County Tyrone is largest county in Northern Ireland and bursting with history, heritage and tradition. Explore the many hidden gems it has to offer and experience its natural forest parks and stunning countryside that will be sure to take your breath away. Here are some ideas of what you can do while staying here in County Tyrone at Holiday Homes NI
This beautiful historic forest is situated about four miles from the small village of Augher. Follow a variety of marked trails to lead you through the conifer and broad leaved stand trees of the forest to the hilltop, 700 feet above sea level, to the Knockmany Cairn and Annya’s Tomb.
The historic hilltop is the resting place of the ancient Irish deity, Queen Aine and allegedly the resting place of Queen Baine. The Tomb dates back to about c.3000-2000BC as the marking on the orthostats are similar to that of the Newgrange Stone Age Passage Tomb and the Loughcrew Passage Tomb. This tomb is now enclosed for its protection but you can still catch a glimpse of the stones in their magnificent glory. It is said that this hill holds a great magical presence.
On a clear day the panoramic views over the Clogher Valley area are remarkable, making the walk up the steep hill worth it. The Knockmany Hill is home to a range of wildlife as well as the breathtaking sight of thousands of bluebells among the trees in spring.
Named after the acclaimed author and poet, William Carleton, the Carleton Trail takes you on a 30-mile adventure along the country roads and lanes of the Clogher Valley. The trail will transport you through rural Tyrone exploring the history, architecture and the beautiful scenery of the surrounding areas.
Peatlands Park is a fun day out for all nature lovers! Visit the park and enjoy a picnic followed by a walk along the 16km of paths to experience the peatland and woodland areas in the park and the wild life that inhabits them. Many species of wildlife live in the park including woodland and wetland birds, red and grey squirrels, badgers and hares and if you’re lucky you may catch a glimpse of the lizards and newts living in the open bog areas. Visit the park during the summer months to experience the Peatlands Park Train that travels along tree lined tracks and the Peat Bog.
Beaghmore Stone Circles
8.5 miles from Cookstown is County Tyrone’s very own Stonehenge, the Beaghmore Stone Circles. Discovered in 1940s the site dates back to the Bronze age where it was most likely to be used as a focal point for religious and/ or social gatherings. For those who are keen stargazers, grab your binoculars, the site is considered to be one of the best dark sky sites in Northern Ireland.
Gortin Glen Forest Park
Situated six miles from Omagh on the western gateway to the Sperrin Mountains is the Gortin Glen Forest Park. The park boasts a range of walking trails, catering for all levels of fitness, to enjoy the forests natural flora and fauna. If you prefer four legs instead of two you can also enjoy the horse-riding trail along a way marked trail. Or, alternatively you could take advantage of one of three mountain bike trails available. A five-mile drive is also accommodated within the park, ideal for those with mobility issues, to enjoy the breathtaking views of the Forest Park and the surrounding countryside. Take along a picnic and enjoy an al fresco lunch at one of the many picnic areas along the trails and relax, unwind and enjoy the natural beauty that is Gortin Glen Forest Park.
Ulster American Folk Park
Immerse yourself in the history and heritage of the Irish emigration story as it is told and brought to life throughout the park. Developed around the Thomas Mellon and his house the Ulster American Folk Park transports us through time from the ‘old world’ to the ‘new world.’ Along the way meet costumed guides who will have traditional daily tasks and skills to showcase, tales to tell and traditional food to share.
Hill of The O’Neill and Ranfurly House
The Hill of O’Neill holds a significant historical, cultural and political value to the history of Ireland as its’ placement allowed the residents to command the surrounding areas and view the counties of Ulster. Ranfurly House is a beautiful old Victorian Belfast Bank situated at the threshold of the Hill of O’Neill. Take a tour of the exhibition with experienced guides to hear tales of skeletons found, escape tunnels that snake below the town or walk up the Hill of O’Neill and view the panoramic views of the Ulster counties.
Mountain Bike in Davagh
Davagh Forest will take your breath away with its stunning views and the mountain bike trails! The trails snake through the untouched rolling hills of Davagh Forest, which is situated just six miles from Cookstown. Catering for both beginners and expert mountain bikers all three trails will be sure to test your skills and send your heart racing.