The smallest of Northern Ireland's counties,
Armagh is a county of contrasts. From the
geological landscape of Slieve Gullion in the south
to the low lying drumlins in the north; from hill
farms to apple orchards; from ancient megalithic
tombs to modern architecture.
Armagh is a county steeped in history with
evidence of human settlement from c. 5000 BC;
at its centre, the important site at Navan Fort
and its position at the heart of the Ulster Cycle
of mythological tales.
In the middle of the county, Armagh city is best
known for its association with St Patrick and has
remained the centre of Christianity in Ireland
since he founded his principal church here in 445
AD. It quickly gained a reputation as the City of
Saints and Scholars.
The major urban area lies to the north-east;
Craigavon is a planned town based around the
older towns of Lurgan and Portadown. The rest
of the county is rural, with small towns and
villages sitting among the patchwork of drumlins
that cover the county.
Known as the Orchard County, Armagh is a
perfect size for touring and is at its best during
apple blossom time in May.
All this and more is featured in over 140 glorious
images by expert photographer Darren
Darren McLoughlin has always had a
passion for the environment, history and
Ireland. Graduating with a degree in
Geography he went on to work in
archaeology, then as a company
manager, until in 2006 he became a
full-time photographer specialising in
landscape, travel and architectural
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 1 84114 971 4, hardback, 214x230mm, 144 pages. Published October 2009.