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Stage 3: Armagh to Dublin Road Stage (Sunday 11 May 2014)

Route Overview

Start: Armagh

Armagh Cathedrals at NightThere are many special things to experience in Ireland's ecclesiastical capital.  These include two cathedrals dedicated to Saint Patrick, the ancient mythological site of Navan Fort, unmatched Georgian architecture, the amazing green space of the Mall, stunning historic houses and the vibrant colours of the Apple Blossom season each May - Armagh is renowned as the 'Orchard County or the 'Orchard of Ireland''.

Look out for:

The two St. Patrick's Cathedrals - Catholic and Church of Ireland; The Navan Centre which explores the adjoining, ancient provincial capital of 'Emain Macha' or Navan Fort; Armagh Planetarium where you can learn about the cosmos; the fascinating Armagh Public Library, one of Ireland's oldest.

Marker 2: Richhill

Richhill, Co. ArmaghRichhill is a large village situated in the heart of County Armagh, approximately half way between Armagh City and Portadown.  Built between 1664-69, Richhill Castle is one of the most prominent features of the village and is steeped in history.

Look out for:

Loughgall Country Park with its lake, walks and bridle path; the beautiful pink flowers during the Apple Blossom season each May here in the county's apple-growing region.

Marker 3: Newtownhamilton

Fews Forest, Co. ArmaghNewtownhamilton is a small rural village which lies in the heart of South Armagh, close to the Fews Forest.  The village is built around two narrow main streets (Armagh Street and Dundalk Street) and a town square.

Look out for:

Carrigatuke Viewpoint, rising above the Fews Forest, with its panoramic views of the surrounding hills and mountains. 

NI End stage: Forkhill

Forkhill, Co. ArmaghForkhill nestles among the rugged hills of the Ring of Gullion in South Armagh.  This geological wonder is known as a ring dyke and is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  In the quiet rural village you can enjoy a regular traditional music session in The Welcome Inn, and nearby you can go pony trekking through the scenic terrain.

Look out for:

Nearby Slieve Gullion Forest Park, home to a scenic drive, adventure playpark and the start point for ascending the mythical summit of Slieve Gullion.

Final Stage (Republic of Ireland)

This final stage then crosses the border heading towards Dundalk, Castlebellingham and Drogheda. The route continues along the coast through Skerries, Swords, Malahide and Clontarf before finishing in Merrion Square, Dublin.

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