The Local Area
Both holiday homes are set in the beautiful Co Tyrone area of Northern Ireland. This rural setting provides seemingly endless beauty, tranquility and countryside vistas, and an enviable location within easy reach of Belfast, Dublin and the many highlights of the surrounding region.
Staying in Co Tyrone is all about getting away from it all and switching off.
The area boasts long walking trails, scenic cycle routes and beauty spots ideal for a spot of fishing. While it might be all too tempting to spend your days amongst the lush countryside, there is plenty of fun to be had if you do decide to venture further afield.
The properties are located in the small hamlet of Carneteel, while the small town of Aughnacloy with its pretty parish church and authentic local life is just two miles away.
Dungannon is the closest big town and features sprawling parks with an abundance of wildlife as well as fisheries and golf courses including Hill of the O’Neill which was partially excavated in 2007 by the Time Team show on Channel 4. They uncovered parts of the moat and walls of the castle. Check out Ranfurly House Arts and Visitor Centre.
Rest, relax or go wild!
If you wish to complement a truly relaxing holiday, head to the Lavender Health Spa for an indulgent day of treatments. Situated by the village of Ballygawley in the shadow of an old monastery, the spa includes an extensive treatment menu designed to soothe and revitalise both body and soul. There’s even the opportunity to enjoy a seaweed bath – Ireland’s only indigenous therapy – where you can cover yourself in organic seaweed that’s been hand-harvested.
For a different type of indulgence and those seeking an adrenaline rush, Todds Leap offers a plethora of exciting options. A holiday is the perfect time to try something new, so choose from paintballing, clay pigeon shooting, off-road driving and body zorbing, or perhaps you fancy scaling their climbing wall or riding a rodeo bull? You can even drive a Land Rover blindfolded if you really want to! For excitement of a different variety, we can also arrange minibus hire for those going out for a night’s clubbing.
We work in partnership with local tour company Quinn’s Coach Hire and are able to arrange trips to Giant’s Causeway, the famous site of an ancient volcanic eruption. Quinn’s also offer an adventure-packed Game of Thrones bus tour, which includes visits to some of the most popular filming locations, including Cushendun Caves (Birth Of The Shadow Baby), Down Hill Beach (Dragonstone) and Larrybane (Renly’s War Camp).
For visiting foodies, the area is home to some highly sought after fine dining locations. The award winning, regal style Carleton Restaurant at the Corick Country House Hotel is a firm favourite with both locals and out-of-towners. Boasting a unique, contemporary menu of Irish-European dishes influenced by seasonal, local produce and international flavours, its chef is world renowned for his talent and the restaurant also boasts an exceptional wine list.
For a restaurant with a relaxed environment and a traditional Irish feel, try Salley’s Restaurant, which is family owned and open from Monday to Sunday, 10am to 10pm.
Day trips and family fun
There are also plenty of activities to keep all the family entertained on a day out. The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, and Ulster American Folk Park offer entertaining insights into the area and its history, with plenty of colourful exhibits to keep the little ones amused and regular events such as craft and candle making workshops. Older children will enjoy the famous poet tours around the local area, celebrating such iconic creatives as Seamus Heaney.
American visitors often enjoy a visit to the Grant Ancestral Homestead, linked to former US president Ulysses Simpson Grant, the commander of the victorious union troops in the American Civil War.
The city of Belfast takes in the Ulster Museum and the Titanic Museum, two more fascinating places to visit. The latter is the world’s largest Titanic attraction and really brings the experience to life by allowing guests to explore the shipyard and walk out on deck in the location where the original ship was built. A day trip to Belfast day is perfectly rounded off with a meal at one of the city’s many wonderful restaurants and a play at the local theatre.
A day trip to Dublin would involve an early start, but it’s more than worth it! The city is home to a whole host of treasures, including the National Museum of Ireland which houses 4000 years of heritage and history, while the building itself an architectural beauty. Elsewhere, the Kilmainham Gaol provides a fascinating glimpse into the city’s darker past, while no trip to the city would be complete without a hands-on tour of the Guinness Storehouse after which you can enjoy a pint at the atmospheric rooftop bar. Don’t forget, if you’re going to cross the border for a day you will need Euros.