The river Callan flows in its vicinity, and in some parts of its meandering course, approaches within less than a quarter of a mile of the city. The surrounding country is highly cultivated, agreeably diversified with hill and dale, and rich with rural scenery, pleasing, picturesque and varied. Armagh, situated on the sloping sides of a gently-ascending hill, and adorned with many public edifices built in a simple but correct and striking style of architecture, is probably the most beautiful inland town in Ireland. The ground, on which the city was built, was originally denominated Druimsailech, the hill of sallows. "Afterwards," says Colgan, " it was styled Altitudo Sailech, or Ardsailech, the
height of sallow.