Clogherney Neolithic Walk, Co Tyrone.
Take a fresh look at County Tyrone and you’ll discover a wealth of hidden gems.
Drive through wild Sperrins beauty
Four spectacular driving routes in the Sperrin Mountains offer breath-taking scenery and ancient monuments galore, making a car tour through this lavish landscape a Tyrone must do. National Geographic praised these routes for their “wild beauty, ideal trails and dreamy villages” when it included them in its list of the world's top 101 scenic drives.
Hit the Main Street
For an unforgettable night on the town head for Omagh Main Street. Hear the buzz of the bars and eateries – Bohemian Rue, traditional Irish pub Seán Óg’s sports bar, The Ostlers Arms and pulsating nightclub Mantis – spills out on to the street. Omagh's Main Street’s very own open staged area for live music and entertainment keeps the energy high.
Trace America’s presidential past
Explore the strong genealogical links between Tyrone and America at the ancestral homes of the 18th (Ulysses S. Grant) and 28th (Woodrow Wilson) Presidents of the USA. The Grant Ancestral Homestead in Ballygawley is in the style of a 19th-century Irish smallholding and offers an audio-visual exhibition, while guided tours of the Wilson Ancestral Home near Strabane, gives a fascinating insight into the Ulster–American connection.
Take a Far and Wild cycle tour
Get off the beaten track with a guided or self-guided Far and Wild Sperrins cycle tour, a healthy way to enjoy Tyrone’s stunning scenery and discover its rich archaeology. Each route offers different options for longer or shorter journeys, depending on your energy levels. There are also suggestions for great places to stay overnight and where to find the best local artisan food.
Picnic at Gortin Glen
With only the sounds of babbling brooks, splashing waterfalls and birdsong to break the silence, nature is at its most teasing and peaceful in beautiful Gortin Glen Forest Park. Work up an appetite with a waymarked walk that takes you through forest, past waterfalls and along a winding river. Then enjoy a picnic with fantastic views.
Unwind at Corick House spa
Retreat with some relaxation in the secluded heart of Clogher Valley. The luxury spa facility at Corick House, a Georgian mansion offers a state-of-the art hydro therapy massage pool, eight luxurious treament rooms and a wide range of treatments on offer. This spa is a special place to unwind and indulge in some County Tyrone pampering.
Go to the bluegrass festival
If you are in Tyrone in September time, the most upbeat thing you can do is tap into the Ulster American Folk Park when it hosts the three-day annual Appalachian & Bluegrass Music Festival. Featuring some of the biggest names in bluegrass from Ireland, the USA and Canada, it’s the largest bluegrass festival outside of North America.
Take a sporting break at Baronscourt
Enjoy an excellent fishing and shooting break in the grand setting of the seventeenth-century Baronscourt Estate in Newtownstewart. Its salmon fishing on private beats in the River Mourne, or pike fishing on the Baronscourt lakes, are renowned, while shooters can choose from rough shooting or the more challenging driven woodcock shooting.
Visit Lissan House
The only family who ever lived in the 400-year-old Lissan House are the Staples. It was their home from about 1620 until the death in 2006 of the last family resident, who gifted the house to a local community trust. Now beautifully restored, the house near Cookstown, is the perfect spot for afternoon tea and a slice of history.
Dine gastro-style in Donaghmore
The Brewer's House gastropub and restaurant is a real gem, tucked away in the picturesque village of Donaghmore, Co. Tyrone. It dates back to the 18th century and is one of the oldest pubs in Ulster. Sourcing only the finest local ingredients with an established microbrewery it combines an excellent food and drink service with a relaxed ambience and makes for a diner’s delight.