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

Carrickabraghy Castle is located on Doagh Island in co.Donegal. This was was one of a network of castles built to defend and protect the lands belonging to the O'Doherty clan in the late 1500's. This [...]

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

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, [...]

Once one of Ireland’s most impressive Norman castles, Robert the Bruce & the O’Donnells

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 Druids, St Patrick & The Temple of Deen

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 Pennisula in co.Donegal. It dates from between [...]

A stunning Celtic Cross, an important seat of learning and the GAA hurley bat

The Cloncha Cross is located in the village of Culdaff in county Donegal and dates from the 10th century a.d. This national monument stands over 12 feet high. It's beautiful carvings are a hybrid of [...]

Original old Irish cottage dating from approx 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 [...]

Northern Ireland’s most iconic castle, Secret escape tunnels & Led Zeppelin

Dunluce Castle is located in Bushmills in county Antrim. This is one of Northern Ireland's most iconic castles and it's image is used extensively to market Northern Ireland as a holiday destination. This was a [...]

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, 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 [...]

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 is located on Dunree Head in county Donegal. It is located nearly 150 feet above sea level and has incredible views over Lough Swilly to the Fanad Pennisula and out to the wild [...]

Thankfully saved after being condemned to the scrap heap

Buncrana Lighthouse is located on the sea promenade of Buncrana in county Donegal. It stood here for 133 years between 1876 until 2009 after which it was condemned to the scrap yard. The diligent Buncrana [...]

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

Burt Castle is one of the most recognizable castles in Donegal being located on a small hill overlooking Lough Swilly. This would have originally been a small island surrounded by tidal marshland. It was built [...]

Once the home to Agnes Jones – the great nursing pioneer

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 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 is located on a beautiful blue flag beach where Lough Foyle meets the wild Atlantic in north county Donegal. This shipping lane was used extensively by oceanliners carrying immigrants to America and Australia. [...]

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

The Church of All Saints is located in Newtowncunningham in 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 [...]

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 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, [...]

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 is set on the slopes of Cavehill Country Park four hundred feet above sea level. It has spectacular views overlooking Belfast Lough and beautiful gardens. Belfast's original Norman castle built in the 12th [...]

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 [...]

Big Ben’s little brother, Bombed, burnt & rising from the ashes

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 [...]

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

St Columb's Cathedral was built between 1628 and 1633 at the highest point in Derry City on the site of a former Cistercian Nunnery. It is Derry's oldest surviving building and is also the first [...]

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

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

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

Harry Avery's Castle is located on the hill behind the village of Newtownstewart in county Tyrone. It is named after Harry Avery O'Neill, the 14th century local chieftain. The structure is considered unusual because Irish [...]

One of Northern Ireland’s most famous landmarks, famine relief & a 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, [...]

Northern Ireland’s parliament building was once covered in cow manure, Never, Never, Never!

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 [...]

The Hag’s Chair, The Ring of Gullion & Decorated grave goods

The Ballykeel Dolmen is located in Camlouth in co. Armagh and dates to between 4000 - 2500 b.c. This ancient area is known as 'The Ring of Gullion'. It contains many ancient tombs and has recently [...]

Once the World’s leading centre for shirt making

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

One of the largest & earliest stone circles in Ireland

This national monument is the Beltany Stone Circle, located in Raphoe in co.Donegal. It dates from between c.1400 b.c > 800 b.c and is one of the largest and earliest stone circles in Ireland with [...]

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

Dunree Fort is located near the town of Buncrana in co.Donegal. It is strategically situated near the mouth of Lough Swilly in an area of stunning natural beauty. It has been attacked many times over [...]

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