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Rathmullan Gun Battery (The Flight of the Earls Centre), Rathmullan. co.Donegal 1810

Rathmullan is a beautiful seaside village located on the western shore of the spectacular Fanad Peninsula. It's name in Irish (Ráth Maoláin) means 'Maoláin's ringfort'. There are many historical sites in the area including the ruins [...]

Knockmany Cairn & Annya’s Tomb, Augher. co.Tyrone 3000 b.c>100 a.d

This interesting site is located on a beautiful forested hilltop 700 feet above sea level near the village of Augher in County Tyrone. It's name in Irish 'Cnoc mBaine' has had various different interpretations from [...]

Musseden Temple, Downhill. co.Derry 1785

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 [...]

O’Doherty’s Keep, Buncrana. co. Donegal c.1300? (Bun Cranncha-‘foot of the River Crana’)

This interesting little building is located in Buncrana on the estuary of the Crana River and is locally  known as 'O'Doherty's Keep'. The structure resembles a fortified tower house from the 15th century but recent [...]

Dromodonnell Stone Cross, Castlewellan. co Down – replica of 10th century cross

This is a granite replica of an original stone cross that is believed to have stood in the Drumgooland graveyard until the late 1700s. It was then set into the north gable wall of the [...]

Inch Abbey, Downpatrick. co. Down 1177

Inch Abbey was established as a Cistercian house by John de Courcy and his wife Affrica in 1177 as an act of repentance for the destruction of the Abbey at Erinagh. This State Care National [...]

Navan Fort (Emain Macha), Armagh City. co. Armagh 95 b.c

Navan Fort is a state care national monument, located 2 miles from the Cathedral City of Armagh. This is one of Ireland's most important ancient monuments and according to ancient mythology, was one of the [...]

Bishops Palace, Armagh City. co. Armagh 1770

The Bishop's Palace 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 built [...]

Clogherny Wedge Tomb, Plumbridge. co.Tyrone c.2500 b.c

The Clogherny Wedge tomb is located in a sparse exposed glaciated valley near the village of Plumbridge in co. Tyrone. It still has it's large capstone and is unusual because it is surrounded by a [...]

Dundrum Castle, Dundrum, co. Down c.1180

Dundrum Castle is located in a spectacular setting overlooking Dundrum Bay and the mighty Mourne Mountains. A motte and bailey castle was built here on the site of an earlier ring fort by John de [...]

Narrow Water Castle, Warrenpoint. co.Down 1560

Narrow Water Castle is one of the best preserved 16th-century tower houses in Ireland. This was originally the strategic site of a keep built by Hugh de Lacy in 1212 to prevent river-borne attacks on [...]

Doon Fort, Portnoo. co. Donegal. c.500 a.d

Doon Fort is an ancient ring fort hidden away on Doon Lough near the coastal village of Portnoo. It was built as a place of refuge 1500 years ago and it's walls stand 4.8m high [...]

Kilclooney Dolmen, Kilclooney. co. Donegal c.3500 b.c.

The beautiful Kilclooney Dolmen dates from c 3500 b.c and is regarded as one of the finest examples of a portal tomb in the country. It's impressive capstone measures 13 wide, 20 feet long and [...]

Florence Court, Enniskillen. co.Fermanagh 1755

Florence Court was the former home of 'The Earls of Enniskillene' and is regarded as one of the great houses of Ireland and a fascinating example of mid-18th century Irish Palladian architecture. It was built [...]

Enniskillen Castle, Enniskillen. co. Fermanagh c.15th century

The original castle built at this strategic location on lough Erne was built in the late 1400's by Hugh 'The Hospitable' Maguire. Over the years it has been fought over, captured and retaken by the O’Donnells, [...]

The Ardmore Gallen Stone, Muff. co.Donegal c.1500 – 500 b.c ?

The Ardmore Gallen Stone stands over 6 feet tall in a field near the village of Muff overlooking Lough Foyle. More than 10,000 standing stones have been recorded in Ireland and many were used for [...]

Morton God Portal Tomb, Iskaheen. co. Donegal c.3500 > 2500 b.c

The Morton God Dolmen is the largest portal tomb in Inishowen and possibly the oldest structure. It is located half way up a mountain in a scenic location overlooking Lough Foyle and it's name remains [...]

Donegal Castle, Donegal Town. co.Donegal -1474

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

Monea Castle, Monea. co.Fermanagh – 1618

Monea Castle was built in 1618 by Rev. Malcom Hamilton and is one of the best preserved Scottish styled plantation castles in Northern Ireland. It's two massive semi-cylindrical towers sit on either side of the [...]

Tully Castle, Derrygonnelly. co.Fermanagh -1612

Tully Castle was built in 1612 for a Scottish planter called sir John Hume and has a bloody history. It is a fortified tower house with 4 rectangular corner towers and is located on a [...]

Dawson Memorial Column, Rockcorry. co.Monaghan 1809

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' [...]

St Mura’s Cross, Fahan. co.Donegal 7th century a.d

St Mura's Cross is located in the ancient monastery of Fahan. These rare 'slab' type crosses are generally believed to be the precursor to the typical Celtic Irish High Crosses that people associate with Ireland. [...]

Clontygora Court Tomb, Flagstaff. co. Armagh c.3500 b.c

The Clontygora Court Tomb is one of the finest burial chambers in Northern Ireland. It is locally known as the “King’s Ring” and is situated on a prominent hillside in South Armagh. It it is Y [...]

Kilnasaggart Pillar Stone, Jonesborough. co. Armagh c.700 a.d

The Kilnasaggart Pillar Stone is one of the earliest datable stone monuments in Ireland. It stands 2 metres tall in a field near the village of Jonesborough in co. Armagh. The ogham script on the [...]

