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