14 of the most breathtaking views in the province of Ulster, Ireland
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14 of the most breathtaking views in the province of Ulster, Ireland

IRELAND IS one beautiful country.

Whether it's miles of green fields and forests stretched out before you; the city's ancient walls and castles cast in orange light at dusk, or a series of islands standing proudly in the wild Atlantic ocean, every visitor to Ireland comes away completely in awe of the country's breathtaking beauty.

If we tried to list every gorgeous view in Ireland we'd be here forever, so we at the Irish Post have decided to break it down by province.

We've already covered Munster, Leinster, and Connacht, now get ready to explore the counties of Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Fermanagh, Antrim, Tyrone, Derry, Armagh and Down in the province of Ulster.

It's a unique province, not just for its gorgeous coastal scenery but because only three of its nine counties are in the Irish Republic: Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal, with the remaining six making up Northern Ireland.

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But we're here to show you some of the most awe-inspiring views on either side of the border.

Here are 14 of the best views in the Province of Ulster.

 

1 The Giant's Causeway, Co Antrim

2 Rathlin Island, County Antrim

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3 Tory Island, County Donegal

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"Guardians of Ballyness Bay" On the final stretch of road to ‘Ballyness Bay’ can be found this scene which overlooks many islands & strands along Donegal’s northern shore. Ireland has many stunning roads & viewpoints but there’s something special about the road to ‘Ballyness Bay’ that strikes excitement in me during approach. It’s possibly because there's so many locations, details & views that can be observed from one small area. There's always a sea breeze here which carries the most memorable sounds & smells, especially on warm summer days. These sheep are proudly watching over Ballyness Bay & trust me, this place really does need all the guardians it can get! Because unfortunately as we speak this pristine scenery is at great risk of being spoilt! Oyster harvesting co-operations are trying their best to lay their wire cages all across the shallows of this bay. These rusty cages are dirty eye sores that have completely ruined the surrounding views of every location they have been placed across our Irish shores. There is currently a “Save Ballyness Bay” campaign running to try & keep these oyster harvesting firms away. I just don’t understand how the ‘greed of man’ would prioritise over one of Ireland's most pristine bays? I pray the campaign is successful & Ballyness remains like this forever 🙏

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4 Mussenden Temple, County Derry

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5 Mourne Mountains, County Down

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6 Silent Valley Reservoir, Mourne Mountains, County Down

7 Lough Macnean, County Fermanagh

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8 Devenish Island, County Fermanagh

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9 Murder Hole Beach, County Donegal

10 Castle Leslie Estate, County Monaghan

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11 Cuilcagh Boardwalk, County Cavan / County Fermanagh 

12 Dún na Rí, County Cavan

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13 Beaghmore Stone Circles, County Tyrone

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“Beaghmore Stone Circles” – Can you solve this mystery? Beaghmore is a complex of early Bronze Age megalithic stone circles and cairns that was constructed around 2000 BC high up on the 'Sperrins Mountains'. Beaghmore complex consists of 7 stone circles & 12 burial cairns. To this very day it is a total mystery on what these standing stone circles where actually for? The only fact archaeologists know about the alignment of these stones is, If you look at the photo you will notice long rows of standing stones meeting the circles. These lines of stones match the summer sunrise equinox. If you look to the far right you will see a singular circle which is different from the other paired circles. It is unique in that the interior of the circle is filled with more than 800 smaller stones which have been placed upright within the circle and are known as “The Dragon’s Teeth”. The burial cairns are easier to understand. They are graves & cremated human remains have been found in some of these rock piles often contained in a small cyst. Unbelievably around 1000 BC peat bogland started to cover this complex. It was since buried & lost to history under 6ft of peat bog for over 3000 years! Only being re-discovered during peat cutting in the 1940s & excavated to show its original layout. There is a high possibility that even more circles & burials are still buried under the peat/turf surrounding this complex. Hopefully someday soon it will be unearthed & finally yield the answers on what the purpose of these standing stones really were? I have been studying the layout of stones on this photo for ages trying to somehow solve this ancient mystery but i'm admittedly still baffled???? If you can see any patterns or have any theories on why these stone circles & rows of standing stones were constructed then please share in the comments below. You may just be the first person to solve this 4000 year old riddle that even today is still lost to time…..

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14 Harry Avery's Castle, County Tyrone