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Suggestions for a great day out

In addition to Les Cars site, there is so much more you can discover nearby.

Whatever your amibitons are, active hiker or cyclist, in a contemplative mood or simply a connoisseur in antic history. Whether you have kids or are among adults only, you will easily find an itinerary that fulfils your expectations. Check out our suggestions below !

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Hikes starting from Les Cars

The hikes you are going to discover are the result of the hard work put not only by local authorities but also by plenty of volunteers who love their region whether they are hikers, riders, hunters, cyclists, ... We are blessed for living on such a vast territory where trails belong to everyone. Enjoy it with a big smile on your face ! In any case, make sure you have the right footwear and plenty of water with you !

Take time to discover the pretty villages with their houses of granite and slate (Ars, Pérols-sur-Vézère, Saint-Merd-Les-Oussines) and Variéras where roofs are made of thatch. Hikes you will be looking forward to !

Voici quelques liens vers les fiches de randonnées au départ des Cars :

  1. Title Les Cars > Variéras :
    12km | average level | 3h30 | Hike sheet
  2. Title « The gallo-roman's hike » :
    20km | height difference: 889m – Average level | 6h30 | Hike sheet | Website link
  3. Title « From Les Cars to Longeyroux peatland » : 16km | niveau moyen | 4h30 | Fiche rando

The Longeyroux peatland (7kms)

Covering an area of 620 acres, the Longeyroux peatland offers a very diverse and protected ecosystem. One of the most remarkable sites of the Millevaches Regional Natural Park.

  • Linaigrette trail : 1km, 1h, follow signage.
  • Bruyères trail : 9km, 4h, follow pink signs

Visitor brochure for the Bruyéres trail
Signage along the Linaigrette trail

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Mount Bessou (17kms)

Perched at 1000 m above sea level on Mount Bessou ( highest elevation in the Limousin region), you can climb up the observation tower and enjoy a unique panoramic view across the Cantal and Auvergne mountains. Two short discovery trails : Sentier du champignon (mushroom trail) and sentier du granit ( granite trail).

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The Marius Vazeilles Museum (23kms)

The archaelogical and heritage museum Marius Vazeilles is an history museum located in one of the wings of the Saint-André de Meymac abbey.

Among its collections, lots of artefacts have been unearthed at the Les Cars site (urns, weapons, coins). These collections give you an insight into the life and traditions of the settlements who populated the Haute-Corrèze. The museum also organises temporary exhibitions.

For additional information: 

The Marius Vazeilles Museum : 05 55 95 19 15 

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Contemporary Arts Center (23km)

The contemporary arts center is located in the south-wing and the tower of the Saint-André abbey, in the historical center of Meymac.

Exposition du 13 juillet au 31 août : Le Centre d’art de Meymac propose une exposition où toutes les pratiques plastiques (peinture, sculpture, photographies, vidéos, installations) se retrouvent à travers une vingtaine d’artistes dont le centre apprécie particulièrement le travail. Le public est invité à déambuler dans les espaces convertis en archipel où 3 à 4 artistes se retrouvent en fonction des thématiques qui les intéressent dans leurs pratiques.

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Lake of Viam (15km)

470 acres lake. Lifeguard on duty form 1:30pm until 7:30pm from July 11th until August 22nd, fishing, playground, waterskiing.
Leisure center open from April to September: kayaking (rental), sailing, hiking, mountainbike, climbing, archery, environment, heritage, astronomy (for groups).

For additional information: 

Mairie de Viam : 05 55 95 52 05