Places to See | Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland.
Peatlands Park, close to the southern shores of Lough Neagh, was the first of its type in the British Isles and was specifically established to promote and facilitate peatland awareness and issues. It is a unique family attraction in Northern Ireland and high on the list of places to visit in Co Tyrone.
The peat here has been forming for about 10,000 years.
Amongst the attractions in the Park are a miniature railway and an outdoor turbary site where visitors can get the feel (and the smell!) of cutting turf. The Park is rich in insects, particularly butterflies, moths, dragonflies and damselflies. Many woodland and wetland birds and several species of waterfowl nest here. The park has two natural reserves which pre-date the park itself, Annagarriff and Mulenakill, both established in 1980.
Watch out for the annual NI Bog Snorkling Championships in July – a family fun day with the chance to try your hand at a unique sport which involves competitors completing two consecutive lengths of a 60 yard (55m) bog drain in the shortest time possible. If you are over 12, could face swimming through mud, slime and mucky water, why not give it a go!
Address: Peatlands Park, 33 Derryhubbert Road, Dungannon, Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland