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A 5 Star Beauty in the wilds of Donegal

Lough Eske Castle, Lough Eske. County Donegal           1868 Lough Eske was once part of the domain of the powerful O’Donnell clan who ruled from the nearby Donegal Castle for hundreds of years. After the Flight of [...]

Evictions, Classy parties and a hunting estate to rival Balmoral

Glenveagh Castle, Glenveagh National Park. County Donegal     1867 Glenveagh Castle was built in 1867 by John George Adair, a wealthy land speculator from Co. Laois. His dream was to create a beautiful hunting estate [...]

A Napoleonic Gun Battery at the scene of the Flight of the Earls

Rathmullan Gun Battery built in 1810 is located in Rathmullan. co.Donegal. It was built in 1810 during the Napoleonic Wars to help defend Ireland against a possible French Invasion. This beautiful seaside village located on [...]

Finn McCool, Standing stones & The tomb of Queens

Knockmany Cairn & Annya's Tomb is located near the village of Augher. co.Tyrone and dates from between 3000 b.c>100 a.d. This super interesting site is located on a beautiful forested hilltop 700 feet above sea [...]

One of Northern Ireland’s most iconic and photographed buildings is falling off a cliff

The Mussenden Temple was built in 1785 and forms part of the estate of Frederick Augustus Hervey 'the Earl Bishop', Bishop of Derry and Earl of Bristol. It is perched dramatically on a 120 ft [...]

An Irish or Norman castle? Wolfe Tone, The Armada and the O’Doherty Clan

O’Doherty’s Keep, Buncrana. County Donegal         c. 1300 This interesting little building is locally known as O' Doherty's Keep. Its date of construction is unknown. It resembles a fortified tower house from the 15th century but [...]

Cross design based on St Patrick’s earliest teachings

Dromodonnell Stone Cross in Castlewellan. co Down is a replica of a 10th century cross that once stood in the Drumgooland graveyard until the late 1700s. It was then set into the north gable wall [...]

One of the first Gothic arches built in Ireland & Game of Thrones

Inch Abbey, Downpatrick, County Down          1180 Inch Abbey was established as a Cistercian house by John de Courcy and his wife Affreca in 1180 as an act of repentance for the destruction Erinagh Abbey 3 [...]

An ancient capital, The legend of Emain Macha and a Barbary Macaque

Navan Fort, Armagh. County Armagh         c. 95 b. c. Navan Fort or 'Emain Macha' is located a couple of miles outside the Cathedral City of Armagh. It is one of Ireland's most important ancient monuments. [...]

A grade ‘A’ listed building, A Bishop’s residence & The ancient seat of St. Patrick

The Bishop's Palace (1770) in Armagh is a beautiful neo-Classical building situated in 300 acres of parkland. This was the residence of the Archbishops of the Church of Ireland from 1770 to 1975. It was [...]

Original bronze age tomb surrounded by an Iron age stone circle

This National Monument is The Clogherny Wedge Tomb located near the village of Plumbridge in co. Tyrone. It dates from approx c.2500 b.c and sits in a sparse exposed glaciated valley. It still has it's large [...]

A magnificent castle built by a renegade Norman & the Time Team

Dundrum Castle, Dundrum, County Down          c. 1200 Dundrum Castle is located in a spectacular setting overlooking Dundrum Bay and the mighty Mourne Mountains. This ancient hilltop site was chosen by John de Courcy sometime around [...]

One of the best preserved 16th-century tower houses in Ireland

Narrow Water Castle is located on the shores of Carlingford Lough on the outskirts of Warrenpoint in county Down. It is regarded as one of the best preserved 16th-century tower houses in Ireland and is [...]

A 1500 year dry stone walled fort built in a hidden lake

Doon Fort, Doon Lough, Portnoo. County Donegal   c. 5th century a. d.    Doon Fort is an ancient ring fort hidden away on Doon Lough near the coastal village of Portnoo in co. Donegal. It dates [...]

One of Ireland’s most beautiful and oldest portal tombs

Kilclooney Dolmen, Kilclooney. County Donegal   c. 3500 - 3000 b. c. The beautiful Kilclooney Dolmen is regarded as one of the finest examples of a portal tomb in the country. It’s impressive capstone measures 13 [...]

One of the great houses of Ireland with exquisite interiors and furniture

Florence Court located near Enniskillen was the former home of 'The Earls of Enniskillene' and is regarded as one of the great houses of Ireland. It was built in 1755 and is a fascinating example [...]

Fought over by the Maguires, the O’Donnells, the O’Neills and the British

Enniskillen Castle, Enniskillen. County Fermanagh          c. 1460 - 1800 Enniskillen Castle in co. Fermanagh is situated at a strategic location on Lough Erne on a site that commands one of the few passes into Ulster. [...]

Elaborate standing stone with cup marks, swirls and zig zags

The Ardmore Gallen Stone, Muff. County Donegal     c. 1500 – 500 b. c. The Ardmore Gallen Stone stands in a field near the village of Muff in county Donegal. More than 10,000 standing stones have [...]

Possibly the oldest structure in Inishowen with a mysterious name

The Morton God Dolmen, Muff. County Donegal       c. 3500 b. c - 2500 b. c. The Morton God Dolmen is the largest portal tomb in Inishowen and possibly its oldest structure. Its name remains a [...]

One of the finest and strongest Gaelic castles in Ireland

Donegal Castle, Donegal Town. County Donegal 1474 Donegal Castle was built by Hugh Roe O'Donnell and is regarded as one of the finest and strongest Gaelic castles in Ireland. It consists of a 15th-century rectangular [...]

One of the best preserved Scottish styled plantation castles in Northern Ireland

Monea Castle, Monea. County Fermanagh        1618 The Plantation of Ulster in the early 17th Century was an attempt by the English monarchy to take control of the troublesome province of Ulster. After attempts by Queen [...]

A bloody history on the night before Christmas

Tully Castle, Derrygonnelly. County Fermanagh     1612 Tully Castle is a fortified tower house with 4 rectangular corner towers and is located on a beautiful location on the shores of Upper Lough Erne. It was built [...]

Memorial to a local politician loved by his people

The Dawson Memorial is situated between Cootehill and Rockcorry in co. Monaghan. It was erected in 1809 by the independent voters of County Monaghan in praise of their local MP Richard Dawson. Richard 'Honest Dick' [...]

Exquisite early slab cross with Greek inscriptions located in an ancient monastery

St Mura's Cross, Fahan. County Donegal      c. 7th or 8th century a. d. St Mura’s Cross is located in an ancient monastic site in Fahan, county Donegal. This rare 'slab' type cross is generally believed [...]

One of the finest ancient burial chambers in the North of Ireland

Clontygora Court Tomb is located near Flagstaff in co. Armagh. it dates from approx c.3500 b.c and is one of the finest burial chambers in Northern Ireland. It is locally known as the “King’s Ring” [...]

The earliest dateable stone monument in Ireland

Kilnasaggart Pillar Stone, Jonesborough. County Armagh    700 a.d. The Kilnasaggart Pillar Stone dates to 700 a. d. and is one of the earliest datable stone monuments in Ireland. It stands 6 feet tall and the [...]

The earliest and most important of the ‘Big Houses’ of Inishowen

Buncrana Castle, Buncrana. County Donegal           1718 During the 18th century large manor houses like this one were known as 'castles'. This house was built by Colonel George Vaughan in 1718 and is the earliest and [...]

Victorian architecture, cricket and The Seat of Finn

Herdman's Mill was built in 1853 in the village of Sion Mills in co. Tyrone by the Herdman Brothers. The River Mourne has powered industrial machinery here since 1640 as this was also the site [...]

The oldest scientific institution in Northern Ireland & ground breaking architecture

Armagh Observatory was established by Richard Robinson, Archbishop of Armagh, in 1789. Robinson was not only the leader of the Church of Ireland but was also a multi-millionaire by today's standards and as as an [...]

One of only a few double decker road bridges in Europe

Craigavon Bridge, Bridge Street. Derry City          1933 Craigavon Bridge is the oldest of the three bridges in Derry City. It was built in 1933 and named after Lord Craigavon (the first Prime Minister of Northern [...]

Discovered in 1941, Dragons Teeth and 1269 tiny standing stones!

The mysterious Beaghmore Stone Circles are located near Cookstown in co. Tyrone, They date to approx 2900 b.c > 1200 b.c. The stones were uncovered by local peat cutters in the 1940s. It is made up [...]

