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Known as the Orchard County for its rich apple-growing culture, Armagh is blanketed each May with the pink blossoms of apple trees, but it’s a beautiful place to visit at any time of year. The city itself is a fine example of Georgian elegance, and the rest of the county has plenty to offer.
Lough Neagh Discovery Park offers a window on Ireland’s biggest lake, with 6 km of trails, five birdwatching hides, wildflower meadows, and picnic areas. The centre stages innovative exhibitions throughout the year, and the Loughside café is the perfect place to relax and admire the Lough.
Gosford Forest Park is a 240-hectare expanse of woods and rolling parkland that was formerly part of Gosford Demesne in Markethill. The first conservation forest in Northern Ireland, it is home to a selection of heritage poultry, rare animal breeds, and red deer. The park has fascinating historic associations, playing host to Jonathan Swift as a frequent guest of the resident Acheson family
Head south-west of Newry and climb Slieve Gullion, a relatively undiscovered gem that offers one of the most magnificent views in Ireland. To the east, see Carlingford Lough extend northeast to Slieve Donard and the Mountains of Mourne; the the north, the hills of Antrim loom; the Sperrins roll off to the northwest from Lough Neagh; and the plains of the Midlands unfurl to the southwest.
Located just outside Armagh city, the legendary Emain Macha (Navan Fort) is one of Ireland’s most celebrated and significant archaeological sites. Headquarters of famous Red Branch Knights, heroes of the Ulster Cycle of tales, it is a place steeped in myth and history. The Navan Fort Centre is a facility that allows visitors to appreciate the area’s unique history.
The Newry Canal Way is a 32km route that passes through Armagh en route from Portadown to Newry via the towpath of Britain's first summit-level canal, which opened in 1741. If you don’t feel like walking the full route, you can meander along shorter sections. Moneypenny's Lock and Acton Lake offer exceptional scenery and wildlife, particularly migrating swans in winter.
Armagh Planetarium is an acclaimed astronomical educational establishment with a mission to bring astronomy to a wider audience. Using an approach called “learning by stealth,” the centre brings outer space closer in an exciting and fun way.
Armagh is the only city in the world with two cathedrals dedicated to the same saint. Take a guided tour of Saint Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, the saint’s first church in Ireland, where there is an unbroken line of Bishops since Saint Patrick in 445 A.D. Across the city, the Roman Catholic cathedral is an imposing building dating from 1840.
The oldest library in Northern Ireland, Armagh Public Library is wonderful resource, both for dedicated researchers and for visitors to the county. Next to the library, at No. 5 Vicar’s Hill, you’ll find the Registry, where many lovely items from the library’s collections are housed.
Based in the Manor Estate and Country Park in Loughgall, the annual Apple Blossom Festival takes place in May every year and features a number of events across Armagh to celebrate the county’s renown as an apple-growing area. Particularly in the north of the Orchard County, Bramley apple blossom blankets the fields at this time of year.
The William Kennedy Piping Festival was launched in 1994 as a tribute to the life and work of the 18th century piper from Banbridge. Organised by Armagh Pipers’ Club, it attracts pipers from across Ireland and the world to the city for a celebration of all things pipes-related in November.
2.1km from Killylea
This property has been sympathetically restored to create a stunning and spacious two-storey luxury house. Set at the end of a tree-lined driveway, among five acres of grounds, the property is home to hens and ducks providing free-range eggs, together with a welcome food pack and flowers on arrival.
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The property has a large open-plan kitchen and living room with satellite TV and integrated appliances. There are two bedrooms - one double and one twin, supplied with high-quality bed linen. The bathroom has a corner bath and a separate shower. Towels, bed linen, and WiFi are included. There are free range hens and ducks for the children to feed. A food welcome pack and flowers are provided on arrival.
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