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Untapped Mid Ulster

Untapped Mid Ulster Break

3 Night, 4 Day Bespoke Mid Ulster tour, In collaboration with Loughin Sholin Mid Ulster toursim cluster. This is a one of a kind experience not to be missed

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Loughin Sholin and Croga Tours Mid Ulster Tour

4 Day 3 Night Tour exploring the untapped Mid Ulster and all it has to offer


We have teamed up with Loughin Sholin in this exciting opportunity to bring the untapped Mid Ulster to you. Enjoy this all inclusive tour with this unique experience. Our aim is to make sure that even though this is a coach tour that our clients are spending as little time on the coach as possible. This ensures you are getting the most out of your days at each attraction. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on each night has been organised so you can enjoy your time as much as possible. Entry to all attractions and experiences are included in your price as well as your luxury coach travel, local guides to accompany on your tour throughout with extensive knowledge of the local area.



Group Activites and Attractions include:

  • Seamus Heaney HomePlace & Openground Experience

  • Emigrants emmersive experience and story telling with Dermot Friel and Cathy O'Neill

  • Beer Tasting with Suzanne Heaney from Heaney Farmhouse Brewery

  • Glenshane Country Farm sheepdog demonstration and Fireside lunch with Jamese McCloy

  • Seasonal Foraging with Bronagh Duffin

  • Riverbann Boat Tour

  • Lough Neagh Fishery Tour


Day One

Arrival into Northern Ireland OR Southern Ireland from your desired collection point and Luxury Coach Travel to your first attraction.

Seamus Heaney Openground
An authentic experience centred on five locations that inspired Seamus Heaney’s work. A natural extension of the HomePlace offering, influenced the rich legacy of his literature. In each location, interpretation panels tell visitors about the places they are visiting. Experienced guides add an extra rich layer of interaction with the places and landscape where visitors hear directly how each of the five locations held great significance for Seamus Heaney.

Group Lunch and Traditional Irish Music Session in the Taphouse Restaurant (Afternoon) Conveniently located beside the Seamus Heaney HomePlace, and exhibition centre nestled within the historic town of Bellaghy. Discover authentic Irish food with the backdrop of traditional Irish Music in your own private room.

Seamus Heaney HomePlace & Exhibition
Seamus Heaney is recognised as one of the major poets of the 20th Century and a native of Northern Ireland. This Exhibition will discover how his HomePlace in Bellaghy shaped his life and was a source of inspiration throughout his career. Seamus Heaney HomePlace takes you on an inspiring journey through the life and work of one of Irelands greatest writers. Recent winner of Tourism NI’s most innovative large business.

Check in Glenavon House Hotel, Cookstown, County Tyrone. Set in nine acres of Mature grounds this 3* offers first class comfort for all its guests.

Group Dinner at Friel’s Bar & Restaurant - Enjoy a group dinner on your first evening in this historic 5th generation family run bar & restaurant. Nestled in the picturesque village of Swatragh this bar has been in the family for over 100 years. This establishment has the original wooden ceiling and roaring fire. The perfect way to end your first day in the untapped Mid Ulster.


Day Two

The Emigrants Tale
Experience a walk in the footsteps of an Emigrant leaving famine-stricken Ireland. Local famine Expert Cathy will guide you up Carntogher Mountain where the famine struck emigrants walked their final footsteps on Irish Soil. You will place your own stone on the ‘Carn’ and soak up the stunning views of home that the emigrants took with when they last left Ireland.

Alternatively, if you would like to take it a little easier, you can immerse yourself in the history and atmosphere of Friels, a 5th generation traditional pub. Sitting fireside, you will hear the Emigrants Tale from local historian and pub owner, Dermot Friel. Dermot will give you an emotive, yet uplifting, insight into the Irish Famine on the site of the original famine soup kitchen. You will also hear local folklore of the characters who have shaped the bar in its 180 year history, including poet, traveller and adventurer Mick McAtamney and see his 100 year old hand carved walking stick.

Included in the Emigrants Tale is Lunch and Beer Tasting in Friels Bar and Restaurant. Meet local artisan beer brewer Suzanne Heaney from Heaney Farmhouse Brewery and enjoy a tasting and immersive experience, learning about all the Brewery has to offer.

