- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Travel to Dungannon
Dungannon is an elegant hilltop market town in County Tyrone. It’s Irish name is Dun Cain meaning pleasant fort, and indeed it makes an attractive visit. A 1.5 mile heritage trail circling the centre of town highlights the imposing Georgian and Victorian architecture, the starting point being Market Square. If shopping is your thing head to the designer outlet village, The Linen Green, on the site of the old Moygashel Linen Mills on the outskirts of town. Be sure to stop at the Visitor’s Centre that documents the history of the Company and the important role it played in Irelands industrial heritage. The Company is still running, albeit from a smaller site. Also worth a tour is the Tyrone Crystal Factory and shop. Nearby attractions include the President US Grant Ancestral Homestead where ancestors of General Ulysses Simpson Grant, the 18th President of the United States raised their families. The homestead has been restored in the style of a mid 19th Century small-holding. Dungannon park is one of the largest municipal parks in Ireland with cycle and walking trails and trout fishing. Golfers can follow in the footsteps of local boy Darren Clarke at the impressive Dungannon Golf Club.