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Known as the spiritual capital of Ireland, County Armagh is a picturesque, soulful place with something to offer visitors of all ages. Enjoy history and culture in the county’s beautiful towns, or venture into the stunning, unspoilt countryside, emblematic of Northern Ireland.
County Armagh is known as the “Orchard County” because of its many apple orchards, largely located in the south-east. The county becomes awash with colour during the spring and summer months, as pink and white apple blossom spreads across the flatlands.
County Armagh’s border with Louth is marked by the rugged Ring of Gullion rising to the south. An area of outstanding natural beauty, the Ring of Gullion was the first ring dyke to be mapped and contains the highest peak in the county.
Head to Camagh Forest in the south-west of the county to experience an enchanting, unspoilt woodland, complete with fishing lakes, an anglers’ inn and ample picnic spots. The Fews Forest is wonderful wild walking territory - climb to the heights of Dead Man’s Hill and Carrickatuke for amazing views across the valley and forest below.
Lough Neagh marks the county’s northern boundary. There are a number of uninhabited islands on the river, including Coney Island, which is situated just over half a mile off the shore from Maghery Country Park. The island is a National Trust Park that offers walking trails through stunning forest and around rugged shores, with beautiful views over the river.
The county town of Armagh has been the spiritual capital of Northern Ireland for 1,500 years. It is the seat of both Catholic and Protestant Archbishops, making it the most venerated of Irish cities.
The Irish patron saint, St. Patrick, referred to Armagh as “my sweet hill” and built his stone church on the hill where the Anglican cathedral now stands.
Two miles west of Armagh city stands the great mound of Navan Fort, which was the stronghold of the kings of Ulster around 700 BC. The Navan Centre, close to the mound, offers a fantastic insight into Celtic culture, as well as the rituals and beliefs of pre-Christian Ireland.
Gosford Forest Park, located just outside of Markethill in the centre of County Armagh, comprises of 240 hectares of diverse woodland and open parkland. It was designated as the first conservation forest in Northern Ireland and is also home to Gosford Castle, a mock-Norman battlement, one of the few examples in the world.
Explore the rugged hills and official Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty scattered around County Armagh. Whether you’re looking for history, adventure or an opportunity to relax in nature, this mystical place is sure to charm and enchant.
Wonderful from start to finish. The staff couldn't do enough to help and the food was amazing. Cant wait to go back
Very welcoming. Some rooms have been refurbished - I saw one where friends were staying - they are lovely. Mine was not yet refurbished so rather dated but clean an comfortable.Breakfast was very good.
Nice property. Service in the Bar/Restaurant is especially terrible. Had to constantly ask for drinks, menu, next course and the bill. Ordered a dessert, they had ran out. Next morning at breakfast, ordered black pudding, they had run out. Only ones at breakfast. Bad sign. Too expensive for what ...
Excellent value for money with very welcoming staff and clean modern room. They even arranged an early morning breakfast for me. I will definitely be staying there again and have already recommended it to family and friends