Loughmacrory is a
small village in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. It is
situated eight miles east of Omagh on the shores of
Lough Macrory. It had a population of 237 in the 2001
Census, since then the population has been estimated to
be around 400. The village has houses, shops, a church
and a primary school grouped around a crossroads
location. Also located in the village is an old mill
from where its original name of "Milltown" came from.
The original mill stone has been cleverly incorporated
into the bus shelter at the crossroads and is an
impressive way to preserve the history of the village.
As well as having spectacular views, Loughmacrory is
also abundant in natural and man-made history. There are
ancient cairns and standing stones dotted around the
countryside. Also not to be missed are the fairy trees
and giant's grave.
Loughmacrory has a good example of a wedge tomb. It is
located 3km from An Creagan and is a burial chamber of
six people with a front chamber and doorway marked by 3
stones, with double walls made of large upright stones,
and a roof of flat stones called 'lintels'. It is known
as a Wedge Tomb because of its unusual shape and is
believed to have been constructed around 4000 years ago.
Loughmacrory has the seven sisters situated on the
Cookstown line. These are small loughs situated close
together. Loughmacrory is situated in the Omagh District
'The Lough', as it is referred to locally, is one of
Tyrone's hidden gems. If you enjoy a walk in fresh
countryside air, then you should come to Loughmacrory,
and walk around the lough shore. The 1.3 mile gravel
hiking path around the lough is a popular destination
for walkers from throughout the county.
At the end of the tarred laneway walkers can either walk
straight ahead or turn left. The path follows the
shoreline of the lough and whichever direction you
choose you will arrive back at this starting point. The
walk is a gravel path which follows the shoreline of the
lough. There are a few gentle inclines along the way.
Five kissing gates, which are wheelchair and buggy
accessible prevent bikes and quads from using the walk.
There is only one path which follows the shoreline of
the lough, so you'll not get lost.
Toilet facilities are provided to the left of the
starting point close to the community building.
Walking around the shore of Loughmacrory Lough is a
refreshing and relaxing way to unwind. Enjoy the flora
and fauna of this beautiful, unspoilt freshwater
environment and enjoy the changing views of the lough
from around its shoreline. You might be lucky enough to
glimpse the electric blue flash of a kingfisher or see
the swans and wild geese that visit. The wild duck also
hatch and rear their young at the north side of the
Grid reference for the start and finish of the
Loughmacrory Lough walk: H573759.
The lough is a haven for wildlife, and one can expect to
see wild trout rising in the waters, while a host of
insects, and birds are active during the warmer months.
Newts, frogs, and all sorts of pond life can be found on
the marshy borders to the walking path. At night you can
spot bats, and moths.... there were 53 moths captured
and released over a weekend in May 2010 at the Lough - 6
different types of moth: Hebrew Character, Early Thorn,
Glaucous Shears, Water Carpet, Clouded Drab, and Early
Toothed Stripe.The Glaucous Shears and Early Toothed
Stripe are scarce. The rest are widespread. These are
new records for this area as recording has never taken
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