans’ poor, especially orphans. Visit's to Margaret’s Birthplace are by appointment only.
Marble Arch Caves & Geopark: Another must-visit attraction with over 50 sites across counties Cavan & Fermanagh. Experience the beauty of natural landscapes with a visit to the Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark. Recognised by UNESCO, the Geopark
Arigna Mining Experience: Ireland’s first Coal Mining Museum and as a visitor you will experience what working life was like underground in the mines.This unique visitor experience offers you the chance to take a guided underground walk by retired miners, through what was the last working mine in Arigna. Arigna Mining Experience
Equestrian/Horse Riding:Enjoy the beautiful and rugged countryside from the saddle. See below for details of excellent riding schools in the area offering a variety of activities from trekking to hourly lessons.
Drumcoura Western Horse Riding: Western trained Horses, including American Quarter Horses and American Paint Horses are the foundation for Drumcoura Equestrian Activities. There is a large indoor arena and two outdoor arenas as well as a forest trail. Instructors will make your riding lessons and trekking enjoyable no matter what your level of skill or experience. Tel: +353 (0)71 9645781 www.drumcoura.ie
Hayden Equestrian Centre offers horse treks through the beautiful Leitrim countryside. The centre itself has a number of riding facilities including a large indoor arena, an outdoor all weather floodlit arena as well as a cross country course. Tel: +353 (0)71 9638049
Riversdale J Stables: Pony & Horse Riding Lessons for children and adults. Hacking on quiet country roads: Livery BHS Exam. Camps and Birthday parties. Cornaseer, Killycanon, Co. Cavan. Tel: 086 3872222
The Corn Mill Theatre & Arts Centre: Main Street, Carrigallen, Co. Leitrim. Visit Corn Mill Theatre for list of events and plays. https://cornmilltheatre.com/
Backstage Theatre & Centre: Longford, Co. Longford Tel: (043) 3347888
Astra Bowl- Open 7 days and located in Cavan Town. Tel: +353 (0)49 437 2662
Longford Megabowl – Open 7 days, located on the Athlone Road, Longford..Also has a Children's Indoor adventure play gym, Snooker Hall, Indoor Soccer Arena, Video Gaming, Party facilities, Pool table and Fuze ball. Tel:+353 (0)43 3347643
Bear Essentials: Specialist and famous for their Irish Made Teddy Bears and Baby Bear Gifts. The Silver Bear Centre provides Build Your Bear Family and School Workshops all year round in Cavan. Visit Bear Essentials
Whatever you’re after, it’s all here, where the three provinces meet, the perfect place for tranquillity and activity.