Londonderry or Derry is Northern Ireland's second largest city tucked into a protective harbour dug deep into the north coast of Northern Ireland. Cold waters wash into its Lough Foyle from the mighty Atlantic bringing with them many ships.
As early as the 6th Century, formalized religion was being felt. St. Columba settled here long enough to establish an abbey. Vikings repeatedly attacked St. Columba's abbey and invaded the surrounding village. Residents survived and went on to repair their walls so they could continue to serve as a defence against marauders. These ancient and impressive walls are reputed to be Britain's finest. Historians state that they present an accurate image of how they looked more than 350 years ago. Visitors can literally circumnavigate Londonderry via this massive wall system. You can also step inside Londonderry's St Columb's Cathedral which dates back to the 17th Century.
Visitors can use this city as a base for exploring the Giant's Causeway, formed over 60 million years ago by volcanic activity and now a UNESCO world heritage site, Glenveagh National Park and Castle and the Glens of Antrim. Portrush and the Bushmills Distillery can also be reached from here. Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal is well worth exploring. It is the most northerly part of Ireland, Lough Swilly forms its westerly boundary and Lough Foyle its eastern. Celtic crosses and the pagan monuments of an earlier age grow from the landscape as well as castle towers and ancient churches.
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