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Baronscourt Cottages are centrally located for fishing The Foyle system, Europe's premier angling experience. The Foyle System covers an area of approximately 3,670 square kilometres and provides sport for a broad range of anglers. From the wild brown trout angler after a spot of dry fly fishing on some of the smaller rivers feeding the Foyle system, to sea trout anglers that can get cracking sport out of good runs of sea trout from mid July onwards on most of the Foyle rivers. Salmon anglers on the Foyle system enjoy healthy runs of larger salmon moving into the system from August onwards, and over recent years salmon of 20lb+ have been landed.
The infamous Mourne, Derg, and Strule rivers are all within a ten minute drive from the cottages. There is something to suit all abilities and budgets from private to club waters.
There are also opportunity to fish for wild brown trout in two nearby loughs. Lough Bradan is an upland lake situated in the scenic Lough Bradan Forest. The lake is well stocked with brown trout. Lough Lee is located in a wild and beautiful setting among the mountains of west tyrone. It is a limestone lake with good stocks of native trout. This lough is operated as a wild fishery.
The north west of Ireland has been described as a golfing oasis with a surberb range of golf courses. From mighty links like Royal Portrush, Caslerock, Ballyliffen and Murvagh to the scenic parkland courses such as Newtown-stewart, Enniskillen and Castle Hume, Co. Fermanagh.
Where better to start than on your doorstep, Newtownstewart. Newtownstewart Golf Course is an 18-hole course situated on Baronscourt Estate and is laid out in an attractive parkland setting. The Course is a Par 70 and is 5,341 metres long. It is widely recognised as being one of the best inland courses in Northern Ireland. The Club was established in 1914 and the Club House is a popular venue, welcoming groups and individual visitors alike, the emphasis being on friendliness rather than formality. The golf shop has a wide range of branded merchandise and is open seven days per week. There are extensive practice facilities and trolley, club and motorised buggy hire also available throughout the week. The clubhouse offers the usual range of services - bar, television, snooker and catering by arrangement.
Other golf courses in the local area include Omagh, Strabane and Hill Valley near Sion Mills.
Within an hours drive you also have the choice of beautiful courses such as, Murvagh along the Donegal coast, Castle Hume and Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh. Another half hours drive your choice grows to Ballyliffin, located in the Inishowen Peninsula, Co. Donegal and of course Royal Portrush among others.
» Barrontop Open Farm
Situated in the picturesque green hills of Donemana, Barrontop Fun Farm is the perfect day out for all ages. With a large range of animals (including some more exotic animals), an adventure playground, an indoor heated soft play area, a bouncy castle and cart rides, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Tearoom and picnic tables also on site.
» Mr Tumbles Fun House, Omagh.
Mr Tumbles is a bright, spacious and safe environment for children at play. The area has spiral slides, twin-lane wavy board, ball volcano, baby & toddler areas and much much more. Long Sleeves must be worn at all times It also has a full cafeteria, coffee shop, ice-cream and slush puppie's available on site.
» Play Park at The Grange, Omagh
This is located within the grounds of Omagh District Council Offices, just down the road from Mr Tumbles. With slides, swings and zip line there is plenty to keep kids entertained in the outdoor facility.
» Omagh Leisure Complex
Omagh Leisure Complex is amongst the most modern leisure facilities in the U.K. having almost doubled in size from opening in 1982.
Set in 26 acres of landscaped grounds the complex caters for everyone from the casual swimmer to the serious athlete.
Within the complex Dr Gurgley's House of Fun is an indoor adventure playground suitable for all children aged up to 10 years.
» Gortin Glen Forest Park
Visit the Park and see the local wildlife up close. There is a resident herd of sika deer within a large enclosed pen. These are still wild animals but they are now used to visitors and particularly popular and busy at Christmas time! There are a variety of ducks within an enclosure with a duck pond. Gortin Glen is a popular choice for barbeque's and picnics throughout the summer. You can also enjoy the waymarked walking trails.
» Bessy Bell Husky Trekkers
Husky trekking is an adventurous way to view the fantastic countryside views of Tyrone. Bessy Bell Husky Trekkers are based on Baronscourt Estate and use the extensive network of forest trails on Bessy Bell mountain to offer a range of husky trekking options. These include husky trekking with one or two huskies, husky trekking on foot and kick dirt scooting, as demonstrated by Gary Lineker and Danielle Bux on the BBC's Northern Exposure programme.
