Derry – Northern Ireland

Derry is another walled city with many churches. From here it is possible to see the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The fortifications here originate in 1600 after an explosion in the cathedral in 1567 largely destroyed the town. One of the first planned towns in Ireland, the cannons of the city are some of the oldest around Europe. There has been a monastery here since 546 AD.

In the mountains, again we had a very dreary misty day. We went up to Grianan Ailligh. This stone fort is placed on a hilltop, today there were no sights to see, but if we are in the area again we may have to go back to it as the view is famous. This stone fort, has been here since around the birth of Christ, because of its location on the hill, it also had a sacred burial ground from around what could have been the Neolithic period, 3000 BC. We were not able to go in to them on the day we were there, but within the walls there are two long passages.

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