Out & About
Baronscourt is the perfect place to stay and use as a base to explore the Sperrins and the rest of Northern Ireland.
“Spring is golden in the Sperrins. The windswept hills are vivid with the yellow bloom of gorse. With its sparse highlands and lush river valleys, the Sperrins have a special charm, especially for walkers. There’s no end of beautiful places to camp, or hang up your rucksack in the Gortin Village hostel and relax in the congenial main street pubs.
For a region so sparsely populated, its amazing how many people you’ll meet. From June onwards, hillwalking festivals are a big draw. And anglers have long appreciated the glories of the Foyle system.
The Sperrins even attracts gold prospectors panning around Sawel, archaeologists and, 20,000 feet into the sky, gliders. The Ulster Gliding Club takes full advantage of the swirling air currents above Magilligan Point. Seven miles of golden strand stretches from this Point, attracting anglers fishing for bass, and early morning equestrians galloping across the surf.
Ulster American Folk Park:
An outdoor museum which tells the story of emigration from Ulster to America in
the 18th and 19th centuries. Located near Omagh, Northern Ireland. Complete your Northwest experience with a trip to the Ulster American Folk Park and trace the story of Northern Ireland’s emigration across the Atlantic. http://folkpark.com
For further information on the area visit www.sperrinstourism.com
Northern Ireland Tourist Board website www.discovernorthernireland.com and
Strabane District Council site www.strabanedc.com
Slightly further afield…
The walled City of Derry is worth a exploration, this 17th-century enclosure has 7 gates and 24 restored cannons. This is the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland and one of the finest examples of Walled Cities in Europe. The Walls were built during the period 1613-1618 by the honourable, the Irish Society as defences for early seventeenth century settlers from England and Scotland. A vibrant food scene has emerged in the city with some great places to try, recommended are Browns in Town, Walled City Brewery, Browns Bond Hill.
In County Fermanagh, about one hours drive, there are a collection of wonderful National Trust properties to visit, such as Castle Coole, Florence Court, Crom Estate. Enniskillen is worth a wander around, for further information on the county http://www.fermanaghlakelands.com
A trip to the Giants Causeway is a must, here you will find a brilliant interpretation centre prior to a walk down to see these amazing rocks…
In County Donegal for those in search of adventure try your hand at surfing. Bundoran in Donegal, about 1.10hrs from Baronscourt is rightly known at Ireland’s surf capital. Surf lessons are offered all year round at the Bundoran Surf Company, https://bundoransurfco.com – wet suits are provided!
Good quality see fishing can be experienced in Rathmullan, http://www.rathmullancharters.com – highly recommended.