Adrenaline junkies seeking their next fix of extreme adventure should hurl themselves into Todds Leap, the current title holder of ‘Best Visitor Attraction in Northern Ireland’.
One of the largest outdoor activity centres on the island of Ireland, Todds Leap is set in 100 muddy acres of County Tyrone, and offers visitors the chance to become action heroes for the day.
Free falling from nine metres into a giant air bag, driving blindfold or highflying on a zipline suspended 30 metres above the dramatic Ballygawley Hills, are just some of the adrenaline-pumping activities on offer.
For those keen to unleash their competitive spirit there is the opportunity to take part in group activities such as paintballing and body zorbing, (playing games while the upper body is encased in an inflatable plastic ball so that you can literally throw yourself into the action).
Less energetic folk can still join in the fun with skill-based activities such as clay pigeon shooting and archery, while childhood dreams can be recaptured in the chance to drive a JCB earth mover, have a go on a giant swing or ride a rodeo bull.
“The Todds Leap mission is to provide the ultimate outdoor entertainment and to deliver exhilarating, fun and safe experiences to every customer, every time,” says owner Benedict O Hanlon.
The centre’s purpose-built outdoor facilities are complemented by a licensed restaurant, catering facilities, log cabin accommodation and a conference centre.
Todds Leap has joined forces with the neighbouring Lavender Health Spa to launch what is thought to be Northern Ireland’s first “Adventure Spa”.
It also offers ‘adventure spa’ packages in tandem with neighbouring Lavender Health Spa, ideal for people who want to combine the adventure of the great outdoors with the finer things in life.
Todds Leap is set near the village of Ballygawley, a popular haunt for hill walkers. To the east is Lough Neagh, the largest lake in Ireland, which offers a range of water activities, while to the west lie the famous Fermanagh Lakes.
Among County Tyrone’s other top visitor attractions are the Ulster American Folk Park in the county’s capital Omagh, and the Beaghmore Stones, an important archaeological Bronze Age monument featuring seven stone circles.