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International Appalachian Trail

The Irish section of the International Appalachian Trail is a coast to coast walk that follows some of the beautiful landscapes this island has to offer. From the epic cliffs of Slieve League, to the rugged wilderness of the Sperrin mountains; from the world famous Causeway Coast to the breathtaking Glens of Antrim. Take the next step in the world’s largest international trail network; find your nearest section of trail by visiting iatulsterireland.com #IATUlsterIreland

Glen Park Estate

Glenpark Estate is located at the foot of the Gortin Glens Forest Park just outside Omagh, Co. Tyrone in Northern Ireland. The site of the former Ulster History Park now offers hotel rooms, a caravan park & campsite, a licensed restaurant & bar, children’s soft play, a farm shop, access to the beautiful grounds, an open farm featuring rare breed animals and is also a venue for weddings and events.

Caravan Pitches

24 freshly landscaped pitches set in beautiful woodland on the edge of the Gortin Glen Forest Park.

All pitches have electricity, water and access to a communal bathroom block (toilets and showers). There is a games/common room open daily until 11pm.

Please note that campsite bookings do not include access to the grounds.

Camping

Pitch your tent with us and enjoy the wonders of nature with the bonus comfort of access to our on site bathroom facilities and campsite common room.

Please note that campsite bookings do not include access to the grounds.

Beaghmore Stone Circles

Discovered during peat cutting in the 1940s the site at Beaghmore consists of 7 stone circles. All of the rings are associated with cairns and a stone row runs towards these cairns.

It is possible that Neolithic occupation and cultivation preceded the erection of burial cairns and ceremonial circles and alignments: some irregular lines and heaps of boulders resembling field-fences or field-clearance may predate the ritual structures. At some stage peat started to form over the site, and it may conceivably be that the cairns and rows were erected in a futile propitiatory attempt to restore fertility to the soil by attracting back the fading sun.

 

Gortin Glen Forest MTB Trails

With a healthy blend of red and blue trails, Gortin’s natural inclination towards hills means riders will earn those epic views, and more importantly, over 14km of smooth flowy sections ideal for those looking to shred at speed or just get an epic introduction to the world of mountain biking.

With views from the top of Mullaghcarn and Ladies Viewpoint, you can be assured of the best seat in the house to enjoy the Sperrins.

BLUE TRAIL DESCRIPTION

A more gradual climb from the car park on a shared fire road brings you to a junction where you can choose from one of two blue trails.

You’ll either turn left and join The Roller Coaster – a section you can pick up some real speed on through the forest until some small turns and features near the bottom.

Or you can opt for Kelan’s Chase, where you’ll encounter another climb toward’s Ladies View Point before a long descent filled with fast flowy fun, tight corners and some short pedalling sections.

CONDITIONS

The trails are now open and riding well.

 

RED TRAIL DESCRIPTION

The main red section is where you earn those views – climb out of the bottom car park through the Glen until you reach the Mullaghcarn ascent.

From here it’s another short, sharp climb that rewards you for your efforts in incredible views of the Sperrins. Take a moment to enjoy them before dropping onto “The Mountain” – a flowy cascade of berms and switchbacks the lead into a super fast and open run.

After some tight corners, you’ll rejoin the forest in Sika’s Run in a series of moderate rock drops and steep descents, before reemering at the car park.

The River Run trail involves following the fire road for the blue trail from the car park, before turning left and joining the blue trail for a short period. You then break off right and enjoy another scenic descent through the forest, this time with the river on your right.

CONDITIONS

The trails are now open and riding well.

Omagh Historical Trail

Learn about Omagh’s exciting and varied history as well as some famous people with the Omagh Historical Trail map.

http://bit.ly/OmaghHistoricalTrail

Historic Sites in Tyrone

Discover historic sites through-out Tyrone including Harry Avery’s Castle, Beaghmore Stone Circle, Cappagh Old Church, Creggandevesky Court Tomb and Knockmany Passage Tomb.

http://bit.ly/HistoricSitesTyrone

ReelDeal Fly Fishing

Omagh

Co Tyrone

Tel: 0796 874 0312

www.reeldealflyfishing.co.uk

email: shane@reeldealflyfishing.co.uk

 

Gortin Glen Forest Park

Gortin Glen Forest Park is located six miles north of Omagh off the B48 road towards Gortin village at the western gateway to the Sperrin mountains.

The Forest is owned by Forest Service NI with the play park and trails maintained by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council.

The International Appalachian Trail / Ulster Way pass through part of the forest.  A major recreational feature of the forest is the Destination Play Park (opened August 2019). In addition to the walking trails there is also a five mile long scenic drive which offers some magnificent views of County Tyrone. A number of vista lay-bys have been created where the motorist can pull in to enjoy the spectacular scenery.

A range of trails give the visitor a chance to enjoy the Park at its best. All the trails are colour coded and return to the car park.

Other facilities onsite include, toilets, Picnic Tables and a BBQ area.

Campbase Adventures are located on site for all your mountain bike and uplift services.

Also on site is the newly opened Brie’s Barista Bar  which offer fantastic food and delicious coffee on site!

Furth north of the Forest Park are the Gortin Lakes offering a short walk around these kettle hole lakes with superb vistas of the Sperrin Mountains to the north.

 

Opening times: 24 hours

Nally Stand & Heritage Centre

The Nally Heritage Centre was officially opened on March 22nd 2009.

The centre encompasses aspects of social, economic, political, sporting and geographical history relating to the local area.This is enhanced with artefacts, which span from historic times to the modern day. The exhibitions will be changed on a regular basis with opening exhibitions and themes being expanded to highlight in detail a particular aspectvor person from that era.

