Hidden away in the heart of Ulster lies the Tyrone and the Sperrins an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), a dramatic environment millions of years in the making and with a thousand and one secrets awaiting to be discovered. This scenic heartland offers a complete taste of rural Ireland and features some of Ireland’s most stunning landscapes – the heather clad hills of the high Sperrins; the rich and fast flowing rivers of the Foyle; the vastness of Lough Neagh, and the wonderfully sculpted fields and townlands of County Tyrone.
Mysterious sentinels and ancient stones dot an enchanted landscape which today provides the perfect backdrop for a wide range of get away breaks and activities . Enjoy everything from challenging treks, extreme off road driving, and adrenaline pumping mountain biking to romantic retreats and family fun in the great outdoors - all packaged with a warm welcome, and wonderful places to eat and stay.
Strabane- An Srath Bán – The Fair Holm –
Strabane is a town which compares favourably with any other in Ireland. Its principal streets contain many imposing buildings and business premises, combining familiar high street names with the intimacy of the family run businesses.
Strabane offers the complete shopping experience – Everything from designer boutiques to shops offering traditional fare while stylish coffee bars, quaint teashops and award winning restaurants provide the perfect option for sharing a relaxing moment or two with friends.
Made In Tyrone
While in Strabane discover quality craft shops, artesan food outlets, and a monthly Farmers Market. Other gems include our very own luxury shirt maker and retailer – continuing a rich tradition hundreds of years in the making and the leading producer of Gaelic Games sportswear in Ireland.
A Unique Heritage
A visit to Strabane would be incomplete without sampling something of our unique heritage and culture. Strabane is noted for its many famous associations including those with Flann O’Brien- one of Ireland’s foremost literary giants; the hymn writer Cecil Frances Alexander – of All Things Bright And Beautiful fame; and John Dunlap, printer of the American Declaration of Independence.On Strabane’s Main Street, nestling behind a unique Georgian façade, visitors will find Gray Printers and its treasure trove of history focussing on the indelible story of ink, galleys, presses and emigration in the 18th century (Open on set days only and by appointment) Nearby, we also have the ancestral home of President Woodrow Wilson (Open July & August) where visitors can relive the ambience of bygone days in front of the traditional hearth fire, and in the carefully conserved rooms complete with authentic artefacts.
Alongside this unique heritage, Strabane can also boast one of the most impressive pieces of sculpture in the North-West – the “Let The Dance Begin” sculpture, and a magnificent arts and conference theatre where everything from traditional music, to ballet and comedy can be enjoyed. Add to the mix a number of excellent opportunities to participate in creative learning and the arts, as well as a wide spectrum of outdoor activity interests such as angling, golf, and horse riding there is no doubt that Strabane has something to suit all tastes.
For more information, see the Discover Tyrone and Sperrins website