Cycling / Mountain biking
Baronscourt Cottages are surrounded by great opportunities for cycling of all types. For mountain bikers, 12 miles away, Gortin Glen Forest Park offers 3 purpose built mountain bike trails. They are graded from moderate to experienced to off-road which is for experienced cyclists only.
For those looking for a less hectic cycle The National Cycle Network passes Baronscourt Cottages. These are part of the wider series of trails. Suggested day rides include Newtownstewart to Pettigo a thirty mile cycle along Route 95 or a twenty mile return cycle from Newtownstewart to Strabane on Route 92. Other options include the Foyle Valley Cycle Route and The Sperrins Sprint a 47 mile circular route.
Finally Castle Archdale Country Park has recently opened a family cycling trail that travels through Castle Archdale Country Park and also on the shores of Lough Erne. Is it suitable for cyclists with basic off road riding skills, the trail can either be started at the Country Park at the Marina or from the Old Castle Archdale. Other attractions at the forest include a red deer enclosure, wildfowl ponds, nature trail, butterfly garden and a wildflower meadow.
The local natural environment ensures Baronscourt Cottages are well situated for canoeing. The local rivers provide a variety of waters for all abilities.
The Strule is a pleasant touring river with small weirs and shingle rapids. A new weir in Omagh town should be approached with extreme caution as it is closed at either end. Grade: I & II.
The Derg is a very scenic river with excellent white water. Grade: II & III.
The Mourne is probably the best White water river in N. Ireland in terms of water volume and natural rapids. Upstream of Newtownstewart is fairly flat but can flow quite quickly. From the Fisheries to Sion Mills there is excellent white water with waves, rapids and play holes at grade 2 3. At Sion Mills there is a very large weir which can be extremely dangerous. Egress can easily be gained by keeping very close to the left bank.
The Glenelly is a narrow mountain river that can only be paddled after heavy rain. It is very continuous and trees are the main hazard on it. Grade: II & III.
The Owenkillew is an excellent grade 2 river with a grade 3 rapid at the gorge. There is a new weir just after the gorge, which although not large is very dangerous due to the anti-scour lip on it. It is recommended to portage this weir. Grade: II & (III).
With stables located just within 1 mile from Baronscourt Cottages, you can enjoy the views of the Baronscourt and surrounding areas from horseback. The qualified instructors and a selection of horses means all abilities can be catered for. Treking is along peaceful forest roads. With outstanding views of the Sperrins and Donegal mountains there is no better way to see the countryside. Prior booking is essential.
The Sperrins offers some of the best, unspoilt hill walking in Ireland. There is something to suit all tastes and abilities.
Forest walks around the nearby Gortin Glen Forest Park;
Walk sections of the Ulster Way which passes near to Baronscourt Cottages
Way marked short walks such as the Bessy Bell loop through forest and minor county roads.
Quality Approved walks such as The Robbers Table near Gortin. A 9 mile hill walk with superb views.
For those looking more challenging, remote hill walking the central Sperrins provide some off-track hill walking. Nearby Donegal also provide some spectacular walking. Recommended peaks include Mount Errigal, Muckish The Blue Stacks and Slieve League.
Experience Culture and Heritage
Two newly opened arts theatres are conveniently located to Baronscourt Cottages in the local towns of Omagh and Strabane. The Strule Arts Centre is located alongside the Strule River in Omagh, just 11 miles away. (http://www.struleartscentre.co.uk/). The Alley Theatre is also recently opened and is located in Strabane just 12 miles away. (http://www.alley-theatre.com/).
Other theatres within an hours drive away include the Millennium Forum in Londonderry / Derry (http://www.millenniumforum.co.uk/index.php) and the Ardowen Theatre, scenically located on the shores of Lough Erne in Enniskillen. (Ardowen Theatre, Enniskillen).
The following link to provides details of pubs and other venues to experience traditional music locally. (Traditional Irish Music Events).
If you want to discover more of the diverse cultural heritage Northern Ireland has to offer, Culture Northern Ireland is an online cultural atlas covering music, literature sport, heritage, dance, theatre, fashion and the visual arts throughout Northern Ireland. (http://www.culturenorthernireland.org).
If the outdoors have proved too much of a good thing, or you just want to relax and enjoy the surroundings of Baronscourt Cottages we can arrange some relaxation treatments. These include massage, reflexology and facial treatments.