Information Tyrone Ireland

Welcome To Tyrone!

Tyrone is the largest county in Northern Ireland and is a great destination for hill walkers, anglers, boaters, historians and even those with an interest in the history of Ireland before records began.
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Off the beaten track, Tyrone has plenty of villages and hamlets of interest to visit. Clogher – steeped in legend – is just one of them. Its eighteenth century cathedral, which was preceded by a medieval one, and a monastery before that, boasts one of the “three stones of Erin”, the Cloghor. The first bishop of Clogher was said to be St MacCairthinn, known as St Patrick’s strong man. One of Noah’s grandsons was said to make land here too, in a second ark. In the county you’ll also find Benburb Castle, dating to 1616. The area around it features a salmon leap and it is a place frequented by canoeists. The village of Ballygawley boasts the ruins of St Kieran’s Church (1489) with a fine view of the area. The Boyne Valley is known for its Neolithic passage graves, but the peoples who lived in pre-Christian Tyrone certainly left their mark, with many indications of settlement in ancient times. Not far from Ballygawley, for example, you’ll find an oft overlooked small roofless tomb that features concentric circle designs. Some academics have claimed that the form of a woman can be seen in the carvings, accompanied by an angular man – an indication that the ancient peoples who worshipped the sun were anthropomorphising the celestial body in order to celebrate life – either after death – or to indicate that life regenerates after the passing of a loved one. So if you want to avoid the crowds of Newgrange but are eager to take in a spot of prehistoric art, then the passage tomb at Sess Kilgreen might be worth the trip if you’re in the area. This is just one of several places of prehistoric interest in Tyrone, with its cairns, passage graves and hundreds of standing stones.
General information Tyrone

County Tyrone (derived from the Irish “Tír Eoghain” meaning "land of Eoin") is one of six counties that form Northern Ireland. Tyrone sits on south-west shore of Lough Neagh, and its county town is Omagh. It is also one of the thirty-two counties of Ireland, resting within the historical province of Ulster.

The Eoghan of "Tír Eoghain " was son of king Niall of the Nine Hostages, and brother of Conall Gulban. Tyrone was the traditional stronghold of the various O'Neill clans and families up until the seventeenth century.

The Sperrin Mountains offer some fantastic walking trails, together with spectacular scenery. The main towns of County Tyrons include Dungannon, Strabane, Cookstown and Omagh.

Accommodation in Tyrone

Tyrone provides you with ample accommodation options to suit your requirement and your budget. Bed & Breakfast, Guest Houses, Hostels, Hotels and Farm Houses are some of the possible choices for your stay in Tyrone.

Hotels in Tyrone

The hotels of Tyrone offer everything from simple, convenient accommodation to modern, luxury hotels in picturesque settings. Hotels in Tyrone include the Bank House Hotel, Glenavon House Hotel and The Valley Hotel.

Bed & Breakfast in Tyrone

The Bed & breakfast of Tyrone provides you with a comfortable and affordable stay along with deliciously cooked breakfast to suit your budget. B&B in Tyrone includes names such as Mullaghmore House in Omagh and The Grand Lodge in Dungannon.

Tyrone Restaurants

Tyrone restaurants serve traditional and contemporary cuisine composed from the finest ingredients. Popular restaurants in Tyrone include The Silverbirch in Omagh, Viscounts Restaurant in Dungannon and Oysters in Strabane.

Shopping in Tyrone

Tyrone has several charming and busy shpping districts including Dungannon Town Centre, Cookstown Town Centre, Coalisland Town Centre, Omagh Town Centre and Strabane Town Centre.

Tyrone Car Rental

Car rentals in Tyrone facilitate cars on rent for a pre defined period and according to budget. Some of prime car rentals in Tyrone include Cookstown Car Hire, Omagh Car Hire, Castlederg Car Hire and Ballycolman Car Hire..

Tyrone Golf

Tyrone has many golf courses including Dungannon Golf Club and Omagh Golf Club offering the finest in parkland golf.

Attractions Tyrone Ireland

Arboe Monument - Arboe

This well known monument stands at Arboe Point, 'the Hill of the Cow', on the west shore of Lough Neagh. It is a particularly fine specimen and belongs to a late period in the development of the sculptured free-standing ringed crosses. In its present form it is a reconstruction, the upper part having fallen in 1846, and now stands 18 feet high. The carved details depict biblical scenes some of which are self evident - Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes, the Crucifixion, David and Goliath, the Last Supper, Cain and Able, etc. - but weathering has obscured the meaning of other panels. There was a monastery hereabouts in the sixth century and pilgrimages were until fairly recently made to the site.

Benburb Sunday - Benburb

Held in the grounds of the Servite priory, Benburb on the 3rd Sunday in June this colourful event attracts 1000's of visitors and has such attractions as: live acts, music ranging from folk to modern, fun fair, Irish dancing, raffles and a miniature train. Very much a family day.

Coalisland - Coalisland

Tyrone's industrial heritage is illustrated in the Coalisland Experience. Located in the Cornmill on the site of the old canal basin, the centre charts coalisland progression in the past 300 years, bringing to life the stages in the area's development in potteries, corn milling, canals and brickworks. Photographic and map records add a human touch, and there are regular enactments of scenes related to Coalisland's proud heritage.

Dromore Mound - Dromore

The Dromore Mound, which is the remains of an ancient Motte & Bailey, can be found just a few hundred metres from the town centre. It is one of the finest examples of a Norman Motte & Bailey to be found in Ireland today and is protected by the Historic Monuments Branch of the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland.

Gortin Glen - Gortin

Gortin Glen, to the West of Gortin Village on the Omagh Road, is an area characterised by fantastic panoramic views and the Gortin lakes. The Glen is home to the Gortin Glen Forest Park, which provides a series of beautiful walks, and a drive, through the forest - with a number of nature activities thrown in for good measure. It is only when one reaches the park that the lack of trees in the rest of the region becomes obvious. Just down the road from the forest park is the Ulster History Park, a highly rated History Centre, including an accurate recreation of early settlements in the area. The Centre is very high - tech and promises something for everyone.

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