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There can be few better ways of whiling away an afternoon than walking around the shore of Loughmacrory, a 24-hectare, freshwater lough nestling in the heart of the Sperrins.

The village of Loughmacrory lies 16 kilometres east of Omagh, along the A505. The lake of the same name is a short distance north of the village, off the Ballybrack Road.

At the end of a tarred lane, walkers can choose to go straight ahead or turn left. Either way, the pathway follows the lough’s shoreline and brings them back to their starting point.

This is an undemanding walk – two kilometres along a flat pathway. It can be an immensely pleasurable experience, though, seeing the changing views of the lough as you walk around it. There’s a strong likelihood of seeing swans, wild geese, or some of the ducks which rear their young at the lough’s north side. If you’re really lucky, you may catch a rare glimpse of a kingfisher.

The lake is hugely popular with anglers. There are native brown trout, stocked rainbow trout, pike and perch here.

Facilities are good and include carparking, a clubhouse for local anglers, fishing stands, shelters, picnic benches and toilets.

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