Free time with your experienced tour guides

Glenavon House Hotel Dinner - Return to your hotel to enjoy a group dinner and relax after an immersive day exploring.


Day Three

Glenshane Country Farm
(Fleece To Fashion + Fireside Lunch At the foothills of the spectacular Sperrin mountains meet fourth generation sheep farmer Jamese McCloy as he demonstrates the centuries old skill of herding sheep. Finish the demonstration and experience with a fire side lunch which includes - Beautiful homemade soup with freshly made sandwiches, freshly baked wheaten bread. Tea/Coffee and homemade biscuits.

Seasonal Foraging and bread making with Bronagh Duffin from Bakehouse NI - Enjoy an afternoon of seasonal foraging and bread breaking with Bronagh from Bakehouse NI. Bronagh forages for wild garlic, sloe’s for gin, elderflower – Dependent on the season and the time of the year. Finish the foraging with freshly made soda bread, made by Bronagh herself.

Walsh’s Hotel Maghera Group Dinner - Group evening dinner in Walsh’s Hotel Maghera. Walsh’s is a traditional countryside Hotel conveniently located between Belfast and Derry/Londonderry.


Day Four

The Final Day of the Tour & Departure

Riverbann Morning Boat Tour
Set sail on your last morning with us on Riverbann tours. This tour begins in Portglenoe and finishes in Toome on the corner of Lough Neagh. Enjoy tea, coffee and tray bakes and set sail on this one-of-a-kind excursion.

Lough Neagh Fishery Lough Neagh
Home to one of the largest wild Eel fisheries in Europe. This visitor centre provides an informative insight into the fishery industry on the Lough and the species found there.

Ardtara House Afternoon Tea For your final part of the tour enjoy a bespoke Afternoon Tea in the amazing grounds that is Artara House. This house dates back to 1896 and is an important part of Irish history. Enjoy your last meal as a group before your departure.


AL=All Inclusive



Glenavon House Hotel (set Dinner menu)

52 Drum Rd, Cookstown BT80 8QS


The Glenavon Hotel Cookstown is a charming and inviting hotel located in the heart of County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. This four-star hotel offers guests comfortable and spacious rooms, all featuring modern amenities such as flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and tea/coffee making facilities.

The hotel boasts an impressive range of facilities, including a leisure center with a swimming pool, sauna, steam room, and gym. Guests can also enjoy a relaxing treatment at the hotel's spa, offering a range of massages and beauty treatments.

The hotel's restaurant, Cellar Grill, offers a tempting selection of dishes made from locally sourced ingredients, while the stylish and contemporary Elliot's Bar is the perfect place to enjoy a drink with friends or colleagues.

The Glenavon Hotel Cookstown is an ideal base for exploring the surrounding area, with popular attractions such as the Sperrin Mountains, Lough Neagh, and the Ulster American Folk Park all within easy reach. With its warm and welcoming atmosphere, excellent facilities, and convenient location, the Glenavon Hotel Cookstown is the perfect choice for both leisure and business travelers.


All meals are included in this tour, with breakfast served in the Hotel each morning.


Please see a list below of restaurants we will be attending for dinner, lunch and afternoon tea:


Taphouse Bar & Restaurant

35 Main St, Bellaghy, Magherafelt BT45 8HT


The Taphouse Bar Bellaghy is a popular and vibrant bar located in the heart of Bellaghy village in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. With its welcoming and relaxed atmosphere, this traditional Irish pub is the perfect place to enjoy a drink or catch up with friends.

The Taphouse Bar boasts an impressive selection of beers, wines, and spirits, as well as a range of locally brewed craft beers and ciders. In addition, the bar offers a tempting selection of delicious pub food, including burgers, sandwiches, and traditional Irish dishes made from locally sourced ingredients.

With regular live music events, sports screenings, and quiz nights, there's always something going on at the Taphouse Bar Bellaghy. The bar also features a cozy outdoor seating area, perfect for enjoying a drink in the sunshine.

Whether you're looking for a lively night out with friends or a relaxing drink after work, the Taphouse Bar Bellaghy has something for everyone. So why not stop by and experience the warm hospitality and friendly atmosphere that this popular bar is known for.


