Situated at the confluence of the Rivers Camowen and Drumragh, which join to form the River Strule, Omagh (An Óghmagh) is a busy market town with a handful of historic Georgian buildings. A new district is emerging in the centre along the banks of the river. The focus is a £4.3 million pedestrian bridge with a controversial cutting-edge design that opened in 2015.
Dungannon is a pleasant enough market town halfway between Cookstown and Armagh, worth a brief stop in passing if you want to do a spot of shopping. Killymaddy Tourist Information Centre (8776 7259; www.flavouroftyrone.com; 190 Ballygawley Rd; 9am-5pm Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm Sat & Sun) is at a caravan site 10km west of Dungannon on the A4 road towards Enniskillen.
The village of Gortin, about 15km north of Omagh, lies at the foot of Mullaghcarn (542m), the southernmost of the Sperrin summits (unfortunately capped by two prominent radio masts). Hundreds of hikers converge for a mass ascent of the hill on Cairn Sunday (the last Sunday in July), a revival of an ancient pilgrimage.
About halfway along the A505 between Omagh and Cookstown (20km east of Omagh) is An Creagán Visitor Centre, with an exhibition covering the ecology of the surrounding bogs and the archaeology of the region. Informative nature trails start near the visitors centre. There are 44 prehistoric monuments within 8km of the centre, including the Beaghmore Stone Circles.
Cookstown boasts the longest (2km) and widest (40m) street in Ireland, the legacy of an over-ambitious 18th-century town planner, but apart from that there’s not much to see in town. The main sights here are in the surrounding countryside. The tourist information centre (8676 9949; www.cookstown.gov.