Heritage Trails in the Sperrin Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Useful Information

Finding an Archaeological Object

Under Article 41 of the Historic Monuments and Archaeological Objects (NI) Order 1995, it is illegal to use a metal detector or deliberately dig for archaeological remains or artefacts at any of these scheduled monuments unless licensed by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. Occasionally archaeological objects and items of interest are discovered; however, by law these need to be reported to the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.


Maps covering the heritage trails in the Sperrins include sheet 7, 8 and 13 are Ordnance Survey Discoverer Series (1:50,000 scale) and Ordnance Survey Sperrins Activity Map (1:100,000 and 1:25,000 scales). 

Maps are available from the government agency, Land and Property Services online at mapshop.nidirect.gov.uk

They are also available to buy at tourist information centres and good bookshops.

Further Information

More information on the Sperrins Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty can be found on the website


Leave No Trace

Archaeological sites have been made accessible through the co-operation and kind permission of the landowners. Most of these sites are on land that is used for grazing sheep and cattle, so do not bring dogs (even on a lead).

Leave No TracePlease respect the fact that these sites are within a working landscape and subscribe to the principles of Leave No Trace:

  1. Plan ahead and prepare
  2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors

Go Prepared

Please note that visits to many of these sites and features will require an amount of walking across countryside with no formal paths. Suitable footwear and outdoor clothing for changeable weather conditions is recommended.

Some of the heritage trails are in locations without a public footpath; take care while walking on public roads. At various locations around the driving route there are some unofficial viewpoints and lay bys please respect that these are often on private land  should only be used as a temporary basis. No overnight parking or camping.


An up-to date accommodation guide is available from the local tourist information centre. It lists campsites, hostels, B&Bs, guesthouses and hotel accommodation near the trail.

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