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The Sperrins in a Day

Exploring the Enchanting Landscapes and Rich History of the Sperrins

 

Discover a captivating journey through the picturesque Sperrin Mountains, packed with literary inspiration, historical gems, and natural wonders.

 

  1. Seamus Heaney Homeplace: Unraveling the Poet’s Legacy

Begin your adventure at Bellaghy, the birthplace of Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney. Immerse yourself in the world of this acclaimed poet at the Seamus Heaney Homeplace. Interactive displays and artistic showcases pay homage to his life and influential work, leaving visitors inspired and enlightened.

 

  1. Lough Beg and Church Island: Embracing Serenity

A short distance away lies the scenic Lough Beg, where Heaney found solace and inspiration. Meander across marshland boardwalks to immerse yourself in the area’s serene beauty and abundant wildlife. Church Island, with its ancient ruins, adds a touch of mystique to the experience.

 

  1. Springhill House: A Glimpse into the Past

Step back in time at Springhill House, a National Trust property steeped in history. This former plantation country home invites exploration with its charming woodland trails and active farm. Wander the grounds and delve into the rich heritage of this beautiful estate.

 

  1. Glenshane Country Farm: Embracing Farming Traditions

Meet James McCloy, a fourth-generation sheep farmer, at Glenshane Country Farm. Watch awe-inspiring sheepdog demonstrations and gain insight into the modern-day farming life. Experience the close bond between the land and its caretakers, a vital aspect of the region’s heritage.

 

  1. Beaghmore Stone Circles: A Journey through Time

Ascend to the plateau and encounter the enigmatic Beaghmore Stone Circles and cairns, remnants of the Bronze Age. These ancient structures align with the night skies, offering a glimpse into the beliefs and practices of our ancestors.

 

  1. Om Dark Sky Park: Gazing at the Celestial Splendor

Indulge in stargazing at Om, one of only 78 places worldwide designated as a Dark Sky Park. This celestial wonderland provides an awe-inspiring view of the night skies, an experience cherished by astronomy enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

 

  1. Drumnaph Wood and An Carn: Immersed in Natural Treasures

Return closer to Ardtara and venture into the enchanting Drumnaph Wood, an ancient forest nestled within the Sperrins. Traverse hill forts and explore wetlands, basking in the area’s natural allure. A short walk brings you to An Carn, an Irish cultural hub, where a charming coffee shop and gift shop offer authentic Irish arts and crafts.

 

From literary wonders to ancient sites, lush woodlands to celestial wonders, the Sperrins offer a captivating journey that leaves a lasting imprint on the heart and soul of every visitor. Relish the magic of this extraordinary day trip, cherishing the memories for years to come.

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