Beyond the city
As you move out of the city, you'll notice that the very landscape of County Armagh is tied to its ancient legacy. Navan Fort, a short jaunt outside the city, is the site of an ancient pagan ceremonial site dedicated to the Celtic goddess Macha. Court cairns and dolmens, used by Neolithic people as burial markers, can be found dotted across the land. The largest of these is the Ballykeel dolmen, a tomb constructed from giant stones hauled from the earth.
In the present day, Armagh comes alive with colour every May, as the Apple Blossom Festival strikes up in celebration of the Bramley apple. This venerable variety of fruit covers the Armagh countryside – about 6,000 acres of trees, centred around the village of Loughgall, produce about 40,000 tonnes of apples each year. These are used in baking, apple sauce, juices and ciders. The festival itself is a lively affair with music, orchard tours and food and drink flowing freely.