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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 [...]

The Curiousity Shop, Malin Head. co.Donegal

The Curiosity Shop in Malin Head is the country’s most northerly shop. It is covered wall-to-wall in every type of bric-a brac including pictures or Arthur Guinness, unusual wine bottle openers, old posters, old coins, [...]

Northburg Castle, Greencastle. co.Donegal – 1305

Northburg Castle is locally known as 'Greencastle' and was one of the most impressive Norman castles built in Ireland. It was built by Richard de Burgh in 1305 (The Red Earl of Ulster) on a [...]

The Temple of Deen, Culdaff. co.Donegal – c.1500 b.c>2500 b.c

These strange looking granite rocks are the remains of a central chamber of a large prehistoric burial monument. It is popularly known as  'The Temple of Deen' and dates from between 2500bc - 1500bc.  It [...]

Cloncha Cross, Culdaff. co.Donegal – c.10th century a.d

This tall slender Celtic Cross is a national monument and stands over 12 feet high in one of the most important early Christian sites in Inishowen. This monastic site was reputedly founded by St Morialagh [...]

Cloncha Church, Culdaff. co.Donegal – built c.1600 on ancient site

This National Monument is Cloncha Church located near the village of Culdaff. This location is one of the most important early Christian sites in Ireland and from the sixth century onwards, it was favoured by [...]

Old Irish Cottage, Culdaff. co.Donegal – c.1800

This is a beautiful example of an unaltered traditional Irish cottage. Such cottages date from c.1700 onwards as prior to that, our ancestors lived in round hut style dwellings built of wattle and daub. These [...]

Banba’s Crown, Malin Head. co.Donegal – 1805

This 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 in 1805 as a Napoleonic lookout tower to help [...]

Dunluce Castle, Bushmills. co.Antrim – built c.16th & 17th centuries

Click edit button to change this text. The stunning ruins of Dunluce Castle is used extensively to market Northern Ireland as a holiday destination. It is located on the north Antrim coast on top [...]

Carrickfergus Castle, Carrickfergus. co.Antrim – 1177

This castle is one of the best preserved medieval structures in the whole of Ireland. It was built by the Norman conqueror John de Courcy in 1177 who was then ousted in 1204 by another [...]

Tamlaghtfinlagan Church of Ireland, Ballykelly. co.Derry – 1795

Ballykelly village was a plantation settlement and contains some of the most interesting buildings erected in Ulster. These were funded by plantation companies during the 18th and 19th centuries like in this case by The [...]

One of the few schools in the World that can claim two Nobel laureates

Lumen Cristi College, located on Bishop Street, Derry City was formerly known as St Columb's College. It was built in 1879 and is one of the few schools in the world that can claim two [...]

a decision that kicked off the troubles in Northern Ireland….

This elegant building is Magee College, built in 1865 to the designs of the Dublin architect Edward Gribben in a Victorian Gothic style. At this time, Derry was a rapidly developing industrial centre and although [...]

St Eugene’s bells ring every night at 9 pm as a reminder of the penal laws

According to legend, Eugene was a monk from the Dublin area and foretold the coming of St Columba who in the 6th century a.d. founded a monastery in Derry. By the 12th century this had [...]

The original site of St Columba’s Monastery

St Augustine's Church is located on Society Street in Derry City. It is locally known as 'The wee church on the walls'. This is thought to be the original site of the first monastery founded [...]

The Apprentice Boys of Derry Memorial Hall, Society Street. Derry City – 1873

The Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall and its museum is dedicated to the memory of the 13 Apprentice Boys who closed the City gates in 1688 when Catholic James II of England laid siege to the [...]

Old Derry Jail Tower, Bishop Street. Derry City – 1791

This is the last remaining tower of the old Derry Jail which was built in 1791 and demolished in the 1970s. The jail housed a long list of notable inmates including Wolf Tone, leader of [...]

