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Welcome to Tyrone & Sperrins

Tyrone & Sperrins are one of Northern Ireland’s premier eco-tourism destinations, with rivers teaming with life, mountains, valleys, forests, lakes and outdoor pursuits.

The ancient bog gives the Sperrins landscape its character and it has yielded age-old secrets in recent decades. Most notably the Beaghmore Stone Circles, created around 1500 BC, perhaps as an observatory and ritual site for the people who farmed the high pasture of the Sperrins.

With its scenic windswept hills, Tyrone has a special appeal for walkers, who can relax after a day’s hiking in the pleasant main street pubs. Quality walks include the Robber’s Table near Gortin, which passes the site where supposed 17th century highwaymen met to divide their spoils after raiding postal carriages.

Visit the region’s newest historical and cultural attraction, Hill of The O’Neill & Ranfurly House Arts & Visitor’s Centre - the hill from which the famous O’Neill dynasty ruled Gaelic Ireland for over 300 years. With commanding 360 degree views, it is perfect for morning walks, family outings and special picnics.

Explore the Sperrins on the excellent network of signed cycle routes. The more adventurous can take the 31-mile Gold Cycle Route, a scenic route with little traffic, taking you through the ancient valleys and spirit lifting heights of the Sperrins. From the breathtaking Glenelly Valley, often regarded as one of Northern Ireland’s most idyllic and dramatic landscapes, you can marvel at the glacial environment millions of years in the making as you cycle through the dramatic Barnes Gap and the wilds of Sawelabeg and Doraville.

Other great views include the Owenkillew Valley and Butterlope Glen – fellow glacial landscapes and from Pigeon Top Mountain near Omagh, Mullaghcarn which rises above Gortin Glen Forest Park and Bolaght Mountain near Castlederg.

Or why not experience one of the Sperrins’ four Scenic Driving Routes – included in the National Geographic’s prestigious list of the world’s top 101 scenic drives for 2012.  Download the Sperrins Driving Routes here.

 This is a region rich in history, with many important sites of interest; from Clogherny Wedge Tomb and Tirnoney Dolmen, megalithic burial chambers at least 4000 years old, to the ruinsof two separate castles in Newtownstewart, the 14th century Gaelic Avery’s Castle and the 17th century plantation Stewart Castle.

No visit would be complete without some time spent at the Ulster American Folk Park, an outdoor museum which chronicles the story of emigration during the 18th and 19th centuries; bringing to life the various aspects of the emigrant’s tale on both sides of the Atlantic.  Nearby, be sure to visit The Abingdon Collection, an  impressive private collection of classic cars and motorcycles, other vintage memorabilia and over 3,000 items relating to the Second World War (please contact in advance). 

Whether you enjoy electrifying, adrenaline-based pursuits at Todds Leap, relaxing with a holistic treatment at Angel Sanctuary Healing Centre, walking in Drum Manor Forest Park or marvelling at ‘The Tinnies’ in Strabane, the Sperrins and Tyrone make for an unforgettable experience for all.

Places To Visit

Drum Manor Forest Park, Cookstown

The attractive eighteenth-century demesne is now a forest park. Colourful in spring and autumn with a shrub, butterfly and Japanese garden, arboretum, ponds and mixed woodlands.

Gortin Glen Forest Park, Gortin, Omagh

The forest drive is 5 miles long offering breathtaking views with vista parks along the way. There are 3 way-marked trails. Sika deer enclosure, wildfowl. € Accepted.

Beaghmore Stone Circles, Cookstown

Mysterious complex of 7 Bronze Age stone circles and alignments. It's where megalithic tombs and the mysterious Beaghmore stone circles stand as silent witnesses to the settlements that thrived here 6,000 years ago.

Harry Avery's Castle, Newtownstewart, Omagh

Thought to have been built around 1320 by a local chieftain of the O’Neill clan, but named after Harry Avery O’Neill,a local chief who died in 1392, this structure is considered unusual in that Irish chieftain’s of the time rarely built stone castle.

Newtownstewart Castle, Newtownstewart, Omagh

The power of the O’Neill chieftains in Tyrone came to an end in 1607. Defeated in battle by English forces and fearful for their future, Hugh O’Neill and his allies fled Ireland in what has become known as the Flight of the Earls.

Clogherny Wedge Tomb, Plumbridge, Omagh

This well preserved and unusual monument is in an extensive area of blanket peat near the Butterlope Glen 4 miles north of Plumbridge. The wedge tomb is surrounded by an elegant stone circle of eleven tall schist stones.

Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh

Experience the adventure that takes you from the thatched cottages of Ulster, on board a full scale emigrant sailing ship, to the log cabins of the American Frontier.

Todds Leap,

Todds Leap is Northern Ireland's leading outdoor activity centre, offering an electrifying range of adrenaline pursuits and extreme adventures.

Tirnony Dolmen, Magherafelt

One mile north of Maghera stands a prehistoric tomb at least 4,000 - 6,000 years old. Dolmens are tomb structures with standing stones and a horizontal capstone, found in a number of places in Ireland.

Robbers Table,

An excellent off-road hill walk opening up views of the Bluestack and High Sperrin Mountain ranges.

Craignamaddy Circuit,

A scenic walking route in the Sperrins Mountains.

Gold Cycle Route,

Explore the breathtaking Glenelly and Owenkillew Valleys as you cycle through the dramatic Barnes Gap and the wilds of Sawelabeg and Doraville.

Hill of The O’Neill and Ranfurly House Arts & Visitor Centre, Dungannon

Discover the history of the O’Neills, the Flight of the Earls and the Plantation of Ulster at the permanent, interactive exhibition in Ranfurly House Arts and Visitor Centre. Take a stroll on the Hill of the O’Neill and take in the excellent views.

Did You Know?

More Information

www.strabanedc.com
www.omagh.gov.uk
www.cookstown.gov.uk
Flavour of Tyrone
Tyrone Good Food Circle