Folklore tells that two young giants, Lugh and Lag, challenged each other to jump a gorge in order to show off to the female giant whose love they both sought. Unfortunately, Lag fell to his death. But that’s how the Giant’s Leap chasm got its name.
Cave in Cavan Burren Park
Cave in Cavan Burren Park
Whatever folklore says, facts can be even more fascinating at Cavan Burren Park on the slopes of the Cuilcagh Mountain. It’s along one of those surprising roads less travelled – and an experience to really make your day. Layers of history peel back to reveal a breathtaking wealth of natural and manmade features, all fused together into an exceptional prehistoric landscape.
Browsing the interpretative centre unlocks how the landscape evolved.
From being bathed in tropical seas then shaped through various ice ages, to become today’s refreshing green treasure with views to mountain, loughs and the greater UNESCO Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark in which it sits. So, too, the history of human settlement unfolds: from Neolithic tombs, hut sites and ancient rock art, to 19th-century farming and recent forestry.
Illustrated map of Cavan
Illustrated map of Cavan
Walking along one of five trails, there’s lots of information en route, while joining a local guide like Jim Nolan is a genuine treat as you hear 5,000 years of sacred stories brought to life in the landscape.
The Giants Grave, Cavan Burren Park
Entrance to the Cavan Burren
Left: The Giants Grave. Right: Entrance to the Cavan Burren.
The Giant’s Leap, it turns out, is a dry valley, its pre-glacial river long vanished. And the nearby Giant’s Grave, where Lag is said to lie, is a wedge tomb built to its striking shape some 4,000 years ago.
Family fun in the Cavan Burren Forest
Family fun in the Cavan Burren Forest
“Burren” comes from the Irish for “rocky place”. And everywhere boulders – glacial erratics – are scattered, some used in monuments and building. Or did the mythical master craftsman Gobán Saor, whose wife is claimed to be buried on Tullygobban Hill, place them here?
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Cavan Burren Park, Blacklion, Cavan