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Donegal

Malin HeadDuring the second world war 83 lookout points were established to monitor shipping and aircraft activity.
Originally large EIRE signs were made avoid any accidental landing in Ireland. Later, numbers were added as navigation aids for pilots.
ArdfarnAn Irish history book written by a Franciscan brother and 3 lay people. It covers a period from AD 2242 to 1616. It was compiled in or near Ardfarn.
Mamore GapRegarded as one of the harder climbs, there are spectacular views of the Fanad Peninsula and Lough Swilly.
Grianan of AileachThe hilltop site has 360 degree views and the site has been occupied since the stone age.
The fort was built in the sixth or seventh century and destroyed in the eleventh century. It was excavated and rebuilt in 1870.

Derry

Free Derry Corner
A free standing gable wall declaring the nationalist area of the bogside. There are 12 gable murals painted by local artists.
Bellaghy BawnA relic of the Plantation of Ulster.
KilreaUsually seen in fields standing alone this fairy thorn was the only known urban one. It was mentioned an article in 1770. Unfortunatly it died recently and was replaced.
Manannan Mac Lir GortmoreA small road up to the monument gives great views on a clear day across Donegal and in good conditions the western islands of Scotland.

Antrim

Dark Hedges, Armoy
The trees are between 200-300 years old and recently made famous in the Game of Thrones TV series.
Dunluce CastleA ruined cliff castle. The Antrim coast road is a must do for cyclists with views of Scottish Islands.
LoughareemaDespite geological surveys this phenomena is not understood.
Toome Bridge Eel FisheryLough Neagh is the biggest lake in Ireland. The eel fisheries here are the biggest supplier of wild eels in Europe. Pollan a fresh water white fish is fished commercailly here. Pollan is also in some other big lakes but its not found any where else in western Europe.

Tyrone

Glenelly Valley
A glaciated valley providing access to the Sperrins highest peaks including the mighty Sawel peak at 678 metres.
Beaghmore Stone CirclesThis site has been inhabited since 2900 BC
Dungannon Old Police StationBuilt in 1871 the plans for this station were believed to be mixed up with ones from the Kyber pass. It was closed as a police station in 1982.
Wellbrook Beetling MillPossibly the last working beetling mill in Ulster. The linen industry was started by mostly French Hugenots who were persecuted in France. They were offered land as part of the Ulster plantation.

Fermanagh

Janus Figure, Boa Island
In Caldragh Cemetery there are two ancient stone statues. The biggest one is a two faced figure believed to be a Celtic god. The smaller one is known as ‘Lusty Man’ as it is from Lusty island. Known as Janus figures, a Roman god of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, duality, doorways, passages, frames, and endings.
Cliffs of MaghoThe cliffs are an area of Special Scientific Interest with great diversity of woodland species. On a clear day you can see neighbouring counties.
Marlbank ViewpointGood views of Lough MacNean and drumlins. The natural history of this area can be traced back as far as 340 million years when it was covered by a tropical sea.
Castle ArchdaleAn RAF base for flying boats to patrol the North Atlantic and protect shipping from U boats.

Cavan

Shannon Pot Head
The source of the Shannon is not here but this is where its first seen. The Shannon is 280 Kilometers long and is the biggest river in Ireland.
KillnkereBorn at this cross road General Sheridan went on to eventually become General in Chief of the US army.
Cavan BurrenA relic landscape of archaeological and geological features. This site was inhabited at the start of the Neolitic period.
BlacklionBlacklion was the first place in Co Cavan to get the potato blight.

Monaghan

Mullan Village
A purpose built flax mill village.
St Peter’s Church, LaraghA restored tin church built in a Gothic Swiss style. There are not many of these left. It was deconsecrated in 1962.
Inishkeen Round Tower and MonastaryThe St Daig’s monastery was attacked and pillaged by Vikings in 984.
Drum VillageNo catholic church or GAA club

Armagh

Master McGrath Statue, Lurgan
A famous grey hound remembered in a ballad.
Battle of the Diamond Memorial, LoughgallThe formation of the Orange Order.
Slieve GullionThe Ring of Gullion was formed when a volcano collapsed into itself forming a ring dyke. The mountain is named after a legendary Blacksmith, Culann who lived on its slopes.
BessbrookBessbrook was a model village built for the linen industry by Quakers. Three of the founding principal’s was no public houses, no pawn shops and therefore no need of a police station.

Down

Spelga Dam
A nice climb into the Mourne mountains
Burr PointBig Bow Meel island (900 meters off Ards Peninsula) is the most easterly point
Annalog Corn MillA restored watermill from 1830 in a picturesque harbour with many of its original components.
Hillsborough CastleThere was a shortage of metal for armaments in WW2. The gates were taken down for this but were installed at Hillsborough Castle. Richhill has been looking for their return.

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