Friels Bar and Resturaunt

2-4 Kilrea Rd, Swatragh, Maghera BT46 5QF


Friel's Bar & Restaurant is a cozy and welcoming establishment located in the heart of Swatragh, Northern Ireland. This family-owned business has been operating for decades and is a beloved local institution, offering a warm and friendly atmosphere for locals and visitors alike.

Friel's Bar & Restaurant is renowned for its hearty and delicious food, featuring locally sourced ingredients and homemade dishes that showcase the best of Irish cuisine. The menu includes classic pub fare such as steak and ale pie, fish and chips, and traditional Irish stews, as well as vegetarian and gluten-free options.

The bar area at Friel's is a popular spot for locals to relax and unwind, with a wide selection of beers, wines, and spirits, as well as live music and entertainment on selected nights. The staff are known for their warm hospitality and friendly service, making Friel's a favorite gathering place for the community.

Friel's Bar & Restaurant is located in the heart of Swatragh, a charming village surrounded by rolling green hills and picturesque countryside. It is an ideal destination for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and experience the warmth and hospitality of rural Ireland.

Overall, Friel's Bar & Restaurant is a must-visit for anyone looking for delicious food, great drinks, and a welcoming atmosphere in Swatragh.


Glenavon House Hotel (set Dinner menu)

52 Drum Rd, Cookstown BT80 8QS


Walsh's Hotel Maghera

53 Main St, Maghera BT46 5AA


Walsh's Hotel Maghera is a charming and historic hotel located in the heart of Maghera town in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Dating back to the 1800s, this family-run hotel has been a beloved part of the local community for generations.

The hotel features comfortable and spacious rooms, each individually decorated with a unique charm and character. All rooms come equipped with modern amenities such as flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and tea/coffee making facilities.

Walsh's Hotel is also home to a popular restaurant, serving up delicious locally sourced dishes made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. The hotel's bar is a welcoming and cozy spot to relax and enjoy a pint of Guinness or a glass of wine.

With its convenient location, Walsh's Hotel Maghera is the perfect base for exploring the surrounding area. Guests can take a short drive to explore the stunning landscapes of the Sperrin Mountains or visit nearby historical sites such as the Beaghmore Stone Circles.

With its warm and welcoming atmosphere, excellent facilities, and rich history, Walsh's Hotel Maghera is a beloved institution in the local community and a popular choice for visitors to Northern Ireland.


Ardtara Country House (Afternoon Tea)

8 Gorteade Rd, Upperlands, Maghera BT46 5SA


Ardtara House is a luxurious and elegant country house hotel located in the charming village of Upperlands in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Set amid beautifully manicured gardens and surrounded by rolling hills, this stunning Victorian mansion offers guests a truly peaceful and idyllic retreat.

The hotel boasts 10 individually designed and beautifully appointed rooms, each featuring antique furnishings, luxurious bedding, and modern amenities such as flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Some rooms also offer stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

Ardtara House is home to a highly regarded restaurant, where guests can enjoy an unforgettable dining experience featuring locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. The hotel's cozy bar and lounge area is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a drink in front of a roaring fire.

The hotel's beautiful gardens and nearby walking trails offer plenty of opportunities to explore the stunning landscapes of County Londonderry. And with the famous Giant's Causeway and the vibrant city of Belfast just a short drive away, Ardtara House is an ideal base for exploring Northern Ireland's many attractions.

With its stunning surroundings, luxurious accommodations, and impeccable service, Ardtara House Upperlands is a truly special destination for anyone seeking a tranquil and memorable getaway.


Please see below a list of attractions we will be attending during the tour:


Seamus Heaney HomePlace

45 Main St, Bellaghy, Magherafelt BT45 8HT


Seamus Heaney HomePlace is a unique and immersive cultural center located in Bellaghy, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Dedicated to the life and work of the late Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney, this state-of-the-art facility offers visitors a chance to explore Heaney's life and legacy through a range of interactive exhibits, events, and performances.

The center features a museum space that showcases Heaney's personal belongings, manuscripts, and other artifacts that offer insight into his life and creative process. Visitors can also explore a range of interactive exhibits that explore the themes and inspirations behind Heaney's poetry.

