The Giants of the Sperrins
The Giants of the Sperrins Sculpture Trail is a hugely exciting and innovative tourism project created to showcase the epic stories associated with the Sperrins, the inspirational nature of the landscape and the giant spirit of its people. The trail consists of three distinct, innovative, and unique yet linked artworks by the internationally renowned artist Thomas Dambo.
Installed at three different locations all within the Sperrins region The Giants of the Sperrins are born from the geology, archaeology and heritage of the Sperrins. They evoke the mystical, and celebrate the ancient, intriguing and atmospheric natural beauty and history of the region. They embody past, present and future and speak specifically of their location:
- Nowanois, the Seanchaí or storyteller recalls times and generations gone by;
- Darach, the Guardian watches over the present;
- Ceoldán The Stargazer looks to the future, and the unknown.
They call us to explore the story of the many generations that have helped shaped this magical landscape and to appreciate their rich and enduring culture; they call us into the landscape – to notice, reflect, embrace and cherish this place…the Sperrins.
Darach Location: Summit of Mullaghcarn Mountain. Access is on foot from the Walking Trail Head at Gortin Glen Forest Park via the Mullaghcarn Walking Trail (follow purple arrows – Trail Head located between the main car park and the amenity building). This linear trail (total of 7.4km return) meanders upwards through the forest park to the summit on gravel path/tarmac. Toilets and cafe are available onsite. On entry to the forest park, please follow signs for the main car park.
Ceoldán Location: Situated at the OM Dark Sky Park and Observatory, Davagh Forest, 155 Davagh Road, Omagh BT79 8JQ. Parking, toilets and additional visitor services are available. Click on the link below for additional information including opening times:
OM Dark Sky Park and Observatory
Now Anois Location: 274 Glenelly Road, Omagh, BT79 8LS (Site of the former Sperrin Heritage Centre) Parking on site. Follow gravel path from car park. Note toilets are available in the nearby village of Cranagh.
Cookstown Visitor Information Centre
Tel: +44 (0)28 8676 9949
Sperrin Partnership Project
This project is funded under the Rural Tourism Scheme of the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, and the European Union and in partnership with Derry City and Strabane District Council, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, and Mid Ulster District Council.