Significant bird colonies, an O’Doherty castle and 360′ spectacular views

Inch Island, Lough Swilly. County Donegal The beautiful Inch Island is located in Lough Swilly in county Donegal. This is not a ‘true’ island anymore because in 1855, The Lough Swilly Railway Company drained marshland [...]

Once voted second most beautiful beach in the World by the Observer

Ballymastocker Bay, Fanad Peninsula. County Donegal Ballymastocker Bay is also known as Portsalon Beach. This is a truly spectacular Blue Flag beach located on the Fanad Peninsula in north county Donegal. It was once voted [...]

Ireland’s most northerly point, oldest rocks and most shipwrecks & Europe’s highest sand dunes

Banba's Crown is located in Malin Head in co.Donegal and is Ireland's most northerly building on the mainland. It was named 'Banba' after the mythological patron goddess of Ireland. It was built by the British [...]

Europe’s highest sea cliffs

The Slieve League Cliffs are located in Glencolumcille in co.Donegal. They are among the highest sea cliffs in Europe rising 1972 feet above the Atlantic Ocean ( making them nearly 3 times higher than the famous [...]

The last walled city to be built in Europe

Derry Walls, Derry City   1618 Not only is Derry the last walled city to be built in Europe, it is also the first planned city to be built in Ireland, the only complete walled city [...]

Regarded as a masterpiece of design and awarded ‘Building of the Century’

St. Aengus’s Church, Burt. County Donegal      1967 This stunning and timeless building is St.Aengus' Church located in Burt, co. Donegal. It was built in 1967 and was designed by local award winning architects Frank Corr [...]

The most historic house in Derry and the story of half hanged McNaughton

Prehen House, Prehen. Derry City   1740   Prehen House is an absolute gem and should really be one of the North West's top attractions. This early Georgian manor house was built in 1740 with the [...]

An eclectic mix of architectural styles, St Patrick & the Cardinal’s Hats

The Catholic Cathedral of St Patrick's is located in Armagh City. This was a former site near where St Patrick himself was reputed to have built a church in 445 a.d inside a ringfort on [...]

A key ancient site, A holy well and St Patrick

Dunseverick Castle, Dunseverick. County Antrim         c. 1500 This location was a 'key' site in ancient Ireland as this was the end point where one of the Royal roads from Tara ended. There is also a [...]

A church with a view, Notable families & Game of Thrones

Ballintoy Church, Ballintoy. County Antrim           1813 Ballintoy or ‘Baile an Tuaigh’ means ‘the northern townland’ in Irish. This church is perched on a hill above Ballintoy harbour in one of the most scenic locations on [...]

The Mac Sweeneys, The O’Dohertys & The O’Neills – and O yes.. Brian McFadden!

Doe Castle is located near Cresslough on the shore of Sheephaven Bay in co.Donegal. It is surrounded by water on three sides and is similar in style to a Scottish tower house. It was built [...]

The Cooley Cross, The Skull House & The remains of a saint

The Cooley Cross, Moville. County Donegal        c. 8th or 9th century a. d. The Cooley Cross is located just outside the perimeter walls of a beautiful old graveyard that overlooks Lough Foyle. This is an [...]

A bridge designed to encourage friendship

The Peace Bridge, Derry City The Peace Bridge is a cycle and foot bridge built across the River Foyle. It was officially opened on 25 June 2011 and connects the old army Barracks in Ebrington [...]

2 of Ireland’s earliest High Crosses & St Patrick’s sister

This is one of two High Crosses located in the ancient monastic site of Carrowmore. This site is just a few miles outside the village of Gleneely on the Inishowen Peninsula. This monastery was founded [...]

One of the earliest and most important High Crosses in Ireland

The Carndonagh Cross is located in Carndonagh, co.Donegal. This National Monument is one of the earliest and most important High Crosses in Ireland. High Crosses developed from slab crosses which as the name suggests were [...]

An early stone circle in a beautiful location in north Donegal

The Bocan Stone Circle, Culdaff. County Donegal   2500 b. c.  – 1500 b. c. The Bocan Stone Circle is a located about a mile outside the village of Culdaff on the Inishowen Peninsula. Stone circles [...]

Grip Fast, Paul McCartney & Winstown Churchill

Castle Leslie is locate in Glaslough in county Monaghan. The Leslie Family can trace their ancestry back to Atilla the Hun of Hungary and to a nobleman called Bartholomew Leslie. Bartholomew saved Margaret Queen of [...]

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