Donegal Castle, meaning «fort of the foreigner », is situation along the River Eske near Donegal Bay in Donegal Town, north west Ireland. It was built by the O’Donnell chieftain, who ruled Donegal for over a thousand years, in the 15th century. Later it was extended in the 17th century by Sir Basil Brooke who built the rectangular tower and added the banqueting hall. It was the Earl of Arran who donated the castle to the Office of Public Works in 1898. For the last two centuries most of the castle was in ruins until the 1990s when it was fully restored. Around the limestone and sandstone Jacobean style building is a 17th century boundary wall.
The castle can be visited, inside you’ll find a collection of Persian rugs and French tapestries, as well as panels which cover the history of the castles owners from the O’Donnells to the Brooke family. Tour guides are available each hour and the admission fee is of 4€ for adults and 2€ for children and students. Seniors and groups are charged 3€. It is open for visits from 9.30am to 6.30pm from mid June to October. The castle is often used for hosting events, such as Gaelic cultural evenings.
Bob Marley Mausoleum
Dieser Ort dürfte ein muss für alle Fans des Reggae sein. Hier, wo Bob Marley geboren wurde und für den letzten Lebensabschnitt zurückkehrte befindet sich ein Mausoleum mit seinen sterblichen Überresten und persönlichen Gegenständen, wie einer Bibel, seiner Gitarre, dem Zweig einer Ganjapflanze und einem Ring, den er angeblich von Haile Selassie bekommen haben soll. Hier wird sicher immer ein Angehöriger der Marleys zu finden sein, der bereit ist Anekdoten über Bob zu erzählen. Die Landschaft der Umgebung war für viele Songs eine Inspiration und vermittelt einen typischen Eindruck von Jamaika.
Man erreicht Nine Mile von Ocho Rios in Richtung Montego Bay und dann nach links Richtung Browns Town. Danach Ausschilderung folgen. Busse fahren auch dort hin.
Cave Hill Country Park
The park covers more than 750 acres of green hills and a forest. This nature spot provides breeding grounds for wildlife, both plants and animals. The look-out area, McArt's Fort offers panoramic views of Belfast Lough, Belfast port and nearby towns of Country Antrim.
The locations of Belfast Castle and Belfast Zoo, including caves are part of the archaeological and historical grounds of Cave Hill Country Park. There are designated walk paths and trails/routes for better access to the look-out point and other scenic spots of the park.
The Cave Hill Visitor Centre is housed at Belfast Castle for additional information about the park and other scenic attractions within the area. Admission and parking in the park are free everyday.
The Giants Causeway
The Giants Causeway is a natural phenomenon which was formed 60 million years ago by volcanic activity. Ten thousands of basalt columns are rising from the sea. As well as the site there is also a Visitors Centre where one can watch audio-visual presentations about the Giants Causeway, a coffee shop, bureau de change and a souvenir shop.
In 1986 the Giants' Causeway was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.
The site can be reached by car, by train or by bus. The Center is open daily from 10.00 - 17.00 (closes at 16.30 November - February).