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County Tyrone

Tyrone is a rural county between County Londonderry and Fermanagh, spreading from the border to Lough Neagh. The Sperrins take up much of the north of Tyrone. The Sperrins are a range of quiet mountains and hills, shared with Londonderry. They rise to 2,240 feet at Sawel, which marks the county boundary and the highest point of both Tyrone and County Londonderry. The county town, Omagh, is a much underregarded town at the confluence of rivers. It has a quiet riverbank aspect. Dungannon, in the south of Tyrone, was once the capital of the Kingdom of Ulster, overlooked by a hill on which a series of castles sat for many centuries. It is now a small market town. Strabane is on the Rivers Mourne and Finn, where they meet and join to form the Foyle. It stands on the border too. Strabane grew as a linen centre and in the twentieth century industry was established, though that has not thrived.

County Facts

County Town:  Omagh

Main Towns: Ardboe, Altmore, Castlederg, Coalisland, Cookstown, Donaghmore, Dungannon, Fivemiletown, Pomeroy, Strabane.

Main Rivers: Foyle.

Highlights: Beaghmore stone circles; Knockmany chambered cairn; High Cross, Ardboe; Tullaghoge hill; Ulster American Folk Park,

Camphill; Ulster History Park.

Highest Point: Sawel, 2240 feet

Area: 1,260 sq miles

Flower: Bog-rosemary

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