Northern Ireland is an area of stunning
natural beauty. But its true treasure is the
historic hand of man. From quiet dolmen
stones nestled in the countryside and
standing stones striding across the landscape
to dramatic castles dominating seascapes, the
eras of mankind have stamped their passing
across the land.
And every site comes with a fascinating tale.
The megalithic monuments inspire stories of
fairies and giants and are the ancient legends
expressed in stone and earth. Christianity
and accounts of the early saints have left a
stamp on the land with old church ruins, holy
well pilgrimage sites and the emblematic
round tower.And ghost yarns abound in the
fortified tower houses and castles of the
Anglo-Scottish Plantation landowners.
Many sites are well signposted and easy to
find. But some require a good map and
perseverance to locate. And it is the engaging
pleasure of meeting locals to find the latter
that makes this journey special.
From the wilds of the mountains to the
gentility of Georgian towns, Diana Dicker
paints the picture of an intriguing past
profusely illustrated with photographs of
the historic dimension of this scenic land.
Diana Dicker is a writer-photographer
with a university background in archaeology.
Now resident back in the United
Kingdom, her journalism training was in
Arizona, U.S.A. and she contributes to
magazines and books on both sides of
the Atlantic, and beyond. Specializing in
travel writing, she has enjoyed working
on this book uniting her love of exploration
and history as well as connecting
with her family’s Irish heritage.
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 1 84114 991 2, hardback, 214x230mm, 144 pages. Published April 2010.