County Tyrone Information
Tyrone is one of the six counties of Northern Ireland, and is located in heart of the province of Ulster. It is bordered by Donegal, Fermanagh, Monaghan, Armagh & Derry and Omagh is its largest town. The Sperrin Mountains dominate the northern reaches of Tyrone and Lough Neagh draws anglers to the landlocked county.
Tyrone is easily accessible, within an hour’s drive of Belfast airports, ports and Derry Airport. The majority of visitors to Tyrone either base themselves or at least pass through Omagh, and it has a variety of accommodation and dining options. About 5 kilometres north of Omagh, is The Ulster American Folk Park, a complex which explores the strong links between the province and the United States. The massive migration of the 19th Century is illustrated via a reconstruction of the typical buildings of Ulster and the United States during the period, along with a re-imagining of the gruelling conditions aboard the ships which transported the Irish migrants.
There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle in the county. The undulating Sperrin mountains offer rambling, walking and hiking trails and the Sperrin Walking Festival is held every August providing various guided walks of its trails. The Ulster Way is a 1,000 kilometre circular walking route, which cuts through Tyrone, north to south, on its journey around the six counties of Northern Ireland. Todd’s Leap, in Ballygawley, in south Tyrone, is one of the region’s top adventure centres, offering sports from off-road racing to paintballing to zip-lining.
The Beaghmore Stone Circles, close to Cookstown, are a collection of seven early Bronze Age stone circles. Six of these are paired while the seventh, known as the Dragon’s teeth circle, is filled with over 800 smaller stones within the larger perimeter. The stone circles are associated with cairns (megalithic tombs) on the site, and are aligned to the summer solstice. The nearby Creagán Visitor Centre provides interactive exhibitions on the area’s history and archaeology, and has a range of marked rambles, cycling trails & walks in the surrounding countryside. It hosts a variety of traditional music, dance and storytelling evenings.
Harry Avery O’ Neill’s Castle in Newtownstewart, north of Omagh, is named after a Gaelic chieftan and dates from the 1300s. Its unusual ruins (chieftans of the time rarely built stone castles), consist of two round towers, the foundations of an exterior wall around the site, and it is one of the few pre-plantation castles in Ulster.
An Irish sky
Bruree Co. Limerick
Bunratty Folk Park
O'Connell St. A. O'Loughlin
Stags in an Irish evening
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