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Introducing Rathmelton

The first community you come to if you're approaching the peninsula from Derry or Letterkenny is Rathmelton (sometimes called Ramelton), a picture-perfect spot with rows of Georgian houses and rough-walled stone warehouses curving along the River Lennon.

Apart from walking the colourful, picturesque streets there's not much to do here. The ruined Tullyaughnish Church, on the hill, is worth a visit because of the Romanesque carvings in the eastern wall, which were taken from a far older church on nearby Aughnish Island, on the River Lennon. Coming from Letterkenny, turn right at the river and follow it round for about 400m.