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Hugging the north western littoral of Northern Ireland, County Derry is a region of unsurpassed natural beauty from its picture postcard coastal towns and fishing villages to the imposing Sperrin Mountains that majestically occupy the centre of the county. The main focal point and attraction to County Derry is Derry City,now one of Ireland's principal destinations for city breaks or long term vacations.
The handsome walled city of Derry, Ireland's fourth largest city is a pleasant surprise to many visitors in spite of the visual traces of its tumultuous past, commemmorating the civil rights movement and Bloody Sunday. The city is renowned for its vibrant music and pub scene where visitors can enjoy anything from traditional Irish to contemporary pop and rock on any given night of the week. Derry City has reinvented itself as a leading centre of arts and culture following the dimantling of border checkpoints which has brought optimism and renewal throughout. Why not soak up and take in the treasures of Derry City by strolling around the 17th Century City Walls and visiting the Tower Museum, chronicalling the history of Derry from its early monastic origins.
Outside of Derry City, a rich plethora of ancient and monastic treasures are waiting to be explored, all within easy reach of Northern Ireland's second city. Mount Sandel Fort and the Mesolithic site that occupies it is one of the most significant historic sites in the whole of Ireland where excavations in the mid 1970s uncovered the remains of a Stone Age settlement, highlighting the County Derry's position as the longest inhabited regions in Ireland, stretching as far back as 8th millennium BC. For preservation, the Mesolithic site is fenced off but can be appreciated at a distance. Traces of Derry's monastic past can be witnessed at The Monastery of Derry, dating from the 6th Century A.D within the boundaries of Derry City and according to legend, this magnificent site was established by St Columba, the founder of Iona off the west coast of Scotland.
Discover the natural beauty of County Derry and its rugged unspoiled coastline from Castlerock at the Antrim Border to the vast swathe of Lough Foyle, a mecca for ornithologists and bird watchers. The mature woodland expanse of Binevenagh Lough has a rich biodiversity, featuring both Arctic and Alpine flora. This particular region enjoys stunning bird's eye views at its higher altitudes along the Magillan Strand overlooking Lough Foyle and the mountainous region of Inishowen in Donegal, The Irish Republic. Carving deeply through the rocky and mountainous terrain south of Derry City, The River Foyle, one of Ireland's foremost waterways, is a popular spot for spate river fishing and as equally as pristine as the rivers of similar terrain in western Ireland and Northern Scotland.
One of the Derry's most popular holiday spots is irrefutably the Limavady district, home to vast swathe of golden beaches known as Benone Strand. Over the years, part of the area has developed into the Benone Tourist Complex providing a host of leisure activities from a challenging 9 hole golf course to swimming pools and walking in the designated Nature Reserve featuring trails around the sand dunes of this stunning coastal district. Visitors can discover the rich biodiversity of Benone Strand at the Natural History Exhibition which is of strong educational value to both children and adults alike. From the crystal clear waterfalls and cascades of the River Foyle and its tributaries to the cosmopolitan ambience of Derry City's vibrant pub and music scene, this beautiful county of many contrasts has a host of remarkable treasures that will enthrall you in every sense.
Please click on the Ulster map below to find out more information about nearby Irish counties.
There are 9 counties in Ulster Province.
Irish Republic: Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan.
Northern Ireland: Antrim, Armagh, Derry, Down,
Fermanagh and Tyrone.
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