A beautiful peaceful walk begins at the Killeshandra Town Lake on the Belturbet Road, and loops through the forest and around the Castle Hamilton Estate back to the Pleasure Lake Amenity area on the Cavan Road. The area is rich in flora and fauna and walkers are likely to see red squirrel, pine martins, blue damselfly and numerous varieties of trees. A short drive out of town and one can enjoy walking in the beautiful Killykeen Forest Park, with paths and bike tracks available for mountain biking. Enjoy the leisurely pace of gentle walks or the more advanced tracks for a challenge. Take in the views of lakes and woodland and the historic Clougher Castle.
Lough Oughter Castle
A man-made island only accessible by boat but can be viewed from Rann Point. 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.
It was built in the early 13th century by the Anglo-Normans. The site of many battles before it was abandoned after the siege of Cromwell's forces in 1653.
Bear Essentials, Bawnboy, Co Cavan
Bear Essential’s story began back in the early 1980’s
when Nico and Anke, both from Germany, visited Ireland for the first time and fell in love with the beautiful countryside and welcoming people of Co. Cavan. In 1984 they settled in the lovely countryside of Bawnboy to raise their family. The strong Teddy Bear tradition in Germany had influenced Anke’s designs of handcrafted Mohair Bears. The Teddy Bear is usually the first gift we receive as a child and are treasured throughout their lives. It is much more than a toy, it is a collectible item, increasing in value over the years and eventually becoming an heirloom, but most of all it is a friend for life.
There is a showroom and workshop where one can participate in the teddy making craft or watch as bear is created. Each bear is inspired by the Celtic Mythology.
Killeshandra is central to a number of Golf courses to suit both the accomplished and the novice golfer. The Slieve Russell Golf and Country Club is only a short distance away and sports an 18 Hole Championship course, also a 9 hole par 3 course and a flood lit driving range. They have also a newly developed crazy golf course. Cavan Golf course is 10 km away on the R199, and has a mature 18 hole course. While MacShains Pitch and Putt in Cornafean has a par 3, 18 hole course just 4 km from the town of Killeshandra.
Cavan Burren Park
The Burren Park, situated in North-West Cavan, is one of the finest examples of prehistoric landscape in Ireland featuring megalithic tombs and structures dating from the Neolithic Period. It boasts scenery and nature trails and an interpretative centre; it has four trails to suit all abilities of walker. The Cavan Burren Park is part of the wider Marble Arch Caves Golbal Geopark.
The childrens playground is located at the entrance of the local GAA grounds on the Arva Road with swings, slides and a picnic area.
For the inner child in all of us, we have adult sized equipment for exercise and leisure. The Recreational Garden is located at Market Avenue behind the Killeshandra Resource Centre in the centre of the town.