Buncrana Castle, Buncrana. co.Donegal 1718 (Bun Cranncha-‘foot of the River Crana’)

During the 18th century large manor houses like this one were known as 'Castles'. This house was built by Colonel George Vaughan between 1716-18 and is the earliest and most important of the big houses [...]

Herdman’s Mill, Sion Mills. co. Tyrone – 1853

The town of Sion Mills is full of quirky and interesting buildings built in the 19th century. The power supplied by the River Mourne was the main reason why this linen mill was built here [...]

Armagh Observatory, Armagh City 1790

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 [...]

Craigavon Bridge, Derry City 1933

Craigavon Bridge is one of only a few double decker road bridges in Europe. It was built in 1933 and named after Lord Craigavon, the first Prime Minister of Northern Ireland. This is the 3rd [...]

The Beaghmore Stone Circles, Cookstown. co. Tyrone – 2900 b.c > 1200 b.c

The mysterious and desolate Beaghmore Stone Circles were discovered by local peat cutters in the 1940s in the mountains near Cookstown in co. Tyrone. The site is made up of 7 large stone circles and [...]

Inch Island, Lough Swilly. co. Donegal (An Inse -‘island’//Loch Súilí,- ‘Lake of Shadows)

Inch Island is a beautiful small island in Lough Swilly that is now connected to the mainland. In 1855, The Lough Swilly Railway Company, drained marshland near Inch and created two man made embankments which [...]

Voted 2nd most beautiful beach in the World.. Ballymastocker Bay, Portsalon. co. Donegal

Ballymastocker Bay is a spectacular Blue Flag beach located on the Fanad Peninsula in county Donegal. It was once voted the 2nd most beautiful in the World by readers of the Observer Magazine (pipped to [...]

The highest sea cliffs in Europe – Slieve League, Glencolumcille. co.Donegal

The dramatic Slieve League cliffs are situated on the south west coast of Donegal and are reputed to be among the highest marine cliffs in Europe. The cliffs rise 1972 feet above the Atlantic Ocean [...]

The Derry Walls, Derry City 1613-1618 (Doire – Oak Grove)

Derry is...1- the last walled City to be built in Europe 2 - the first planned city to be built in Ireland 3- the only complete walled city in Ireland and 4 - the largest [...]

Voted ‘Building of the Century’ – St.Aengus’ Church, Burt. co.Donegal 1967

This stunning and timeless church located in Burt, co. Donegal was designed by local award winning architects Frank Corr and Liam McCormick. It is regarded as a masterpiece of design and was awarded 'Building of [...]

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 historic early Irish Georgian styled Manor House was built in 1740 with the finest materials for Andrew [...]

St Patrick’s Cathedral (Roman Catholic) , Armagh City. built 1838 >1873

St Patrick was reputed to have built the first 'great stone church' here in 445 a.d inside a ringfort on a hill called 'Druimsailech'. He called it 'My Sweet Hill' and ordained that this church [...]

Dunseverick Castle, Dunseverick. co.Antrim. c.1540

Dunseverick Castle is located in what was regarded as a 'key' site in ancient Ireland as this was the point where one of the royal roads from Tara ended. It has  a well which was [...]

Ballintoy Parish Church, Ballintoy. co. Antrim 1813

Ballintoy Church was built in 1813 and is perched on a hill above Ballintoy harbour. It is one of the most scenic churches in the country and is often pictured with the stunning vista of [...]

Doe Castle, Cresslough. co.Donegal – c.1500

Doe Castle is located on the shore of Sheephaven Bay in County Donegal. It sits on a small peninsula, surrounded on 3 sides by water with a moat cut into the rock. The castle was [...]

The Skull House, Moville. co.Donegal – c.6th century a.d

This curious looking is called the Skull House. It measures 8.5 X 6.5 feet and may have served as an oratory. It stands within a graveyard in the parish of Cooley overlooking Lough Foyle and [...]

The Peace Bridge, Derry City – 2011

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

Carrowmore West Cross, Gleneely. co.Donegal. c.7th – 9th century a.d

The 2 crosses at Carrowmore are national monuments and are the most primitive looking of the 6 Inishowen High Crosses and almost resemble standing stones (which are dated much earlier). The site was called 'Both [...]

Carrowmore Cross East, Gleneely. co.Donegal – c.10th century a.d

6 High Crosses can be found on Inishowen. The 2 crosses located in Carrowmore are national monuments and are so primitive looking that they almost resemble standing stones.  The site was called 'Both Chonais Monastery' [...]

Carndonagh Cross, Carndonagh. co.Donegal – c.7th century a.d

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 big slabs of granite with crosses carved onto [...]

The Bocan Stone Circle, Culdaff. co.Donegal – c.3000 b.c.>1500 b.c

This is the Bocan Stone Circle located on Bocan Hill just outside the village of Culdaff on the Inishowen Peninsula. Stone circles may have been sun temples but no one really knows what shenanigans were [...]

Castle Leslie, Glaslough. co.Monaghan – 1870

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 Scotland's life in 1065 in an incident whilst they [...]

Malin Bridge, Malin Town. co.Donegal – 1758

The beautiful 10 arched Malin Bridge was built in 1758. It is built over the Ballyboe river and is said to be the second longest and probably the most northerly bridge in Ireland. The town [...]

Carrickabraghy Castle, Doagh Island. co.Donegal – c.1590

Carrickabraghy Castle was one of a network of castles built to defend and protect the Inishowen lands belonging to the O'Doherty clan in the late 1500's. It was built using sea-sand mortar on a strategic [...]

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