Delve deep into Ireland’s history and Saint Patrick. Begin the tour in the city of Armagh, and see both the Anglican and the Roman Catholic St Patrick’s Cathedrals, the County Museum and Saint Patrick’s Trian. Take the Darkley Road through ‘the Fews’ and scenic woodlands of Keady and Newtownhamilton to Newry, where you can visit Bagenal’s Castle, the Killevy Old Churches founded in 517AD and Kilnasaggart Stone.
Follow the Newry Road through Rathfriland, Castlewellan, and Clough, through to the town of Downpatrick. Here you’ll find the Struell Wells, the first holy wells in Ireland, the remains of the Inch Abbey that date back to 1180, the Saul Church, Down Cathedral and St Patrick’s grave. Head to Strangford and take the car ferry to Portaferry, then follow the Portaferry Road to Greyabbey where you’ll find the splendid ruins of a Cistercian Abbey. Heading north drive on to Newtownards and see the Movilla Abbey, then follow the N21 for Bangor where you can visit the north Down Museum and Bangor Abbey.