The Province of Ulster

The Irish name, Cúige Uladh, means the “Province of the Ulaidh”, with the term cúige formerly referring to one of the 5 provinces. The Ulaidh were a group of tribes who dwelt in this northern region of Ireland.

These are some of the most significant landmarks, buildings and monuments in the province of Ulster

The second longest & most northerly stone bridge in Ireland

Malin Bridge is located in Malin Town in county Donegal. This beautiful 10 arched bridge was built in 1758 over the Ballyboe river and is said to be the second longest and most northerly bridge [...]

A perfect hideaway to plan revolts, The O’Dohertys & Ancient rock art

Carrickabraghy Castle, Doagh Island, County Donegal Carrickabraghy Castle is located in one of the wildest and most northerly locations in Ireland. This was just one in a network of castles built to defend and protect [...]

Ireland’s most northerly shop, brick-a brack & famous visitors

The Curiosity Shop, Malin Head, County Donegal The Curiosity Shop is locate near Banba’s Crown in Malin Head and is Ireland’s most northerly shop. It is covered wall-to-wall in every type of bric-a-brac including pictures [...]

Once one of Ireland’s most impressive Norman castles

Northburg Castle, Greencastle, County Donegal 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: The Red Earl of [...]

The Druids, St Patrick & The Temple of Deen

The Temple of Deen, Culdaff, County Donegal These granite rocks are the remains of a burial chamber known locally as the Temple of Deen. It is located near the village of Culdaff on the Inishowen [...]

A stunning Celtic cross, An important seat of learning and the GAA hurley emblem

Cloncha Cross, Culdaff, County Donegal This national monument is the Cloncha Cross. It dates from the 10th century AD and stands over 12-feet high. Its beautiful carvings are a hybrid of Christian and Celtic artwork [...]

Original old Irish cottage near Culdaff dating from approx 1800

Old Cottage, Culdaff, County Donegal This is a beautiful example of an unaltered traditional Irish cottage. The earliest cottages date from around 1700 as prior to that, our ancestors lived in round hut style dwellings [...]

One of Northern Ireland’s most iconic buildings, Secret tunnels & Led Zeppelin

Dunluce Castle, Bushmills, County Antrim This is one of Northern Ireland’s most iconic castles and its image is used extensively to market Northern Ireland as a holiday destination. This was a perfect defensive location to [...]

One of the best preserved medieval castles in the whole of Ireland

Carrickfergus Castle in county Antrim 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. Over the centuries the castle [...]

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

Lumen Cristi College (formerly St Columb’s College), Derry City 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 [...]

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

Magee College, Northland Road, Derry City This elegant building is Magee College, it was built in 1865 to the designs of the Dublin architect Edward Gribben in a Victorian Gothic style. Derry was then a [...]

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, Society Street, Derry City St Augustine’s Church was built in a Gothic style in 1872 is locally known as 'The wee church on the walls'. Derry is one of the oldest continuously [...]

Dedicated to the 13 Apprentice Boys who closed the city gates in 1688

The Apprentice Boys of Derry Memorial Hall is located on Society Street in Derry City. The building is dedicated to the memory of the 13 Apprentice Boys who closed the city gates in 1688 when [...]

Wolfe Tone, Eamon de Valera, Executions & Great escapes

This is the last remaining tower of the old Derry Jail located on Bishop Street in Derry City. Derry’s first prison was built around 1620 but was replaced a number of times. This tower dates [...]

Military barracks, MTV & Derry’s new cultural hub

The Clocktower Building is part of the Ebrington Barracks in Derry City that was used for soldiers' quarters and a military hospital. This site was originally known as 'Stronge's Orchard' and saw it's first action [...]

A cottage with a big light & sensational views

Dunree Lighthouse, Dunree Head, County Donegal Dunree Lighthouse is located nearly 150-feet above sea level on Dunree Head. It has spectacular views over Lough Swilly across to the Fanad Pennisula and out to the wild [...]

Thankfully saved after being condemned to the scrap heap

Buncrana Lighthouse, Buncrana, County Donegal This little lighthouse stood at this location for 133 years between 1876 until 2009 after which it was condemned to the scrap yard. The Buncrana Historical Society however convinced the [...]

Rebellion, The O’Doherty’s & The Flight of the Earls

Burt Castle, Burt, County Donegal Burt Castle is one of the most recognizable castles in Donegal. It is located on a small hill overlooking Lough Swilly which would have originally been a small island surrounded [...]

Once the home to Agnes Jones – the great nursing pioneer

Fahan House, Fahan, County Donegal Fahan House is a beautiful Georgian house built around 1765 on the shores of Lough Swilly. The most famous resident to occupy his house was Agnes Jones (1832-64), the nursing [...]

The Squealin’ Pig Pub, Muff. county Donegal

The best name and address for any pub in the entire universe...Keep her country!!

A cross with sundial, St Patrick’s foot & A romantic hole stone

The Cooley Cross is located on the outskirts of  Moville in county Donegal. This was the location of a 6th century monastery founded by St.Finian. The cross dates to the 8th or 9th centuries a.d [...]

