Tyrone Hotels & Information
Tyrone is bordered by Donegal to the west, Derry to the north and Armagh, Monaghan and Fermanagh to the south.
Until the beginning of the 17th century, Tyrone was the centre of the famous Ulster O'Neill family. The chief crowning place of the Tyrone O'Neills was Tullaghoge Hill, where there is a fine view of the old kingdom of Tyrone from the top.
The landscape is rich in prehistoric and Celtic remains. About one thousand standing stones are a testament to the Stone Age people who passed this way. Well known Neolithic sites here include the Beaghmore stone circles near Cookstown which were uncovered only 40 years ago, and the chambered cairn of Knockmany at the top of a steep wooded hill north of Clogher. Superb examples of Christian High Crosses can be seen at Ardboe and Donaghmore village.
Donaghmore Heritage Centre is the genealogy centre for Tyrone and Fermanagh.
President Wilson House, Dergalt. The 28th US President, Woodrow Wilson's grandfather, emigrated from this house in 1807.
The Ulster History Park, Cullion, Lislap, Omagh near Gortin Glen Forest Park is well worth a visit. This is a 14-hectare park detailing history from the Stone Age to the 17th century Plantation.
The Tyrone Crystal Factory, Killybrackey, just outside Dungannon. Visitors can view the process where each piece of glassware is mouth blown, hand cut and polished.
Ancestral Homestead of Ulysses S.Grant, 18th President of the United States.
The Sperrin Heritage Centre in the heart of the Sperrin Mountains offers a superb view across the beautiful Glenelly Valley and river. The exhibition tells about glaciation and the discovery of gold in the Sperrins, as well as the more light hearted story of poteen, the famous Irish drink.
Gortin Glen Forest Park covers 405 hectares of the much larger forest of Gortin Glen. A major feature of the Forest Park is the 5-mile long tarmac drive through the forest, which offers some breathtaking views. There are wildlife enclosures and an indoor exhibit. A nature trail has been laid out with information at each point. Picnic places with covered barbecue areas have also been provided and a number of forest trails lead to viewpoints.
Angling - the fishing in Northern Ireland, and particularly in the Sperrin Region, ranks among the best anywhere. The Foyle, for example, is known to prominent local fisherman as one of salmon fishing's best-kept secrets, ranking alongside better-known rivers such as the Tay, the Dee and the Spey.
Bird-watchers can view wintering Greenlands white-fronted geese in Annaghroe, River Blackwater. Water rail, nesting kestrel and raven can be seen in the Strabane Glen, grazing Bewicks and whooper swans, greylag and Greenland whitefronted geese in winter in Grange, River Foyle. In the Sperrin Mountains are breeding golden plover, peregrine, raven and red grouse. Seskinore Forest is rich in songbirds and birds of prey.
Golf, go-karting, bowling, horse riding, mountaineering, hill walking and cycling are all available for those interested in outdoor pursuits.
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