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Branny Ramble – Red Route

The Branny Ramble route begins at U.S. Grants Ancestral Homestead between Ballygawley & Aughnacloy. This walk is entirely on minor roads and winds through the countryside. The route passes Branny Hill Rath where there are spectacular views of counties Tyrone, Derry, Donegal, Antrim, Armagh, Monaghan, Down, Fermanagh & Letrim. The circular route finishes back at U.S. Grants Ancestral Homestead.




7 miles

OS Map

Sheet 19

Nearest Town

Ballygawley / Aughnacloy

Route Shape


Route Type



Mostly on quiet country roads

Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest

U.S. Grants Ancestral Homestead, Branny Rath viewpoint

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Other Area

Route Description

The Branny Ramble begins at U.S. Grants Ancestral Homestead and is clearly signed with waymarker posts with blue arrows on.

From the Homestead turn left and walk for 0.8 miles before turning left onto the Loughan Rd and left again after 1.8 miles onto the Doolargy Rd,

After another 1.2 miles turn left onto the Tirelurgan Rd. Continue for 0.9 miles before turning left onto the Castlebawn Rd.

Proceed for another 0.3 miles and turn left onto the Lenany Rd. Continue for another 0.3 miles then turn left.

After 1.1 miles you will come to Dergana Orange Hall where you turn right and continue for another 0.4 miles.

This will take you back to the U.S. Grants Ancestral Homestead.

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Translink - journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

Getting to the Start (by Car)

U.S. Grants Ancestral Homestead is well signposted on the Ballgawley A4 Road. From U.S. Grants Ancestral Homestead the walk is well waymarked.


Parking, wildlife garden, toilets, play park, picnic & BBQ area and the Ancestral Cottage



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Contact Killymaddy TIC – 028 8776 7259

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Ratings and Comments

john 28 October, 2018 @ 19:15

did this walk today. the sky was blue and clear. some nice views on the higher sections. the route description is pretty spot on. i'd recommend printing it out as some of the markers are hard to see. we estimated it at about 7.5 miles. although few there are cars and best to step off the road until they pass. i'd only recommend if it's a clear day. not sure it would be as satisfying without the views.

Keith Brighton 31 July, 2017 @ 15:21

Did this walk today 31/7/2017. Easy walking with some stiff uphills. Some really interesting points along the way and the Ulysses S. Grant homestead is worth a view with great picnic and other facilities.

Realistically there is only one RED route and not well marked, although the WalkNI route guide is accurate and easy to follow.


Along the Tirelurgan Rd there is a branch off to the left which has the same name but has no through route. Keep right at this juncture.

Turn off at 0.9m is left onto Castletown Rd (Castlebawn on guide) and next left turn at 0.3m is onto Leany Rd (Lenany Rd on the guide).

Other than the first couple of indicators, the red signs have gone, so the guide is best to follow.

3.5 hours is easy pace and allows for views over all the counties at highpoints.

Cathal 5 January, 2014 @ 20:31

My wife and I did this walk last weekend, to burn off the indulgence's of Christmas and New Years Eve.

Its a nice countryside walk, with a few hills but nothing overly demanding.

One interesting point is that there are actually two red routes, a shorter one and a longer option. The longer option being the one described above. But it is easy to end up on the shorter route by mistake. Once you have turned left onto the Loughran Road, you will come across two red walking arrows, one pointing left and the other pointing straight on. If you go left you have chosen to go on the shorter route which is 3.87 mile. If you go straight then your on the longer route which is 8.37 mile according to my sat nav watch (posh I hear you say).

One further point about the loger red route option, be sure you take a left onto the Tirelurgan Road because there is no red arrow at this point, it has been knocked off by traffic (some man took the corner too tight and has removed both the stop sign and red arrow :(

Martin 16 February, 2009 @ 22:11

I walked this route yesterday with my trusty dog Susie. There are indeed some fine views, visibility wasn't great but I could still make out Dungannon town, the cement factory outsdie Cookstownn, Slieve Gallion, Slemish Mountain, the south Tyrone wind farms, the Slieve Beagh hills and further afield into (I'm guessing) Leitrim! A plesant country walk with very little traffic, there were periods of half an hour at a time where I didn't see a single car. Thanks for drawing my attention to this walk.

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