Baronscourt Cottages are located in the heart of the northwest of ireland. Located in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland we are easily accessible to Counties Fermanagh, Derry and Antrim within Northern Ireland. With the Irish border just 10 miles away we are also conviently situated for visiting the Republic of Ireland including counties Donegal and Sligo.
Sperrins Foothills Area of Scenic Quality
The Baronscourt area is dominated by Bessy Bell mountain (420m), which forms the south western reach of the Sperrins mountain range in County Tyrone. It offers spectacular views of the surrounding rolling countryside and as far away as the Donegal mountains. Bessy Bell and the wider Baronscourt area are classified as part of the Sperrins Foothills Area of Scenic Quality. Bessy Bell is divided from the high summits of nearby Mullaghcarn (542m) and Slieveard (419m) by the scenic valley of the River Strule, which flows northwards from Omagh towards the Foyle.
Sperrin Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Mullaghcarn and Gortin fall in within the Sperrin Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). In the scenic heart of Northern Ireland the Sperrin AONB encompasses a largely mountainous area of great geological complexity. The scenic Glenelly Valley is just one feature of this landscape dating back millions of years, rich in historic and archaeological heritage and folklore.
The neighbouring Baronscourt Estate has been the family home of the Duke of Abercorn family since 1612 and is one of the last remaining old family estates in the British Isles. The Estate boasts a magnificent neo-classical mansion and ornate Italian style gardens. It is still managed as a working Estate with forestry and game management departments.
The Baronscourt area is famed for the multitude of wildlife. This includes a resident herd of sika deer which can be spotted in the woodlands and fields around Baronscourt. This is also one of the last areas with a population of our native red squirrel. Other wildlife resident include otters in the nearby lakes, rivers and streams, pine martins and buzzards. The golden eagles which have been reintroduced into Glenveagh, Co. Donegal have also been known to make occasional visits to the area.
Local Towns and Villages
Newtownstewart is beautifully positioned with two picturesque hills, Bessy Bell and Mary Gray, overlooking the town, and the River Strule meandering alongside the town. The area is dominated also by the local history with Newtownstewart Castle and Harry Avery O 'Neill's Castle in addition to Baronscourt Estate three miles to the south.
Three miles northwest lies the village of Ardstraw once the seat of an important bishopric as well as the ancient resting place of the local branch of the O'Neill Clan.
Newtownstewart has several small supermarkets, a bank and ATM, several pubs, a butchers, post office, library and a variety of take-aways (chinese, pizza, fish and chips).
Omagh is located 12 miles away. Around 17,280 people live in Omagh town and the town is now, with the exception of Derry/Londonderry, the second largest town in the west of Northern Ireland. It is the County town of Tyrone, having taken the title from Dungannon around 1768.
Located where the Camowen and Drumragh rivers come together to form the Strule, the town is said to owe its origins to an abbey founded in 792 AD. Following a long, and sometimes turbulent history, Omagh is now a recognised place of importance and influence as a major administrative and service centre for the region.
Omagh has a large selection of multi-national shops and supermarkets including ASDA, M&S, Homebase and Argos as well as Subway, McDonald's, and KFC.
Strabane (An Srath Bàn The Fair Holm) is the civic and economic heart of the district and is 11 miles away. Its principal streets contain many imposing buildings and business premises, combining familiar high street names with the intimacy of the family run business.
Immediate attractions and facilities include the ancestral home of President Woodrow Wilson located on the outskirts of the town, Gray Printers Museum and Gallery. Strabane also boasts a modern addition to the townscape, the magnificent sculpture Let The Dance Begin a striking celebration of the diversity of local heritage and culture.
While for the angling enthusiast there are the rich waters of the River Mourne, which winds its way through the town. Approximately four miles from Strabane, is the village of Clady which derives its name from the Gaelic claddagh meaning the muddy bank of the river. The village is among one of the oldest in the district and historically a bridging point across the River Finn.