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County Armagh

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County Armagh named after its county town, Armagh, one of the traditional counties of Ireland and one of six counties that form Northern Ireland. In the city of Armagh, two magnificent cathedrals gaze at each other across a valley. Hundreds of years ago, this is where St Patrick chose to establish his original church, and ever since Armagh has served as the ecclesiastical centre for the island. The two cathedrals, one Church of Ireland and one Roman Catholic, are magnificent structures that are well worth the climb to admire – plus, you'll get to enjoy fantastic views over this glorious pocket-sized city.

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MARCH - MAY High 12.58°c Low 4.84°c Precipitation 0.18mm/hr
JUNE - AUGUST High 19.13°c Low 10.9°c Precipitation 0.21mm/hr
SEPTEMBER - NOVEMBER High 13.12°c Low 6.21°c Precipitation 0.1mm/hr
DECEMBER - FEBRUARY High 8.91°c Low 2.82°c Precipitation 0.15mm/hr

THINGS TO DO IN County Armagh

County Armagh's boundary with Louth is marked by the rugged Ring of Gullion rising in the south of the county whilst much of its boundary with Monaghan and Down goes unnoticed with seamless continuance of drumlins and small lakes. The River Blackwater marks the border with County Tyrone and Lough Neagh otherwise marks out the County's northern boundary. There are also several uninhabited islands in the county's section of Lough Neagh: Coney Island Flat, Croaghan Flat, Padian, Phil Roe's Flat and the Shallow Flat.

Oxford Island

County Armagh
Oxford Island is located on the South-Eastern shore of Lough Neagh, Co Armagh. Much of the area is designated as a National Nature due to the diversity and local importance of habitats such as reed beds, open water, wildlife ponds, forests and wildflower meadows. The Woodland Wander, Old Shoreline Walk, Kinnego Meadow Trail and Kinnego Pond Trail. These are the names of the dedicated Walking trails at Oxford Island where the Public can enjoy the sounds and sights of nature. Designed for all abilities of mobility the trails can lead onto further branching footpaths just off the beaten track, venturing deeper but safely into the Nature reserve.

Loughgall Country Park

County Armagh
Loughgall Country Park is a rural haven of relaxation and recreation. A diverse spectrum of activities ranging from golf to walking, fishing to tennis make this spacious complex a mecca for families, sports enthusiasts and those merely in search of a helping of tranquility. The emphasis, indeed, is very much on family pursuits. Walking, cycling, a children’s play area, golf, fishing, an adventure trail, trim trail, football pitch and tennis courts are just some of the amenities on offer. There’s something for everyone, from the zealous sports lover to the casual visitor who relishes the outdoor life. The extensive facilities offer considerable scope for pursuing a healthy lifestyle while at the same time providing an invaluable recreational outlet for children, even those of a very young age.

Palace Demesne Park

County Armagh
Situated within walking distance of the City Centre, for over two hundred years, the undulating parkland of the Palace Demesne has been one of the glories of Armagh. The Demesne, comprising some 300 acres, is the creation of Archbishop Richard Robinson. The Palace was the residence of the Archbishops of the Church of Ireland from 1770 to 1975. The Palace Demesne holds the famous 5K Park Run every Saturday morning, an undulating, picturesque two lap course. An undulating, picturesque two lap course which starts on tarmac and moves to trail paths through woods. Runners then go back onto tarmac through to natural woodland, back onto trail paths up a wee hill to the start / finish point.

LOCAL CUISINE

Soda bread is one of Northern Ireland’s griddle breads, it can be eaten straightaway, or cooked until golden in an Ulster fry. They are sometimes eaten with butter and homemade jam, or with savoury food such as smoked salmon, fresh fried eel, or thick dry-cured bacon. Soda bread is a soft, thick and fluffy bread. It was first baked in the 1800s in Ireland, and local people used baking soda to cause the dough to rise

GETTING HERE

Of course, there’s nothing like the freedom of having your own four wheels – hired or otherwise. Northern Ireland is fortunate to have excellent roads and excellent scenery. Just a hint – you’ll know you’ve crossed into Armagh when the surrounding area has become populated by apple trees. This is, after all, Orchard County. It’s also a county made for detours. Slieve Gullion Forest Park has a scenic drive that’s virtually a living postcard, and definitely worth clocking up a few extra miles for. Or, if you do need to get straight to the point – Armagh, that is – you can drive there from Belfast city comfortably, and more directly along the M1, in less than an hour. Make that an hour and a half if you started your journey at Belfast International Airport.