Ulster American Folk Park

A world to excite your inner explorer.

Immerse yourself in the story of the brave emigrants who made the journey across the Atlantic to America hundreds of years ago.

Enter thatched cottages and meet costumed characters who will show you traditional crafts, tell you a few stories and maybe even share a bit of their good food.

Board a full-scale emigrant ship to experience the conditions faced by many as they set sail for a new life in America. With 30 buildings and exhibits to explore, masses of things for the kids to do, the Ulster American Folk Park is a wonderfully unique experience.

In September 2020 The Ulster American Folk Park launched their new music trail, Folk Park Live, in partnership with Snow Water, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Tourism NI.

The trail tells the story of emigration from Ulster through traditional songs performed by a range of our finest local artists including: Gemma Bradley, Mary Dillon, Gareth Dunlop, Niall Hanna, Cathal Hayden, Maurice Leyden, Neil Martin, No Oil Paintings, Eilidh Patterson, ROE and Jack Warnock.
The trail can be enjoyed as part of your visit to Ulster American Folk Park. Pick up a printed trail on arrival and listen to the performances on your smartphone or tablet as you wander the museum.
The performances can also be enjoyed from home at folkparklive.com

Ulster American Folk Park Family Pass

Dates of offers

Summer Season (March – October)

Details

A range of family passes available for entry to the Ulster American Folk Park.

  • 1 adult & 3 children pass
  • 2 adults & 3 children pass

Price

  • 1 adult & 3 children: £20.92 (Without family pass: £28.05)
  • 2 adults & 3 children: £27.50 (Without family pass: £37.95)

The Abingdon Collection

The Abingdon Collection represents over 50 years of passionate collecting and is divided into two very distinct areas of interest. The Collection is complemented by over 500 die cast model cars, photographs, enamel signs, jukeboxes, radios and automobilia.

If you lived through the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s or just like big boy’s toys, then there is definitely something here for you.

The second part of the collection concentrates on World War Two and represents one of the largest collections in private ownership, with over 3000 items on permanent display.

Now 7O years after the war ended, many have forgotten the supreme sacrifice that so many had to make. This collection is in memory of them all. The collection also contains many rare exhibits from the First World War trenches and we provide a guided tour through the period. Groups and individuals are very welcome to take a ‘walk in the past’.

This collection attracts hundreds of visitors per year and raises considerable funds by donation to Cancer Research. There is no charge and every effort will be made to facilitate visiting groups.

For bookings ring 02882243373 Contributions to Cancer Research gratefully accepted.

 

*SPECIAL OFFERS FOR SUMMER 2021 *(TBC in line with Government regulations)

A guided tour through history with an emphasis on World War 2 and a chance to visit one of the largest collections in private ownership.

No charge but a small donation to Cancer Research UK is appreciated.

Group bookings are restricted to six in the initial few months of reopening and masks must be worn by all adults. Check out www.theabingdoncollection.com

 

 

Mellon Centre for Migration Studies

The Mellon Centre for Migration Studies is a research library which collects material relating to the history of the peoples of Ireland worldwide. Visitors will have access to a reference collection of over 17,000 volumes, journals, maps, newspapers, computers and the Centre’s Irish Emigration Database, which is now available online.
Part of Libraries NI, the library is located at the Ulster American Folk Park which is part of the National Museums of Northern Ireland. We work closely with the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland,  Queen’s University Belfast, the Ulster University and the Ulster Historical Foundation.

The Mellon Centre for Migration Studies is a project of the Scotch-Irish Trust of Ulster, which until the formation of the National Museums of Northern Ireland in 1998 owned and managed the Ulster-American Folk Park.

Dun Uladh Cultural Heritage Centre

Opened in October 1995, Dún Uladh serves as a centre for those who wish to develop a deeper awareness of Ireland’s ancient cultural heritage.

There are colourful evenings of traditional music, song, dance and storytelling with many Tyrone & Ulster Fleadh winners displaying their talents. Visitors are invited to come along and watch, listen (or maybe even participate) as some of the best local performers showcase their talents and enjoyable an intimate presentation of authentic Irish culture.

Many events and workshops (including crafts and Irish language classes) are organised at Dún Uladh and the centre is also available to hire for events, with full catering available. Visit their website for more details.

Garvaghey GAA Centre

Garvaghey (from the Irish, ‘Garbh Achaidh … The Rough Field’) was visioned, planned and built as a ‘Tyrone Gaelic Bauhaus’, a place to develop and celebrate in joined-up ways the people, games, culture, heritage and environment of Gaelic Tyrone. It’s about using our past and present to create a strong and robust future. It’s a place for building social capital, ‘the glue that holds society together’.

Our £7m project spread over 43-acres in the heart of upland rural Tyrone was developed between 2008 and 2013. We began by buying the ground and doing our planning and then moved in sequence through levelling the land, laying our pitches, constructing the building and completing our landscaping. Now we’re making it work to best effect for Tyrone and the people in it.

An Creagan Visitor Centre

An Creagán Visitor Centre is a superb attraction with a range of facilities and activities for families, couples, individuals and groups. Located between the historic town of Omagh and the market town of Cookstown at the foothills of the majestic Sperrin Mountains.

An Creagán is the ideal location for walking, cycling and exploring, from casual walks to serious trails. The centre offers the perfect base to explore the wider Sperrins region and fascinating archaeology on our doorstep. Did you know about the nearby stone circles at Beaghmore?

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