Walking, Driving & Cycling Tours
The Park Trail is set amongst the beautiful backdrop of Dungannon Park, a 70 acre oasis. The walk's interesting paths surround the ground’s mature woodland, brightly coloured flowerbeds and the magnificent 13 acre freshwater lake. High ground offers the walker splendid viewpoints of surrounding townland and countryside with views of Lough Neagh on a clear day. The trail is 1.2 miles long and is open all year round - opening hours apply.
Leading off the Waterfall Trail the red trail takes you up along the side of the Deer park. The trail at the top of the small hill passes into the deer park and you can observe close at hand the impressive herd of white fallow deer. After leaving the deer park the trail passes by two parasol beech trees. They were discovered on the estate and brought to the front of the Manor House. Earliest records indicate they were planted there some time before 1885. The trail then passes through the ornamental gardens before returning to the car park. The River Trail crosses the stone bridge and follows the Torrent River downstream. At times of flood this is an excellent stretch of water to view dippers, kingfishers and wagtails. The Waterfall Trail follows the Torrent River upstream passing mature oak along the way. A Western Red Cedar has matured and where the lower branches of the tree have reached the ground they have rooted and developed into trees. Where the trail bridges the river and the season is wet, you can see the picturesque waterfall with its open stone bridge. After this feature the trail passes under a stone arch and past a magnificent Wellingtonia tree. Take a moment by the tranquil waters of the pond where you might be fortunate enough to see a kingfisher.
This pretty glen is close to the small town of Ballygawley. The walk of over a mile each way, passes along the edge of Glenmore enjoying a woodland environment and along the river edge.
Branny Ramble, Dergenagh, Dungannon
The Branny Ramble route begins at U.S. Grants Ancestral Homestead between Ballygawley & Aughnacloy. This walk is entirely on minor roads and winds through the countryside. The route passes Branny Hill Rath where there are spectacular views of counties Tyrone, Derry, Donegal, Antrim, Armagh, Monaghan, Down, Fermanagh & Letrim. The circular route finishes back at U.S. Grants Ancestral Homestead. Facilities onsite at U.S. Grants Ancestral Homestead include Parking, wildlife garden, toilets, playpark, picnic & BBQ area and the Ancestral Cottage.
Slieabh Beagh Way, Clogher Valley
The walk, part of the Ulster Way, traverses a pastoral landscape before plunging into Favour Royal Forest and Altadaven Wood. The latter is the site of St Patrick's Chair. Tradition has it that Ireland's patron Saint said mass in this chair and blessed the nearby well, imbuing its water with great healing powers. The woods are also a stronghold of the native red squirrel and the sheltered valley boasts an abundance of wildflowers and ferns. Walkers can find newts, frogs, dragonflies and murragh flies as well as a host of plant life including willow, horsetails in and around the many loughs of the Slieabh Beagh Way.
From the car park near reception and The Argory Court Yard, follow the path towards the stone Pavilion building with the narrow windows. Join the path at the Pavilion with the river on your right and the “ha ha” wall on your left. Stay on this path and within 5 minutes you will be under the canopy of lime trees. In Spring you will also be surrounded by a carpet of snowdrops.
At the end of the lime trees you can go past Meadow Cottage on the right and walk back along the River Blackwater or turn left towards the entrance drive and Lady Bond's Walk.
Enjoy the flora and fauna of this beautiful, unspoilt freshwater environment and the changing views of the lough from around its shoreline. A key attraction on the walk (1.3 miles) is the wildlife including the kingfisher; the swans and wild geese that visit or the wild duck that hatch and rear their young at the north side of the lough.
Gortin Forest Park
The park boasts a Sika deer enclosure, wildfowl, waterfall as well as expansive views over the forest and Sperrins Hills. There are 3 quality waymarked trails starting from the finger post in the main car park.
An Creagán, Omagh
An Creagán Boidiversity Trail is 3 miles long and is in a uniquely tranquil and picturesque environment. Start from An Creagán Centre and explore the plants found on the bogs of Creggan as well as the variety of wildlife. In addition, beautiful views of Cashel Mountain can be observed along the walk. www.an-creagan.com
Set in wild mountain scenery, Lough Fea is a delightful lake in the Cookstown Region. Covering 180 acres the 4.15km (approx 1 hour) walkway around Lough Fea has a mix of panoramic scenery and calming waters making this the ideal place for an idyllic evening walk. Children’s play area and toilet facilities are provided on site.
Drum Manor Forest Park
The attractive eighteenth-century demesne is now a forest park. Colourful in spring and autumn with a shrub, butterfly and Japanese garden, arboretum, ponds and mixed woodlands. There are three quality trails which are way-marked and there is a charge for parking.
Inneval Railway Walk, Stewartstown
Innevall Railway Walk is a short circular walk through lowland countryside including bogland, and an old railway embankment. The Goll Bog moss is home to local wildlife including Snipe, Grey Heron, Mink, Otters, Bulrush and Reed Grasses. The Great Northern Railway Line provides a scenic viewpoint to the surrounding landscape of farmland with neat hedgerows and woodlands.
Walking in the Sperrin Mountains
The variety of walking trails in the Sperrins area of outstanding natural beauty is one of Northern Ireland’s gems. The Sperrin Mountains, stretching along the border of counties Tyrone and Derry, can best be described as wild, untouched and beautiful. Walkers can expect undulating hills covered in heather, quiet valleys, boggy uplands and a land teeming with wildlife. There are 10 summits above 500m with the highest of the range, Sawel Mountain, peaking at 678m.
This is an excellent off-road hill walk over rough tracks and moorland, with views of the Bluestack and High Sperrin Mountain ranges. This 9 mile walk is abundant with hedgerows and stone walls. The Robber’s Table, the site where local highway men where reputed to have divided their spoils during the 17th century.
Vinegar Hill Loop
This 7 mile walk, part of the Ulster Way, provides rolling hills, lush green valleys and a snapshot of rural life. The isolation and vastness of the slopes are truly inspiring on this beautiful walk.
The Carleton Trail
The Carleton Trail is a way marked way that extends for 48km through a lush green Tyrone landscape rich in local history, architecture, ancient monuments, quiet streams and spectacular viewpoints. The circular route starts and finishes at Clogher and is named in honour of the acclaimed 19th Century poet and novelist William Carleton, who spent his childhood in and around the beautiful Clogher Valley.
Torrent Valley Heritage Trail
Come find your way where others have gone for centuries before in Castlecaulfield & Donaghmore. A Torrent Valley welcome awaits as you sample the rich heritage and culture of these hidden gems. In the tranquil Tyrone villages of Donaghmore and CastleCaulfield, learn about the brewing history of Donaghmore. The fascinating history of Castlecaulfield Castle, and the story of sir Toby Caulfield. The Famous Old Cross in Donaghmore which dates back to the 9th Century and is a relic of the monastic settlement in Donaghmore which lasted from the 6th-12th Century.
Clogher Valley Heritage Trail
Take a tour of the beautiful Clogher Valley and enjoy stunning views and beautiful scenery. Visit historic churches and Saint Macartan’s Cathedral in Clogher which stands on a very ancient site with the first Church recorded there dating from the fifth Century. Step back in time and discover the ancient Neolithic Knockmanny Passage Tomb dating from 3000BC. Saint Patricks Chair and Well perched on the hillside in Altedaven Glen, this large “Chair” of sandstone is believed to have healing properties and local folklore says that if you sit and make a wish within days it will come true!