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Lakeside glamping near Cookstown, County Tyrone

Cookstown is a central spot for outdoor exploration of Lough Neagh, the Sperrins, and Beaghmore Stone Circles.

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Lakeside glamping near Cookstown guide

The area around Cookstown is ideally located for exploring Lough Neagh, the largest lake in the British Isles, as well as the quiet Sperrin Mountains, where you can go cycling, walking, or mountain biking. Areas away from town are also great for dark-sky stargazing, while you can get a taste of culture at the nearby Seamus Heaney Homeplace or the Ulster American Folk Park. Check out Cookstown camping and glamping sites in peaceful country and forest settings.

Where to Go

Lough Neagh

This huge lake is a wildlife haven perfect for everything from peaceful strolls to outdoor adventures. On the water, you can take a boat cruise or sea safari to visit heritage sites, hear local legends, and see the sun setting over the Sperrins. Cycle the loughshore trail, which runs for 128 miles around the lake’s edge, or visit the Oxford Island Nature Reserve for birdwatching. Camping sites are set near the water for boating excursions.

Sperrin Mountains

The largest mountain range in Northern Ireland and a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Sperrins are prime for hiking, cycling, and scenic drives. Set up camp in the Gortin Glen Forest Park for forest walks or in Davagh Forest for stargazing.

Beaghmore Stone Circles

At the southeast corner of the Sperrin Mountains, north of Cookstown, this is a fascinating site with seven stone circles as well as Bronze Age cairns and ancient field walls discovered during turf cutting in the 1930s.

Ulster American Folk Park

Take a look into traditional 18th-century life and learn about local customs with recreated streets and farmhouses, plus live craft demonstrations. A replica of an emigrant ship in the Folk Park, where you can hear stories of emigration and the hardships involved.

When to Go

Weather in the Cookstown area is best in summer and warmest in July and August. This is also the time with the most camping crowds, so you’ll want to do some advance planning for your camping trip.

Know Before You Go

  • Weather can change at short notice so always be prepared for rain, wind and cooler temperatures—bring warm layers and waterproof outer layers for time on Lough Neagh.
  • Biting midges can be a nuisance around the lake and trees.
  • Campsites can get busy in summer, when advance bookings are recommended if not required. Dates of local festivals and around the week of 12 July are also busy.

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