North Sperrins and the Bann
Lying to the east of Derry city is an area of rolling green hills, long sandy beaches and the Sperrins Mountains.
There are strong links between this area and the life and legends of Colmcille, as recorded first by Adomnán, Abbot of Iona 679-704. Adomnán wrote the Life of St Columba - the earliest full surviving account of the saint’s life.
Adomnán mentions the names of very few places in Ireland which were visited by Colmcille but he mentions three in this area.
Adomnán writes that Colmcille returned to Ireland for the Convention of Drum Ceat which took place outside modern day Limavady probably in the 570s. During this visit, the saint was in Camus, south of Coleraine where he predicted the Battle of Dún Ceithirn. He also visited Coleraine, where he was met by the local bishop and accepted gifts from the people of the district.
Limavady is a 30 minute drive east of Londonderry on the A2. The first stop on the trail is just south of the town.