Glenelly self-catering Cottages are located on the slopes of the Glenelly Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the heart of the Sperrins.

This is a fishing and rambling utopia, with excellent opportunities for coarse fishing for Trout and Salmon (Foyle Fisheries Road Licences are needed). The area is also something of a ramblers paradise, with the Ulster Way crossing the valley, where you can experience complete freedom with only the sheep and birds as your companions.

For the less energetic, the scenic drive from Glenelly Valley to Gortin Glens offers magnificent views, where the variety of the landscape is breathtaking. The cottages are an ideal base from which to explore Northern Ireland, to discover the history of the land, or simply relax and get away from it all.

All of the cottages in Glenelly are less than an hour’s drive from the market towns of Omagh, Strabane, Magherafelt and the historic city of Derry. All of the the cottages are well equipped with washing machine and tumble dryers.

Glenelly Cottages are currently not available for holiday letting. If you are interested in booking a holiday cottage in Plumbridge,  please contact Norman McKernan, 73 Glenelly Road, Plumbridge, BT79 8BN on 07717720564 or 02881647918 after 18.00 hrs.

The historic richness of the Sperrins has been recognised by the National Geographic for 2012 when it named the Sperrins as one of two Irish locations in the Top 101 scenic drives. The National Geographic praises the route for its “wild beauty, ideal trails and dreamy villages”.

Of course, there are many permutations of routes through the Sperrins, but one that will give you a good idea of the grandeur and ancient history of the area begins in Plumbridge.  This picturesque mountain village astride the Glenelly River lies at the junction of five roads leading through the hills. 

The National Geographic route is made up of ancient mountain thoroughfares, and wanders past equally ancient Stone Age structures such as Balix Lower Court Grave.  Three miles north of Plumbridge, this Neolithic structure — high on a hillside overlooking Butterlope Glen — stands in a magnificent position, showing that our Neolithic forebears also enjoyed a rattling good view.

The remoteness of the Sperrins, of course, is part of their modern-day charm. The entire region has a sparse population of some 150,000 – and therein lies one reason for its tranquillity. On a long day’s march – or on a National Geographic drive — you’re unlikely to meet hiking or biking hordes.

The Sperrins, designated an Area of Outstanding Beauty, are threaded with mountainous valleys, streams, forests and shady glens, trails, tracks and quiet laneways. With its rich cultural heritage etched on the landscape, this is the perfect place to explore on foot.

This is a great place to stay if you like the outdoors! It is near to a lot of good places to visit and suited our family of 5 perfectly.
Weber Family, Germany
We really enjoyed our stay at Glenelly Cottages. Total relaxation in the quiet Sperrin Mountains, with loads of places to visit only a wee drive away. Highly Recommended!
Ryan Family

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