Peatlands Park

Walking Route
Peatlands Park, close to the southern shores of Lough Neagh, was the first of its type in the British Isles and was specifically established to promote and facilitate peatland awareness and issues.

The peat here has been forming for about 10,000 years. The site was acquired in 1978 from the IPDC (Irish Peat Development Company) and the Park was officially opened in 1990. Visitors can explore the 265 hectare (680 acre) site on foot along its many paths and wooden walkways. In fact there are over 16km (10 miles) of paths leading the visitor through the many and varied habitats within the Park.

Amongst the attractions in the Park are an outdoor turbary site where visitors can observe (and smell) traditional turf cutting techniques. The Park is rich in insects, particularly butterflies, moths, dragonflies and damselflies. Many woodland and wetland birds and several species of waterfowl nest here. Red and grey squirrels, badgers and hares are also present, while lizards and newts can be found in the open bog areas.

National Nature Reserves
Within the park are two National Nature Reserves, declared in 1980 for their unique flora and fauna species, many of which are found nowhere else in Northern Ireland. Annagarriff (meaning rough bog) is a 77 hectare reserve comprising of wooded drumlin hills separated by areas of regenerating cut over bog. Of the four wooded hills, one is a very ancient site with no record of ever having been cleared for farming. One of the most interesting sites in Annagarriff must be the huge mounds of plant debris up to 1m high and 2-3m across. These hills have been built by Wood Ants and are the only Irish site for this species.

Mullenakill (meaning church on the hill) is a 22 hectare uncut remnant of a much more extensive bog which has been growing here for over 8,000 years. Core sampling carried out on the bog indicates that the peat is 9m deep.

Opening times:

Country Park

The country park has open access to pedestrian visitors at all times.

Main car park
1st April 2015 - 31st May 2015 - 9am to 7pm daily
1st June 2015 - 15th September 2015 - 9am to 9pm daily
16th September 2015 - 31st October 2015 - 9am to 7pm daily
1st November 2015 - 31st March 2016 - 9am to 4.30pm daily.

Open daily - 9am - 4.30pm

Not in operation during 2015

**Please note the Country ParkPark will be closed on the 24th and 25th December 2015 and 1st January 2016.


Free admission
Free parking for 200 cars or 20 coaches.

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Dungannon Visitor Information Centre

Location / Directions

Exit 13 from M1, 11km east of Dungannon.
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Contact Details

33 Derryhubbert Road
County Tyrone
BT71 6NW

Tel: (028) 3839 9195