||'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 lough.
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 place before.
Come along and enjoy the scenery and wildlife - and don't forget your camera!! Have a look at our gallery for some inspiration....