AUTUMN has arrived with a chill in the air, covering the streets and fields far and wide with a blanket of blazing gold and amber leaves.
It might be time to wrap up and turn the heating up a notch, but don’t hideaway indoors.
Instead, embrace Autumn with open arms and take a trip to the majestic Omagh and The Sperrins region.
In addition to picturesque views roaming as far as the eye can see, the region also offers an abundance of activities guaranteed to keep you from going into hibernation…
- Explore the wonders of the Gortin Glens
If you find yourself hunched over a computer from Monday to Friday and are in desperate need of some fresh air and exhilaration, then it’s time to dig out those walking boots. The gorgeous Gortin Glens are nestled six miles north of Omagh at the western gateway to the Sperrins’ rugged countryside, offering endless walks for all fitness levels. From gentle forest trails and pretty paths around the Gortin Lakes, to strenuous mountain hikes that boast spectacular views, you’ll be mesmerised by the region’s untouched nature. To experience the Sperrin mountains in the saddle, there are various mountain biking tours and also horse-riding treks, which can be booked prior to your visit.
- Get your culture fix
Omagh is often described as a cultural hub, celebrating the best in local talent and traditions. Home to theatre performances, comedy, music, dance and workshops galore, The Strule Arts Centre’s programme is jam packed over the autumn season and offers a range of events and productions taking place during the week, evenings and weekend. For those with a flair for creative writing, Omagh’s 17th Annual Literary Festival commences on Friday 12 October, offering guests a unique opportunity to meet with some of Northern Ireland’s most talented writers. For a deeper understanding of Ireland’s ancient cultural heritage, a visit to Dun Uladh Heritage Centre should be included on the itinerary. Experience traditional Irish folk music at its finest with Ireland’s leading Irish folk singers, Daiori Farrell, as part of an intimate concert on Saturday 27 October.
- Release your inner artist
The rugged beauty of the Sperrins mountains and Gortin lakes make this the perfect place to awake your inner artist. Embrace the great outdoors and capture the Sperrins’ landscape with the touch of a paintbrush, at An Creagán’s upcoming Plein Air Workshop on Saturday 20 October. Immerse yourself in the tranquil scenes and allow yourself to reconnect with nature, while inhaling the fresh, untouched air of the roaming countryside. The workshop is suitable for all experience levels and guests can choose their preferred medium to work with. Plus, you will create a treasured keepsake that will allow you to bring the majestic views home with you.
- Watch the sky come alive at Omagh’s annual firework display
Nothing marks the autumnal season like a show-stopping Fireworks Display. Renowned for putting on the ultimate spectacle in the sky, Omagh Town will come alive with zombies and creepy characters on Wednesday 31 October as part of its legendary Halloween celebrations. Bursting with mystery and magic, there will be lots of fun activities to keep the family amused, including song and dance, and local traders offering a range of delightful delicacies to keep you warm throughout the evening. The Fireworks Display will launch from Strule Arts Centre rooftop at 7:45pm.
- Soak up the hospitality of Omagh market town
After all that exploring, you’ll be more than ready to tuck into some mouth-watering food and drink, while soaking up Omagh Town’s charming hospitality. Foodie fanatics can indulge in the award-winning bistros and cafes, all of which take pride in offering the finest local produce to hungry explorers. To make your trip an overnight experience, choose from the fantastic choice of cosy B&Bs, self-catering cottages and three-star hotels available within the region.
To find out more about any of the activities and attractions listed, or to book a stay visit, www.exploreomaghsperrins.com or for any further enquiries, contact the Omagh Visitor Information Centre on 028 8224 7831.