County Tyrone Bed and Breakfast Accommodation
Tyrone is the largest county in Northern Ireland and is known for its prehistoric sites, forest parks, the extensive Sperrin Mountains (which are a major attraction for hill walkers, cyclists and ornithologists) and its connection to Lough Neagh.
The county town of Omagh is a great base from which to explore the surrounding areas such as the picturesque Gortin Glen while Ulster American Folk Park nearby explains the province’s unique contribution to the ‘New World’. Because it is the most central of the six counties of Northern Ireland, it also is the most convenient to reach all the others as well as crossing the border. Dungannon is just 30mins drive from Belfast and 15mins from Armagh.
History and Heritage
Tyrone is rather proud of its heritage, and particularly its very close links with America. At least three early US Presidents and frontiersman Davy Crockett are descended from Tyrone emigrants and the details are among the exhibits at the Ulster American Folk Park. That probably helps to explain why so many American visitors gravitate towards Tyrone when they come to Ireland.
Of even older vintage is the 10th century Ardboe Cross, the Iron Age fort at Tullyhogue, and the Beaghmore Stone Circles. There are also several heritage centres in the county worth seeing as well as the history park at Gortin.
Sites to see
Ulster American Folk Park, Sperrin Heritage Centre, Ulster History Park, Cornmill Heritage Centre, Beaghmore Stone Circles, An Creagan Visitor Centre, Wellbrook Beetling Mill, Tyrone Crystal.
Sports and Leisure
Visitors can fish for trout in the tributaries of the River Foyle as well as angling on Lough Neagh which is also popular with sailors and boating fans.
On shore, golf, cricket, bowling and horse-riding are popular activities.
A great way to discover Tyrone is on foot and the Central Sperrins Way is a new 25-mile waymarked trail that begins and ends near Plumbridge.
The Sperrin Mountains cover much of Tyrone and offer four sign posted scenic routes.
The Ulster Way takes an even longer and tougher route and is not for the fainthearted.
Eat, Drink and Stay
Good food can be tasted at such establishments as Hawthorn House, Oasis Bistro, Pink Elephant and Grant’s (Omagh), Viscounts (Dungannon), The Loft @ The Linen Green (Moygashel), and Oysters (Strabane).
For those seeking a tipple, the Coach Inn, Sally O’Brien’s, Devlin’s and Bogan’s (Omagh), Castle Inn, Harry’s Bar and Gallen’s (Castlederg), The Rathmore and Trident Inn (Clogher), and Martha’s Vineyard (Strabane) are considered locally as worthy of a visit.
B&B accommodation is in plentiful supply in Tyrone and are well spread out to satisfy the demand to visit diverse attractions across such a large county.
May: Mid Ulster Film Festival
July: International Music Festival, Coalisland
August: Sperrin Hill Walking Festival
September: Appalachain & Bluegrass Music Festival at Ulster American Folk Park
Things you have to see or do
Ulster American Folk Park – open air museum re-enacting the story of emigration from Ulster to America in the 18th and 19th centuries
Sperrin Heritage Centre – telling the story of glaciation and the discovery of gold in the SperrinMountains
Ulster History Park – illustrating how people lived from the Stone Age right through to plantation times
Cornmill Heritage Centre – near Coalisland
Beaghmore Stone Circles – between Cookstown and Gortin
An Creagan Visitor Centre – at Creggan
Wellbrook Beetling Mill – showing the final stage of linen making
Tyrone Crystal – avail of a guided tour encompassing every stage of the crystal making process
Omagh District Council www.omagh.gov.uk
Ulster American Folk Park www.folkpark.com
An Creagan www.an-creagan.com
Northern Ireland Tourist Board www.discovernorthernireland.com
Sperrin Tourism www.sperrinstourism.com
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