AN INSIGHT INTO THE KEY MOMENTS OF HISTORY IN THE NORTHWEST OF IRELAND

The Northwest has been subject to a number of historical events that have shaped the landmarks that can be found throughout. From the unique set of walls that surround the city of Derry to the mythical giant that shaped the coast and the history of epic castles that scatter the landscape, you will discover it all from our local experts.

Derry and Donegal History Blog

Wild Atlantic Way

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The Wild Atlantic Way is a sensational journey of soaring cliffs and buzzing towns and cities, of hidden beaches and epic bays. So whether you drive it from end-to-end, or dip into it as the […]

Craft Village in Derry

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Dickensian in appearance and delightful in it’s layout, Derry’s Craft Village is the ultimate refuge of the startled visitors as a whole new world beckons from the margins of the bustling city. The step back […]

Game of Thrones Scene (Co Donegal)

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Glenveagh Castle is a 19th century castellated mansion and was built between 1867 and 1873. Its construction in a remote mountain setting was inspired by the Victorian idyll of a romantic highland retreat.

Glenveagh National Park is one of […]

Game of Thrones Scene (Co Down)

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In the journey of this tour you can see the Riverrun, River Quoile, this is wherbe Robb’s army needs to cross the Trident, so Catelyn Stark goes to bargain with Walder Frey to seek permission.

Next is Winterfell, Castle Ward, […]

Game of Thrones Scene (Co Antrim)

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The Iron Islands, Ballintoy Harbour, is the first stop on this trip and is where the Game of Thrones shot the stunning scene where Theon Greyjoy arrives back in the Iron Islands. This is also where he first […]

Visit Dunluce Castle

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Enjoy the scenery all around and have a closer look at the rocks and ocean from the steps which lead below the castle.

Look closely at the information stands. See how […]

Explore Malin Head

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See the Tower and climb the rocks at the topmost point in Ireland.  See where the Radio Station sits on lower land.

Below Banba’s Crown is a path winding along the coast […]

See the spectacular Grianan of Aileach.

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Leading up to the fort is a long winding road and once at the top the view is amazing with a backdrop of craggy mountain tops, the Foyle to the North, the Swilly […]

Downhill House and Mussenden Temple

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In the demesne, the lands around the House and temple, are various places of interest.

The Bishop’s Gate with its Gothic gate lodge with symbolic carvings such as the bishop’s mitre and […]

A look at Malin Town

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Stroll around the peaceful plantation town beside the bridge with ten spans and a triangular green as it was all those years ago.

 

Compare the architecture of the three churches, one decorative […]

Visit Donegal Town

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From the carpark, walk under the arbour to the visitor centre.  Here there are toilets, a restaurant and very well laid out interesting audio-visual shows, displays and models telling of the park and […]

Doagh Famine Village – A llok at high people lived during the plague.

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Join this conducted tour and be sure to be thoroughly impressed by all that there is to see and hear.

In The Wake House hear all that might have happened to the […]

A Historic Glenveagh National Park visit.

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From the carpark, walk under the arbour to the visitor centre.  Here there are toilets, a restaurant and very well laid out interesting audio-visual shows, displays and models telling of the park and […]

The Giant’s Causeway and the Legend of the North Coast

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These rocks are the ideal place to sit, stare, climb, wonder, explore and find.  Find the giant’s boot, said to be size 93.5, sit in the wishing chair where once only ladies were […]

How Glenveagh National Park came to be

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Glenveagh National Park now is managed by National Parks and Wildlife Service but originally passed through the hands of several owners.

The ancient name for Glenveagh was Derryveagh which means ‘forest of oak and […]

How The Giants Causeway formed

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Scientists believe that 60 million years ago volcanic eruptions caused lava to slowly ooze out of the earth. It cooled rapidly and contracted forming 40 thousand interlocking columns made of black basalt.  Some […]

The Plantation of Ulster

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The Plantation of Ulster

 

6 Counties – Donegal Armagh Fermanagh Derry Tyrone and Cavan

 

This was the taking over of Irish lands from Gaelic Chiefs such as the O’Donnells by the British when […]

Penal Laws

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Penal Laws

 

Penal laws were imposed after the Reformation in an attempt to force Roman Catholics and dissenters, such as Presbyterians, to accept a particular religion as set down by British Rule.

If […]

The History of Donegal Town

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Donegal Town

 

Donegal Town sits at the estuary of the River Eske and the opening of Donegal Bay with a back drop of the Blue Stack Mountains.  The name means ‘Fort of the Foreigners’, […]

Doagh Famine Village

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Doagh Famine Village

 

At a turn off the R 238 from Carndonagh to Ballyliffen and then 4 km along a narrow winding road is The Famine Village.  It is situated on The Isle of […]

How Malin Town came to be

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Where the River Ballyboe meets Trawbreaga Bay sits Malin Town which is a 17 th Century Plantation town. Coming from the Carndonagh direction, an impressive ten arch bridge leads into the small compact town built […]

Downhill House and Mussenden Temple

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Downhill House was built in the early 1770’s for Bishop Frederick Hervey as his holiday home. It stands between Downhill Strand and the village of Castlerock on land which belonged to the church. It goes […]

The Story of Grianan of Aileach

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This is a stone ring fort which sits on an exposed hilltop 800 feet above sea level in Innishowen, Co Donegal.

It is thought to have been built in the 6 th or 7 th Century but […]

The history of the Derry Walls – the only complete city walls in the world

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In 1608 the small town of Derry, once named Doire meaning Oakgrove, was in ruins after the onslaught by the Irish rebellion against the invasion of the English. Elizabeth 1 ordered the building of walls to […]