Benburb Valley Park is situated on the River Blackwater near the pretty village of Benburb, in County Tyrone, close to the border with on the border between County Armagh. Set in a scenic gorge created by the Blackwater, the park offers wonderful countryside trails for walking and hiking. The entrance to the park is situated about 10km (7 miles) from the city of Armagh, and 10km ( 7 miles) from the town of Dungannon.
Walking trails begin at Priory -- a former manor house dating to the 1880s, which today houses a local religious order known as the Servites. Originally owned by the Bruce family, the building served as a hospital for British and American forces during the 2nd world war. Located near the entrance, various paths emanate from the Servite Priory and provide access through the Parklands.
Located in the grounds of the Priory, are the remains of Benburb Castle, constructed in 1611 by Sir Richard Wingfield. The castle is located on a high on a cliff, and makes for a dramatic photo. Some restoration has taken place.
Benburb Castle. Image: WalkNI