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Shared with County Londonderry, The Sperrin Mountains is home to a plethora of natural beauty and is filled with stone peaks, grassy moors, tumbling valleys, deep lakes and rivers the criss-cross throughout the region.

Designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), County Tyrone is well known for its gorgeous landscapes with self-catered cottages set throughout the county with these views on their doorstep. The county as a whole is a place of peace, breathtaking views and features of natural beauty. A great way to see this is by taking a driving tour through the Sperrins and see what each region has to offer. In the Southern Sperrins you'll find many places of cultural and historical importance, in the east you'll find the rarely appreciated beauty of this region and to the north you'll find jaw dropping views. For those who enjoy to fish, the rivers of the Foyle, Lough Neagh and the Lower Bann are filled with high-end game and course angling. You'll find salmon, trout, sea trout, bream, roach, pike and eel throughout the region. For walkers and hikers, there is plenty of walks through the Sperrins and the county as a whole which range for gentle strolls to more challenging climbs. 

Away from the mountains you'll find traditional market towns and villages like Cookstown, Dungannon, Omagh and Strabane. These places are home to tours, ancient architecture, festivals and other events.

Ranging across the Sperrins and Foyle areas; The Journey in Time tour takes in fourteen historic sites. From megalithic formations originating from the stone, iron and bronze ages to stone circles and wedge tombs close to Omagh, Strabane and Cookstown. Ten miles from Cookstown, Beaghmore Stone Circles, date from around 1500 BC. Stones rise from the ground and stand in seven circles, alongside a dozen cairns. The purpose of these stones are widely debated, come see and decide for yourself. In and around Strabane, you'll find a number of other Neolithic and Bronze Age structures; Clogherny Wedge Tomb, Lough Ash Wedge Tomb (which dates from 4000BC), Glenroan Portal Tomb, Goles Stone Row and White Stone of Kilcroagh.

In the heart of the Sperrins, Gortin Glen Forest Park is a mass of coniferous woodland with different walks for experience different parts of the park and see a variety of plant life. Some of these trails will take you deep into the woods and far away from it all. There is also the Drum Manor Forst Park which can be found near Cookstown and is the most centrally located forest park in Northern Ireland. There a number of walks through the park which lead you through areas of beautiful flora, fauna and wildlife like wild waterfowl and even the odd kingfisher.

In Benburb, Coalisland and Donaghmore you'll find heritage centres covering history, culture and genealogy. Coming to Northern Ireland on holiday to discover more about your routes? These may be well worth a look. Preserving Irish dance, music and culture; the Dun Uladh Cultural Heritage Centre in Omagh is well worth visiting for a flavour of traditional aspects of Irish life. 

Near Omagh, you'll find the Ulster American Folk Park which looks at life of those who emmigrated to the United States of America and helped forge strong ties between the two lands. The lives and uncertain times of these people are acted out by actors in various costumes similar to those of the time. The park also explores the affect the Irish Famine had on the people of the time.

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