The Clocktower Building, Ebrington Barracks. Derry City – 1841

This site was originally known as 'Stronge's Orchard' and was first used for military purposes during the Siege of Derry in 1688/9 when King James's soldiers bombarded the walled city from this spectacular location on [...]

Dunree Lighthouse, Dunree Head. co.Donegal -1876 (Dun Fhraoigh-“Fort of the Heather”)

Dunree Lighthouse is built 46m above the high water sea level and has incredible views over Lough Swilly and out to the wild Atlantic. It was built in 1876 after the Duke of Abercorn requested [...]

Buncrana Lighthouse, Buncrana. co.Donegal – 1876 (Bun Cranncha-‘foot of the River Crana’)

This lighthouse stood in Buncrana for 133 years from 1876 until 2009 after which it was condemned to the scrap yard. The diligent Buncrana Historical Society however convinced The Buncrana Town Council to save it [...]

Burt Castle, Burt. co.Donegal – c.1580

Burt Castle was built around 1560 - 1580 and and would have originally been located on an island surrounded by marshland. This was just one of a network of castles built around Inishowen by the [...]

Fahan House, Fahan. co.Donegal – c.1765

Fahan House is a beautiful ivy clad Georgian house located in Fahan, co.Donegal. Fahan means 'little green field' in Irish and has the ruins of an important 6th-century monastery which features a 7th-century cross-slab of [...]

The Squeelin’ Pig Pub, Muff. co.Donegal – est. c.1880

Had to include this historic pub for the great name alone! located in the village of Muff (also a great name!) in co. Donegal.

St Columba’s Chapel, Quigley’s Point. co.Donegal – 1871

This 'barn' styled gothic building is St. Columba’s Church. It is located on an elevated position with stunning views over Lough Foyle. It was built in 1871 close to the site of an early Christian [...]

The Cooley Cross, Moville. co.Donegal. c.8th or 9th century a.d

This interesting cross is located just the grounds of an ancient monastery founded by St.Finian around 500 a.d. on a hill overlooking Lough Foyle. This plain cross is 10 feet high and has an odd [...]

Shrove Lighthouse, Shrove. co.Donegal – 1839

Strove Lighthouse is located on a beautiful beach where Lough Foyle meets the wild Atlantic. This shipping lane was used extensively by oceanliners carrying immigrants to America and Australia. The coast along this part of [...]

Church of All Saints, Newtowncunningham. co.Donegal – 1999

This beautiful Catholic church was built in 1999 at a cost of €1.2 million. It's design is based on St.Peter's fishing boat (or barque) as it was a powerful symbol of the early Christian church. [...]

Clifton House, Clifton Street. Belfast City – 1774 (Béal Feirste – Mouth of the Sandbanks)

Clifton House is regarded as one of Belfast's finest Georgian buildings. It was built in 1774 by The Belfast Charitable Society and was used until the late 1880′s as Belfast’s Poor House. Although the Dublin [...]

Albert Memorial Clock, Queen’s Square. Belfast City – 1869

The Albert Memorial Clock is located at Queen's Square in Belfast and is one of Belfast's best known landmarks. In 1865 a competition for the design of a memorial to Queen Victoria's late Prince Consort, [...]

Belfast City Hall, Donegall Square. Belfast City – 1906

Belfast City Hall, built in 1906, is regarded as one of the finest buildings of it's era in the United Kingdom. Plans began in 1888 when Belfast was awarded city status by Queen Victoria. This [...]

Samson & Goliath Cranes, Queen’s Island. Belfast City – 1969 & 1974

These are the famous landmark gantry cranes that dominate the Belfast skyline. Samson and Goliath are named after Biblical figures and are located on Queen's Island in the Harland & Wolff shipyard. They were constructed by [...]

Belfast Castle, Antrim Road. Belfast City – 1870

Belfast Castle is set on the slopes of Cavehill Country Park  400 feet above sea level with stunning views overlooking Belfast Lough. Belfast's original Norman castle built in the 12th century in what is now [...]