In addition to the museum, Seamus Heaney HomePlace features a state-of-the-art theater that hosts a range of performances, readings, and screenings that celebrate Heaney's work and the wider arts community of Northern Ireland. The center also offers educational programs for all ages, including workshops and events that encourage visitors to engage with poetry and creative writing.

Located in the heart of the village of Bellaghy, Seamus Heaney HomePlace is surrounded by the stunning landscapes and natural beauty that inspired much of Heaney's poetry. With its rich cultural heritage and dynamic programming, the center is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in exploring the life and work of one of Ireland's greatest poets.

Overall, Seamus Heaney HomePlace is a unique and inspiring cultural center that celebrates the life and legacy of Seamus Heaney, while also offering visitors a chance to engage with the wider arts community of Northern Ireland.


Glenshane Country Farm

5 Lisnamuck Hill, Maghera BT46 5LB


Glenshane Country Farm is a family-owned working farm located in the scenic Sperrin Mountains in County Derry, Northern Ireland. Surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and beautiful countryside, this charming farm offers visitors a chance to experience the beauty and tranquility of rural life in Northern Ireland.

The farm offers a range of activities and experiences for visitors of all ages. Guests can take a leisurely stroll around the farm's picturesque grounds and enjoy the fresh air and stunning scenery. Animal lovers can get up close and personal with the farm's friendly animals, including cows, pigs, sheep, and chickens.

For those looking to learn more about farm life, Glenshane Country Farm offers guided tours that provide a fascinating insight into the day-to-day workings of a working farm. Visitors can learn about sustainable farming practices, the importance of animal welfare, and the history and traditions of rural life in Northern Ireland.

The farm's cozy café serves up delicious homemade treats, made with fresh ingredients straight from the farm. Visitors can also browse the farm's gift shop, which offers a range of locally made crafts and souvenirs.

With its warm hospitality, stunning scenery, and engaging activities, Glenshane Country Farm is the perfect destination for anyone looking to experience the beauty and charm of rural Northern Ireland.


Bakehouse NI

4a Scribe Rd, Bellaghy, Magherafelt BT45 8JN


Bakehouse NI is a family-owned bakery and café located in the heart of Magherafelt, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. With a focus on fresh, locally sourced ingredients and traditional baking techniques, Bakehouse NI is a popular destination for foodies and coffee lovers alike.

The bakery specializes in handmade breads, cakes, pastries, and other baked goods, all made with the highest quality ingredients and baked fresh daily. From artisan sourdough loaves to decadent chocolate cakes, there's something for every taste and occasion at Bakehouse NI.

In addition to its delicious baked goods, the café serves up a range of coffee, tea, and other beverages, as well as a selection of light meals and snacks. The warm and welcoming atmosphere of the café, along with its friendly staff, make it the perfect place to relax and catch up with friends over a cup of coffee and a slice of cake.

Bakehouse NI also offers a range of catering services for events and special occasions, including custom cakes and baked goods made to order.

With its commitment to quality, freshness, and tradition, Bakehouse NI has become a beloved institution in the local community and beyond. Whether you're looking for a delicious breakfast, a mid-day snack, or a special treat for a celebration, Bakehouse NI has something for everyone.


River Bann Tours

Portglenone Marina, Bannview Terrace, Portglenone BT44 8HT

River Bann Tours offer a unique and unforgettable experience to explore one of Northern Ireland's most beautiful and historic waterways. From the comfort of a guided boat tour, you'll have the chance to see the stunning scenery of the River Bann up close, including breathtaking views of lush green countryside and charming towns and villages along the riverbanks. As you cruise along the river, your knowledgeable guide will provide fascinating insights into the history and culture of the area, including stories of the Vikings and Normans who once sailed these waters. Whether you're a nature lover, history buff, or simply looking for a relaxing way to spend a day, a River Bann Tour is not to be missed.


Lough Neagh Fishery

4 Bannside, Toomebridge, Antrim BT41 3SB



Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address
Belfast City Airport George Best Belfast City Airport
Belfast Int Airport Belfast International Airport
Dublin Airport Dublin Airport
Dublin City Centre Dublin Central Location
Glengall Street, Belfast Glengall Street, Belfast
J&K Yard J&K Yard - Moneymore
Stena Belfast Stena Line Passenger Terminal Belfast

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