Set in the very heart of the province of Ulster, the Hill of The O’Neill in Dungannon is once again ready to tell visitors all about one of the province’s most significant historical and scenic sites.
It was from here that the O’Neill family ruled Ulster for over 300 years, and visitors will hear all about Hugh O’Neill’s complicated relationship with the English monarchy, the many famous battles and sieges which marked the period, before the exodus of O’Neill and others in what became known as the Flight of the Earls.
This led the way to the Plantation of Ulster with Scottish and English settlers, marking the end of Gaelic Ireland and the transition towards the society we know today. This fascinating period of history is capsulated in a permanent indoor exhibition in Ranfurly House, with expert guides available to share all the stories and tales from the time.
But it’s not just about the history, as visitors of all ages will be mesmerised by the breathtaking views from the Hill, with seven of the nine counties of the province of Ulster clearly visible, offering up spectacular views of landmarks including Lough Neagh, the Mourne mountains, and the Sperrins, making it easy to see why this site has for decades been of such military importance.
Visitors from around the world, those with links back to the surname O’Neill, those with a passing interest in the history, and even those who just want a scenic space to enjoy the stunning views, have all left feeling a little bit more fulfilled and empowered having stood on top of a hill with so much history rising from it.
Isn’t it time you joined them?
"There is no better place to understand the history of Ulster - and, latterly, Northern Ireland, than Castle Hill, Dungannon"