Northern Ireland attractions from Enniskillen to Londonderry: Marble Arch Caves, Ulster American Folk Park, Gray Printing Press, Ballyheather Trout Fishing, Sperrins Area …
Looking for a sign that it’s time to think outside the box? Why not follow a brown road sign and enjoy one of these great Northern Ireland attractions along the way from Enniskillen to Derry / Londondery.
Okay so we’re doubling down on our route a bit, but if you’ve never been to the Marble Arch Caves just outside of Enniskillen you’re in for a treat, because these really are one of the attractions Northern Ireland’s most impressive tourist attractions. . Formed over 340 million years ago, the caves were carved into the limestone by water that passed through the soft rock, eroding it with the result of frankly impressive caverns.
The caves were first mapped in 1895 by explorer Édouard-Alfred Martel and Dublin naturalist H Lyster Jameson, who discovered 1,000 feet of passages through their effort. They were explored further in the following decades, perhaps most famous in 1935 by the famous Yorkshire Ramblers Club.
After extensive work, the caves were opened to the public in 1985. The guided walking tour of the cave lasts about an hour and is suitable for people of average physical condition. It follows the course of the Owenbrean River and describes the history of the creation of the caves, their discovery and their mapping. In addition to visiting the cave, you can also enjoy the aerial landscape of Cladagh Glen and its surroundings, which is part of the Marble Arch Global Geopark.
See www.marblearchcaves.co.uk for more details. Tickets cost £ 10 for adults and £ 5 for children over five with family tickets and discounts available.
Ulster American Folk Park
You may not have been here since the compulsory trip to elementary school, but Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh is well worth a visit if you haven’t been in recent years.
In the 18th and 19th centuries, many people left Northern Ireland to seek their fortunes in the United States, and this open-air museum showcases not only the life they left behind, but the life they owed as well. kiss upon arrival at the US border. Arranged as a journey, you can move around this Old World open-air museum, experience the journey of the emigrants and then head to the New World. Step inside and you’ll step back in time as the exhibition buildings faithfully recreate the shops and homes of the era, and you can wander at your leisure to learn more about life back then. There are daily traditional craft demonstrations, featuring everything from quilting and spinning to blacksmithing, willow weaving and more. They have the Loaf Cafe onsite for when all that walking catches up with you, or you are welcome to bring your own picnic to enjoy the outdoors.
See www.nmni.com for details. Tickets cost £ 8.66 for adults and £ 5.29 for children with discounts available.
Gray’s printing press
If you read these words in a print edition of the Belfast Telegraph and enjoy the feel of paper and the smell of ink, then Gray’s Printing Press in Strabane may be for you.
In the 18th century, Strabane had the reputation of being the capital of printing in Ireland. James Wilson, grandfather of US President Woodrow Wilson, is said to have learned his trade there, as did John Dunlap, who was the first to print the American Declaration of Independence. Located behind a quaint 18th-century storefront in the city center, this National Trust-owned hidden gem explores the history of printing in the city, the equipment used, and the labor-intensive process. work that brought the printed materials to the people, as well as the impact of the industry on Strabane and beyond.
This small museum has a collection of original printing presses and galleys with exhibits, daily demonstrations, and guided tours offered by a team of dedicated volunteers. It is therefore necessary to book in advance. There is also an on-site tea room where you can enjoy a cup of tea or a bite to eat while leafing through the Belfast Telegraph print of the day. We say long live the impression.
See www.nationaltrust.org.uk/grays-printing-press for more details.
Ballyheather trout fishing
This part of Northern Ireland offers plenty of places for anglers to pull out their rod and line and try their luck, so along this route you might be tempted to park and settle on the waterfront. ‘a lake or a river. Ballyheather Trout Fishing, which opened in 2017, is located just outside of Strabane and offers anglers a choice of two lakes well stocked with rainbow trout and blue trout up to an impressive nine weights. pounds, so there is a chance to bring home a big one. You can either fly the two acre lake fly or half acre bait fishing, whichever you prefer. On site, the lakeside is well laid out, with many parking lots and benches available to set up camp for the day. No cane with you? You can also take advantage of their rod rental service on site, with equipment also available for purchase. It is recommended to call in advance to verify opening hours.
See www.discovertyroneandsperrins.com/attraction/ballyheather-trout-fishery or call 079 5298 7407 to find out more.
Sperrins Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Designated as an Exceptional Natural Beauty Area, it is worth making a detour to enjoy the history, scenery and beauty of the Sperrins mountain range.
Stretching from the Strule Valley to Lough Neagh, the region includes mountains, rivers, sites of archaeological significance, scenic forests and ecologically significant bogs.
The An Creagán Visitor Center is a great starting point to start your exploration, with marked trails and paths for walkers and cyclists. They also have information on over 70 ancient monuments within a 3 mile radius of the center, including courtyard, corner and portal tombs, an Ogham Stone (believed to be the only example of an inscribed stone in the county. by Tyrone) and more.
One such impressive site is the Beaghmore Stone Circles. Located just north of Cookstown, they were discovered in the 1940s by peat cutters and consist of seven stone circles, cairns and a row of stones, in what would have been ritual sites. Gortin Glen Forest Park is also worth a visit, offering hiking and mountain biking trails for all skill levels that allow you to admire the scenic valleys, as well as a top-notch adventure playground for children. .
See www.exploreomagsperrins.com for more details.