Tyrone is dominated by the heather-clad Sperrin Mountains. These are the largest and one of the least-explored mountain ranges in Northern Ireland – just an hour from Belfast or City of Derry airports, yet offering up dramatic valleys, hills, forests and lakes, not to mention prehistoric tombs and standing stones.
A walkers' wonderland
But there’s more… the Sperrins are also popular with horse-riders, parachutists, gliders – the Ulster Gliding Club takes full advantage of the swirling air currents above Magilligan Point – and even gold-prospectors. Yes, gold has been found in them there hills, so watch out for glints and glistens in the mountain streams.
For a deeper insight into the surrounding landscape, An Creagán Visitor Centre interprets the surrounding bogland and its origins from the last Ice Age. Families can explore the nearby stone circles at Beaghmore, or venture off to walk or cycle several forest trails, such as the scenic Forest & River Trail.