Some History and Geography of the County Tyrone Environs
County Tyrone lies on the western shore of Lough Neagh, and borders in the south with the counties of Armagh, Monaghan, and Fermanagh, in the west with Donegal, and in the north with Londonderry.

The Sperrin mountains cover much of northern Tyrone, while other regions are occasioned by beautiful rivers, moors, and rolling forests.

Outside of Omagh (the county town), Cookstown, and Dungannon, the landscape is sparsely settled, though rich in both history and Celtic remains. Some of County Tyrone’s modern day tourist attractions consist of the Neolithic site of Beaghmore (stone circles near Cookstown), the chambered cairn of Knockmany at Clogher, the Ulster History Park near Gortin Glen Forest Park,

the ancient High Cross at Ardboe (18 feet high; below),

and another High Cross in Donaghmore village. Tullaghoge hill (below) near Cookstown was the chief crowning place of the Tyrone O'Neill Kings and sports a fine view of the old Kingdom of Tyrone from its top.

Nearly a thousand ancient standing stones dot the landscape of Tyrone, as well as the ruins of several castles, and abbeys.

Cookstown and the near vicinity have many tourist attractions including Killymoon Castle (below) which was originally constructed in 1671 by the Stewart family, and was rebuilt in 1803 by Col. William Stewart.

Tullyhogue Fort was the place of inauguration of the O'Neill clan, between the 12th and 16th centuries. The Beaghmore Stone Circles date from the early Bronze Age, and may have been the first site of human settlement in Ireland. The Ardboe Cross is also in Cookstown district and is a National Monument.

Two other places of interest in the area are Springhill Manor (a 17th century plantation house in Moneymore), and Wellbrook Beetling Mill (below x2) which is a remnant of the once strong linen industry.

The Ballinderry River in the Parish of Derryloran (northwestern Cookstown) is a good location for Trout fishing. Cookstown is located in the heartland of Northern Ireland, with ready access to all other parts of the region.


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