St Columba’s Church, Long Tower. Derry City – 1810

Derry takes it's name from the Irish word 'doire' meaning oak grove. Oak groves were regarded as sacred places in the pre-Christian times for the Celtic pagan peoples. The original settlement here was a monastery [...]

Big Ben’s little brother

This impressive piece of architecture is Derry's Guildhall. It was built in 1887 using red sandstone and it's eclectic style is described as neo-gothic with Tudor overtones. It has the 2nd largest clock face in [...]

St Columb’s Cathedral, London Street. Derry City – 1633

St Columb's Cathedral is reputedly the first Protestant Cathedral to be built in Europe after The Reformation and is Derry's oldest surviving building that is still in use today. It was built on the city's [...]

Dungiven Castle, Dungiven. co.Derry – 1836

Dungiven Castle was the ancestral home of the O'Cahan clan who ruled the area between the 12th and 17th Century. Danny Boy, one of the most recorded melodies ever composed was originally called O'Cahan’s Lament. [...]

Harry Avery’s Castle, Newtownstewart. co.Derry – c.1350

These are the remains of Harry Avery's Castle built around c.1350 and is located near the town of Newtownstewart in co. Tyrone. It is named after Harry Avery O'Neill, a local chieftain belonging to the [...]

Scrabo Tower, Newtownards. co.Down – 1857 (Scrabo-‘cow pasture’)

Scrabo Tower majestically stands 125 feet high on a hill 540 feet above sea level and is one of Northern Ireland's most famous landmarks. This site was originally the location of a great megalithic cairn, [...]

Parliament Buildings, Stormont Estate. Belfast City – 1932

This impressive structure is the Parliament Building for Northern Ireland, better known as Stormont. In 1920, when 'Home Rule' was established in Northern Ireland, plans were launched to construct new parliament. The Stormont estate was [...]

Ballykeel Dolmen, Camlouth. co.Armagh – c.4000 b.c > 2500 b.c

The Ballykeel portal tomb, locally known as 'The Hag's Chair' is a beautiful example of a tri-pod dolmen and dates from between 4000 and 2500 b.c. When it was excavated in 1963, plain and decorated [...]

The Star Factory, Foyle Road. Derry City – 1899

The Star Factory was built in 1899 for the Messrs.Bayer Company who were shirt makers and was designed by Daniel Convoy. In the early 1900's Derry was the principal seat of the shirt industry in [...]

St Mura, the O’Neills & the HMS Laurentic

St Mura's Parish Church is located in the beautiful village of Fahan in co.Donegal. It dates from 1820 and takes it's name from a local saint, Mura, who was a relative of St.Columba. Mura is [...]

The highest pub in Ireland

The Ponderosa Pub is located on the Glenshane Pass in co.Derry. It was established around c.1900 but started its life as a little farmhouse on the Derry to Belfast road. This is the highest pub in [...]

The oldest structure in Derry just about standing

This is St Brecan's Church located in St Columb's Park and is reputed to be the oldest building in Derry. It was built by Redmond O'Gallagher (the Bishop of Derry) circa 1600. St Brecan was [...]

An expression of free thinking & an architectual gem

Bendhu House is located in Ballintoy in co.Antrim. This eccentric and intriguing house is located in one of the most scenic areas of Northern Ireland. It was the creation of Newton Penprase who named it [...]

Titanic Belfast Building, Queens Road. Belfast City – 2012

This incredible piece of architecture is Titanic Belfast which was designed by the American born architect Eric Kuhne and built by Harcourt Developments. This world class visitor attraction takes you on a journey through Belfast’s [...]

An ancient ring fort, Niall of the Nine Hostages, St Patrick and Sun Worship

Grainan of Aileach is located in Burt in co.Donegal. This ring fort dates to the 5th century a.d but the site dates back thousands of years before this to 1700 b.c. It sits on a [...]

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