Beaghmore Stone Circles
Top 10 things to do in County Tyrone
With the unspoilt slopes of the Sperrrin Mountains, stunning scenery and an array of history and heritage sites, the most expansive county in Northern Ireland is just made for outdoor pursuits.
Check out 10 of the best things you can get up to in the O’Neill county.
1. Ulster American Folk Park
Experience what it was like leaving your homeland forever at the Ulster American Folk Park. Travel from a thatched cottage and board a full-scale emigrant sailing ship bound for the log cabins of the American Frontier. Meet an array of exhibitions and costumed characters on your way with traditional crafts to show, tales to tell and food.
2. Beaghmore Stone Circles
Walking among the mysterious Beaghmore Stone Circles will mesmerise you. Pause amid these seven ancient circles, among the finest in Ireland, and you can easily imagine the voices and mysterious echoes of the past. You will feel energy here, and a connection to the land of our ancestors.
3. Hill of The O’Neill
From this ancient site the famous O'Neill dynasty ruled Gaelic Ireland for over 300 years. As it did for the chieftains, it still offers panoramic views of Ulster as far as the eye can see. The Ranfurly House Arts and Visitor Centre multi-media exhibitions narrate the site’s importance in Irish and European history, and is a perfect base to begin an exploration of County Tyrone.
4. Harry Avery’s Castle
The enigmatic Harry Avery’s Castle is thought to have been built and named after Henry Aimbreidh O'Neill, a Gaelic chieftain of the O’Neill clan. He died in 1392. The hilltop ruins with great views of the countryside are well worth exploring. It’s considered unusual because Irish chieftains of the time rarely built stone castles and this one copied elements from Norman castles.
5. Mountain bike in Davagh
Check out the untouched Davagh Forest for a major stop on Northern Ireland’s mountain bike map. Its fast and impressive 16km red trail will keep any mountain biker on their toes, but there are family-friendly green and easy-going blue trails, plus a pump track and short skills course for all who love two wheels. For those who love two feet, gentle walking trails are abundant too.
6. Canoe on Gortin Glen lakes
Quench your thirst for the great outdoors on GortIn Glen lakes, where the wilderness and sheltered location makes canoeing a total pleasure. Take a few hours and get away from it all, or camp over at Gortin Glen Forest Park and settle down to a barbeque of delights.
7. Blessingbourne Estate
The Blessingbourne Mountain Bike Trails, near Fivemiletown, lie in the heart of the Clogher Valley close to the border between counties Tyrone and Fermanagh. Packed full of technical trail features such as berms, table tops and rock drops, the trails at Blessingbourne cater for all ages and abilities and always provides a fun day out.
8. Get mucky at Todd’s Leap
Thrill-seeking in Tyrone soon leads to Todd’s Leap, where muddy marvellous times are guaranteed in the electrifying range of adrenaline pursuits and extreme adventures. Blindfold Land Rover driving, three-storey drop zone, body zorbing and tons more crazy adventures leave you gasping in excitement. Stay in cosy log cabins and funky refurbished containers to extend the thrills the next day.
9. Shop at the Linen Green
For a spot of upscale shopping Tyrone style, The Linen Green designer village in Moygashel should be on your list. This is not the high street; it’s about finding something different, that special outfit, something unique for the home. Afterwards, have a relaxed lunch or coffee.
10. Fish at the River Mourne
Regular Northern Ireland fisherman and ‘Millionaire’ TV star Chris Tarrant will tell you there are plenty of salmon in the River Mourne. It’s the right answer. The sport starts in earnest in late May, peaking through June and July, with another strong run in September and October. Land fishing’s greatest prize here and you’ll feel like you’ve hit the jackpot.