A lighthouse on the passage to America & Australia

Strove Lighthouse, Strove, County Donegal Strove Lighthouse is located on a beautiful blue flag beach where Lough Foyle meets the wild Atlantic in north co.Donegal. This shipping lane has been used for hundreds of years [...]

A modern masterpiece of design based on St Peter’s fishing boat

The Church of All Saints, Newtowncunningham, County Donegal This beautifully designed Catholic Church was built in 1999 at a cost of €1.2 million. The design is based on St Peter's fishing boat (or barque) as [...]

Belfast’s oldest & finest Georgian building & The Poor House

Clifton House is located on Clifton Street in Belfast City. If you like the Georgian style of architecture this is regarded as one of Belfast's finest, It was built in 1774 by The Belfast Charitable [...]

Belfast’s leaning tower of Pisa, The Albert & A famous landmark

The Albert Memorial Clock, Queen's Square, Belfast City The Albert Memorial Clock stands 141-feet high and is sometimes described as Belfast’s leaning tower of Pisa. Its tilt is blamed by the fact that it was [...]

One of the finest buildings of it’s era, Titanic craftsmanship & Durban City Hall

Belfast City Hall is located on Donegall Square in Belfast City. It is regarded as one of the finest buildings of it's era in the United Kingdom. Plans began in 1888 when Belfast was awarded [...]

Once the World’s largest cranes and shipyard

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 [...]

The best views of Belfast Lough from one the finest Victorian superpads

Belfast Castle, Cavehill, Belfast City Belfast Castle is set on the slopes of Cavehill Country Park at 400-feet above sea level. It has beautiful gardens and spectacular views overlooking Belfast Lough. Belfast's first castle was [...]

St Columba, Bishop Hervey & A stunning interior

Derry takes it's name from the Irish word 'doire' meaning oak grove. Oak groves were regarded as sacred places for the ancient Celts before Christianity arrived. This area was originally a small wooded island surrounded [...]

A Victorian masterpiece, Big Ben’s little brother, Bombed & burnt (but still telling the time)

The Guildhall, Derry City This impressive piece of architecture is Derry's Guildhall. It was built in 1887 using red sandstone and its eclectic style is described as ‘neo-Gothic with Tudor overtones’. It has the second [...]

The 1st Cathedral built in the British Isles after the Reformation & Derry’s oldest surviving building

St Columb’s Cathedral, London Street, Derry City St Columb's Cathedral was built in 1633 at the highest point in Derry City on the site of a former Cistercian Nunnery. It is Derry's oldest surviving building [...]

Danny Boy, The O’Cahan’s & The Flight of the Earls

Dungiven Castle, Dungiven, County Derry Dungiven Castle was the ancestral home of the O'Cahans who ruled this area for hundreds of years. In 1607 Sir Donnell O’Cahan was implicated in treason and had his lands and [...]

A castle with an unusual design, The O’Neill’s & Harry Avery

Harry Avery's Castle, Newtownstewart, County Tyrone This State Care Monument is named after Harry Avery O'Neill, a 14th century local chieftain. The structure is considered unusual because Gaelic chieftains of the time rarely built stone [...]

One of Northern Ireland’s most famous landmarks

Scrabo Tower, Newtownards, County Down Scrabo Tower stands majestically 125-feet high on a hill 540-feet above sea level and is one of Northern Ireland’s most famous landmarks. The site was originally the location of a [...]

Northern Ireland’s Parliament Building, Cow manure & Never, Never, Never!

Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast City This impressive structure is the Parliament Building for Northern Ireland, better known as Stormont. In 1920, when 'The Government of Ireland Act' was established in Northern Ireland, plans were launched [...]

The Hag’s Chair, The Ring of Gullion & Absolutely worth re-erecting

The Ballykeel Dolmen, Camlouth, County Armagh This classic example of a tripod portal tomb or dolmen is locally known as 'The Hag's Chair' and dates from around c.3200 BC. When excavated in 1963, plain and [...]

Once the World’s leading centre for shirt making

The Star Factory, Foyle Road, Derry City The Star Factory was built in 1899 for The Messrs. Bayer Company. Between 1880 and the 1920s Derry was the principal seat of the shirt industry in the British [...]

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

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, Ballintoy, County 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 'Bendhu' after the [...]

Voted no.1 tourist attraction in the World

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 is now the 2nd most visited in [...]

The seat of the O’Neills, Grainan of Aileach & Sun worship

Grainan of Aileach, Burt. County Donegal      fort - c. 700 a. d.   site - c. 1700 b. c. Grainan of Aileach is located on a hilltop 800 feet above sea level and its name [...]

One of the largest, earliest & most beautiful stone circles in Ireland

The Beltany Stone Circle, Raphoe, County Donegal The Beltany Stone Circle is one of the largest and earliest stone circles in Ireland with a diameter of 145-feet. It originally comprised of 80 upright stones of [...]

One of the most strategically important forts in Ireland, Wolfe Tone & Lough Swilly

Dunree Fort, Dunree, County Donegal Dunree Fort is strategically situated near the mouth of Lough Swilly in an area of stunning natural beauty. It has been attacked many times over the years by nearly everyone [...]

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