WalkNI.com Your definitive guide to walking in Northern Ireland
Quality Walk

Vinegar Hill Loop

Due to a landslide in August 2017 this walk is temporarily closed. Please keep any eye on this page for updates.

This 7 mile walk provides a taster of what the Sperrins have to offer, rolling hills, lush green valleys and a snapshot of rural life.




7 miles

OS Map

OS Sheet 13

Nearest Town


Route Shape


Route Type



Gravel tracks and minor roads

Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest

Barnes Gap, Vinegar Hill

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty


Route Description

Start from Barnes Gap car park in Glenelly Valley clearly marked from Gortin and the B47. The car Park was once the site of The Barnes National School. Toilets available.

This route is fully marked with way marked posts and directional arrows. It follows the same line as the Craignamaddy Route for some time but leaves it just after Scotch Town cross roads.The route follows The Craignamaddy Route and The Ulster Way at a small stand of coniferous trees at Garvagh.

From the car park follow the finger post sign for the Craignamaddy Circuit across the road proceeding uphill to the top of the gap. Just over the brow of the hill a left turn leads to a gravel lane that contours Mullaghbolig.

Continue on this track and descend into the Owenkillew Valley past Vinegar Hill on your right hand side. Pass through a farmyard onto a tarred road. Turn right and continue straight through Scotch Town cross roads until the next turn right. The Craignamaddy route turns right up this lane but Vinegar Hill route continues on straight.

At the next cross roads follow two way marked posts and continue up hill through farm buildings on each side of the road. At the next junction continue straight on to Garvagh and a small stand of coniferous trees. Turn right and rejoin the Craignamaddy and Ulster Way routes along a gravel lane. This lane continues on to meet a tarred road, turn left and you are back at Barnes Gap. You can take the high road or the low road back to the car park.

The route jointly facilitated by Omagh and Strabane District Councils. For further information contact Omagh TIC Tel - 028 8224 7831 or Strabane TIC Tel - 028 7138 4444 or see links below.

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Translink - journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

Getting to the Start (by Car)

Barnes Gap car park is located at the junction of Landahussy Road and Mullaghbane Roads. These roads are accessible from the B47 Glenelly Road that links Plumbridge, Cranagh and Sperrin.

Accessibility Grade

Grade 5


Car Park



Publication Availability


Walk Location
Map of Northern Ireland
Image Gallery
Maps and Downloads

Ratings and Comments

Stewart Ramsey 17 August, 2016 @ 17:23

Did this walk yesterday 16/08/2016, a beautiful day with wall to wall sunshine. This is a super walk with outstanding views, some of the best the Sperrins has to offer. With good underfoot conditions throughout this is a walk that can be enjoyed throughout the year in most weather conditions. Can be comfortably done in 3 1/2 hours, including a lunch break.

Stephen 2 January, 2016 @ 21:04

A nice easy walk with superb views from the offset. No steep or sustained climbs but nice steady 3-4 hour walk (including a soup stop in Scotch Town).

Watch out for the dogs at the start, I'm sure they wouldn't touch you but they do make a bit of noise!

Probably a good walk to do in the snow or in wet weather as it is all on tarmac and farm tracks.

alexs 5 April, 2015 @ 23:28


Rhonda G 23 November, 2014 @ 16:41

Walked this route on a crisp Nov morning with the sun pushing through on the left and the frost holding its own on the right. Both creating a beautiful freshness and enchantment to the anticipated journey. Facilities at Carpark were as described, parking, toilets, and picnic tables surrounded by trees making it a great spot to meet & greet. Route is well sign posted and offers stunning views over the open countryside. Terrain is a mixture of road and gravel paths; no bog, no fences, relatively clean clothes and suitable for trail shoes. This route offers stunning landscape for minimal effort. Great bonus of being a loop walk as it's definitely one you could do solo without depending on lifts. 3-4 hours plenty depending on photo/ lunch stops. Speaking of lunch, the bridge at Scotch Town is probably best place to stop, it's halfway & on the road but any further on and you'd be better to keep going until returning to picnic tables @ Carpark.

David Watson 21 November, 2010 @ 17:55

As a former South Tyrone man now in Belfast, I admit to being surprised that this loop is also Tyrone!! That feeling of enchanted gently sloping landscape, few people, even friendly free range dogs and hens. It was a cloudy day for our group of 10, filled with sparkle by the vastness of the slopes... and the minutiae of moist spiders' webs for our photographers to close in on. A splendid late autumn day!

Cathal McKillion 30 May, 2010 @ 17:43

This was my first experience of the sperrins. We travelled to Barnes Gap from Dungannon, via pomeroy and greencastle. It was easy to get to the start of this walk at Barnes Car park. It was well sign posted. As we started out we got a noisy greeting from three or more farm dogs (glad i brought my stick). however from then on we were treated to beautiful open countryside, gravel paths and lazy sheep with their young lambs. The isolation felt inspiring as we battled the uphill climb by admiring the awesome views. A good walk in any ramblers book with combination of uphill climbs but also easy downhill walks. A walk for a medium to advanced person, maybe to hilly for the beginner.

Add Your Rating

Know a good walk that is not included on the site?

Suggest a Walk >