Places of Interest
Londonderry sits astride the fast flowing River Foyle. The old city lies on the western side of the river and is the only completely walled city in Ireland. Historic buildings within the 17th century walls include the Gothic cathedral of St Columb, who came from Donegal, which is just over the border, in the 6th century to escape the plague. Derry’s 15th century castle, built by the O’Donnells, has been recently restored. Other attractions include a craft village and Magees, the famous tweed makers.
Country house and extensive gardens situated in a National Park at the head of Lough Veagh with stunning views of the Derryveagh Mountains.
Dungloe is a ‘Gaeltacht’ (Irish-speaking) town, famous for its marching bands and sandy beaches. It is also renowned for its ‘Mary from Dungloe’ festival, which has been held in the town for almost 50 years.
The ancient cathedral city of Armagh is Ireland’s oldest city and is renowned as the City of Saint Patrick and ecclesiastical capital of Ireland. He built his first church in 445AD on the site of the present cathedral. There are many other attractions in this beautiful city, including the Palace Stables Heritage Centre, with a Victorian schoolroom and Georgian kitchen and the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium.