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Londonderry town guide

Londonderry, or Derry according to your persuasion, has a special place in the minds of all the inhabitants of the Island of Ireland. In most towns and cities in Ireland you are never far from stunning countryside and this particularly true here.

Whilst the history of "Derry" has at times been turbulent and difficult, that very history gives rise to traditions and events that if approached in the right way by the visitor can be colourful, vibrant and simply an expression of a shared cultural experience without any darker undertones.

The old centre of the city is surrounded by one mile of walls. Their history is explained in the award winning Tower Museum, together with the history of the City. St. Columb's and St. Eugene's Cathedrals give an insight into Ulster's fascinating history.

From Derry you can hire a car and visit the nearby Donegal countryside or venture further to see the Giant's Causeway on the stunning Antrim coast. This geological formation where 40,000 symmetrical columns rise dramatically from the sea is an amazing sight.

Nearby, you can take a trip on the recently renovated Bushmills steam railway and visit the oldest distillery in the world for a guided tour and whiskey tasting.

Close to the city are the Sperrin Mountains a perfect location for walking, biking and fishing. To the north east of the city is Rathlin Island, where the rugged cliffs are home to the biggest seabird colony in Europe.

For anyone interested in golf there are many famous golf courses in this area.

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