Sightseeing on Dry days
TAKE 2 TOURS
Take 2 Tours can take you back in time with their living history presentations and offer you an entertaining interactive interpretation of the local history in the area. These tours can be tailored to the interests and needs of our guests. They can include interpretations of what life was like living in a “forth” one thousand years ago or how Harry Ferguson developed his famous Four Wheel Drive System for Jensen Sportscarsor maybe even an understanding of how Wills Hill of Hillsborough might have been part of the reason why the United States of America was formed. We can even provide you with interesting packs to help you self guide and find the local tourist gems in the area. Alternatively you might want to experience the natural environment and history of the area by a boat trip. We can offer interesting tours to meet your specific interests.
Harry Ferguson Memorial Garden
(2 miles from Clintagh Cottages)
The memorial garden is set opposite the Ferguson Homestead and exhibits a life size bronze statue of Harry. Ther are story boards throughout the garden tracking Harry’s life and inventions.
Hillsborough is one of the area’s famous showpiece villages. A glorious example of Georgian architecture, the village is an explosion of colour during the spring and summer months featuring in ‘Ulster in Bloom’ and ‘Best Kept Village’ awards. Explore its many speciality shops before sampling the food at one of the village’s award-winning pub restaurants. The village also plays host to the International Oyster Festival each September.
Hillsborough Castle, built in the 1770s, is home to the Secretary of State and is where Royal garden parties are regularly staged. Across from the Castle, Hillsborough Fort provides a fabulous centrepiece for the Forest.
NATIONAL TRUST – ROWALLEAN GARDENS
(10 miles from Clintagh Cottages)
This unique garden has grown from the 19th-century beginnings of the Reverend John Moore and his nephew Hugh Armytage Moore. Their vision created a place where you can leave the world behind and immerse yourself in nature’s beauty
CASTLEWELLAN FOREST PARK
(14 miles from Clintagh Cottages)
Castlewellan Forest Park has an excellent series of trails for walking, cycling and horseriding. The Forest Park’s latest attraction, the Peace Maze, is the world’s largest permanent hedge maze representing the path to a peaceful future for Northern Ireland. Planted in 2000 with community involvement, it is maturing quickly and visitors attempt to solve their way to the peace bell in the centre of the maze.
Murlough National Nature Reserve and Newcastle
(17 miles from Clintagh Cottages)
Situated near the seaside town of Newcastle, Murlough beach is situated between the Irish Sea and the Mourne Mountains. Just 25 minutes from Clintagh Cottages it provides an opportunity for children to play on the beach and families to enjoy the many walks.