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Travel to Coleraine

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A picturesque town with spectacular waterside views, Coleraine is a popular destination for visitors to Northern Ireland. Located near the mouth of the River Bann in County Derry, the town has a rich history, and it has evidence of one of the earliest human settlements in Ireland. Its name derives from Irish for ‘nook of the ferns.’ This relates to the legend of Saint Patrick, and how when he arrived to the town, he was offered a piece of land by the local chieftain on which to build a church. The land was situated next to the river and dense with ferns, and the Irish name for the town was created. This later became anglicised as ‘Coleraine’. The town is renowned for its beauty and has won various awards, such as Best Kept Town and Ulster in Bloom awards in 2002. More recently, it was named the Best Kept Large Town in Northern Ireland in the Tidy Towns Competition. The town is also one of the main stopping points on the way to the Giant’s Causeway. The distillery village of Bushmills is also located nearby.