Activities Around Swallows Return



Radisson Farnham Estate Spa
With facilities such as an infinity pool, Water mint thermal suite and Aroma steam bath to mention few, it’s no wonder that this is one of Ireland’s leading spas. Many half and full day spa packages are on offer in this award winning nearby spa. A mere 10-15 minute walk from Swallows Return makes this hassle free getaway a perfect relaxing treat well within walking distance.
Visit the spa’s website for more information on packages, treatments and prices.


Farnham Radisson Estate Golf Course
golf If Golf is your pleasure then you will love our location. Golf enthusiasts are very centrally located indeed. We are literally surrounded by the beautiful Farnham Estate Golf Course between the 11th tee off and the 17th fairway. The hotel’s golf clubhouse is a short 5 minute walk down the road, no need to drive!

This 6,442 meter par 72 course is set within seven lakes and a beautiful meandering stream, a fairy fort and lots of wild garlic and an abundance of wildlife. The gentle but challenging front nine holes are in good contrast to the more challenging back nine which is a more vigorous test of your golfing skills.
Green fees usually start from €30.00.
For all enquiries in relation to booking call Francis at reception on 049 4326482 or visit:

Cavan Golf Course
County Cavan Golf Course is one of the oldest golf courses in Ireland. Founded in 1894, this 18 hole par 70 course stretched over 6,164 yards is a very popular course with our visitors. With only ten minutes drive time from our hotel County Cavan Golf Course is open all year round. Corporate and group bookings are available at competitive rates and there are group discounts available. Buggys and trolleys can be rented also.
Green fees start at a very competitive €20.

Slieve Russell Championship Golf Course, Ballyconnell
This 18 hole par 72 course stretches over 7,053 yards and is a renowned championship course.
The natural drumlin valley landscape of West Cavan provided the course architect, Paddy Merrigan, with a blank canvas on which to create a masterpiece. The course has been designed with a certain boldness and sureness of instinct, which has resulted in the development of a truly fine parkland course.
Green Fees start at €40.
The golf course also has a 9 hole par 3 academy course aswell. It’s the perfect place to practice your short game skills and is suitable for low handicappers and beginners alike. It’s also ideal for families and a great way to introduce youngsters to the game of golf.

Contact them on: +353 49 9525090


Guided Nature Walks

County Cavan is a walker’s paradise, with a wide variety of walks for all fitness levels.
Swallows Return is located on a quiet country road. Walks lead you through the back holes of the Radisson Golf Course and to two lakes, all within one mile.

Cuilcagh mountain is also only a short drive away. More information on the Cuilcagh Legnagbrocky trail which will appeal to walkers with some experience walking in the hills can be found –

Cuilcagh Walk here

The wild summit plateau reaches an ancient cairn (the remains of a burial mound dating from the Bronze Age 2,500 – 500 BC) that stands at 666 metres (2,182 ft) above sea level. The imposing mountain flanks of Cuilcagh give this walk a very atmospheric feeling providing breathing views, the most impressive view is of Lough Atona, a lake nestled at the foot of the mountain which was carved out by the glacier during the last Ice Age approximately 13,000 years ago.

download cavan walking Guide here

Outdoor Fun

Outdoor and Dirty
Offers outdoor activities including:
hovercraft-a-oddWoodland Laser Combat
Powerturn Dragster Karts
Clay Pigeon Laser Shoot
Crate Stacking Ropes Challenge
KMX Kart Racing
Off Road Rage Buggy Racing*
For more information please call 049-9523877

Cavan Canoeing
Kayak and canoe hire is available from Carratraw bridge, a 10 minute direct drive on the road Swallows Return is situated on. Courses run throughout the year. The winding rivers and lakes in the area make for interesting routes for watersports!
Please contact them on (+353)872905752 or visit their website for more details on hire and routes.


Erne Pleasure Crusing
Sit back, relax and enjoy 3 hours or more of crusing down the river Erne on The Woodford Explorer.
Call Tommy on 0499522400

Horse Riding

Woodford Stables
We cater for everyone – children, adults, from the first time rider to the more experienced rider, for both flat work and jumping. Lessons are provided by qualified BHS 067Instructors.

Trekking is available for all levels of riders either on the immediate farm or through our quiet fields and streams and on country roads. Again for the more experienced and adventurous we can also go further afield, always getting to see the best of the surrounding countryside!

Call 086 8269892 to book a lesson or to ask for information.

Cavan Equestrian Centre
This is a 10 minute drive from Swallows Return and ideally we offer space for horse box parking at our property. We welcome riders and families who are competing or travelling to Cavan Equestrian Centre to stay in Swallows Return. A quiet place for you to unwind after a long day. There are many horse shows, competitions, trading days and concerts held at this modern venue.


fishingCounty Cavan is famed for its abundance of lakes. 365 of them in fact, the river Erne and the Woodford Canal and many many more. The river Erne which runs through the town of Belturbet offers some of the best coarse fishing in Ireland and is very popular with our visitors from the United kingdom and beyond. For the angler who wishes to concentrate on Fly Fishing this can be done “between the bridges” in Belturbet, and is within a 25 minute drive from Swallows Return. There are many fine game angling river stretches and wild brown trout lake fisheries to choose from locally.

Download Cavan Angling Guide here

Marble Arch Geopark Cavan

marble arcAn ideal family day out! The Marble Arch Geopark is a borderless Park which is located within Cavan and Fermanagh. The Geopark was the first ever cross border Geopark and it is shared jointly between the Fermanagh county Council in Northern Ireland, and with the Cavan County Council in the Republic of Ireland.

There are currently thirty four sites which make up the Geopark, most of which are open to the public. Sites are selected upon the basis of their significance in terms of not only geology, but also history, folklore, archaeology, wildlife, and of course walking and cycling. The Geopark encompasses some of the finest scenery Ireland has to offer, in a region that has never really been exploited in terms of tourism. The Geopark Region is truly unique, truly unspoilt, and is truly one of Irelands hidden Gems.
For more information visit:

Cavan Burren

About three kilometres south of Blacklion and north-west of Cuilcagh Mountain lies a remarkable limestone plateau at an altitude of between seven hundred and nine hundred feet, which is now beginning to be recognized as one of the finest relict landscapes of its size in all of Ireland. The fossils embedded in its limestone are the coral of a tropical sea of 350 million years ago. The area is a unique educational resource, showing not only the history of human settlement from the tombs of the early Neolithic settlers to the limekilns and animal shelters of the nineteenth century farmers but in addition to this the evolution of a landscape from its formation in a tropical sea south of the Equator, through the various ice ages to the present. It is a palimpsest of history with layer upon layer of both human and natural history visible on its karstic features.
The Cavan Burren is now part of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, one of numerous UNESCO Global Geoparks found across the world. Some of the forestry has been cleared and pathways and signposts have been provided to many of the archaeological and historical sites.

Take a look at the website for more information, directions and recent discoveries!

Cavan Swimming Pool & Leisure Complex

All you need under one roof at Cavan’s Leisure Centre – 25 Meter Swimming Pool, Toddler/Baby Pool, Self Service Seated Area , 2 State Of The Art Water Slides, Steam Room, Jacuzzi, Sauna, Indoor Sports Hall, Gym With Cardio Vascular Equipment, Resistance Equipment, Flood Lit Astro Turf Pitch, New state of the art Bowling Green, Team/Group Changing Rooms, Ladies & Gents Changing Rooms, Aerobic / Meeting Rooms, Powerplate, Free Weights Area, Gym Classes.

t: +353 49 4362888