|Things To Know
Mists of Time
From Dublin to Kerry
Islands and Lakes
The Gaelic Lifestyle
Farther north is the remote county of Mayo, where you can follow the pilgrims' route up the Holy Mountain of Croagh Patrick,
if you feel fit enough for the grueling four-hour clamber over rough rocks. Beyond Mayo are Sligo and Donegal, and golden
beaches and tumbling Atlantic surf. Lakes and remote peninsulas enhance north Donegal, where the coast turns east toward the
beautiful yet troubled city of Londonderry, gateway to Northern Ireland and the six counties of Ulster.
This British-ruled area has been riven for decades by sectarian violence and a divisiveness that is still struggling to resolve
itself. Ulster's image has suffered much from “the Troubles” (the resumption of political violence since 1969), yet the beauty
of its coast and countryside is of classic Irish quality.
The Giant's Causeway area, on County Antrim's north coast, is an astonishing landscape of perfectly formed hexagonal rock sections. Farther east lies the seaside town of Ballycastle, beyond which are the towering cliffs of Fair Head and then the green and peaceful Antrim Glens. South of Antrim lies Belfast, Ulster's capital, a city that has shown a grim face for far too long, and one that might yet be recognized, along with all of Ulster, for its majority of law-abiding, determined and hardworking citizens and for its deeply rooted Ulster-Irish traditions.