• Old Bushmills Distillery 1
    Activities,  Historic,  Tourist

    Old Bushmills Distillery

    In the small village of Bushmills, settled on the banks of the river you’ll find the oldest working distillery in Ireland. Old Bushmill’s Distillery. A place where family and friends have worked for generations, in a small Northern Irish village that for over 400 years has kept to the philosophy that hand crafting small batches is the way to produce beautifully smooth tasting Irish whiskey.

  • Ulster American Folk Park 2
    Historic,  Tourist,  Walking

    Ulster American Folk Park

    The Ulster American Folk Park is 63 miles from “Willow” and takes approx. 1hour 45 minutes by car, it is well worth a day trip. Immerse yourself in the story of the brave emigrants who made the journey across the Atlantic to America hundreds of years ago. Wander through the thatched cottages and log cabins and meet costumed characters who will show you traditional crafts, tell you a few stories and maybe even share a bit of their good food. Board a full-scale emigrant ship to experience the conditions faced by many as they set sail for a new life in America. With 30 buildings and exhibits to explore, masses…

  • Doagh Famine Village 3
    Historic,  Tourist

    Doagh Famine Village

    Approx. 30 miles by ferry & 45 minutes by car from “Willow” . A MUSEUM LIKE NO OTHER Doagh Famine Village tells the story of Irish life from the Great Famine of the 1840s through until the present day. Our tour guides will take you on a journey showing how families and communities have lived on the edge generation after generation, adapting and surviving as the environment and society around the local area changed over the years. A combination of informative story telling and life size exhibits provides an informative, thought-provoking and at time humorous look at Irish life. Attractions include original thatched Irish cottages (inhabited as recently as the…

  • Malin Head 4
    Historic,  Tourist,  Walking

    Malin Head

    Approx. 40 miles and 1hour 30 minutes by car & ferry from “Willow” Malin Head, in County Donegal, is renowned for its rugged coastal landscape and attractive beaches. The area is steeped in history and folklore. Malin Head is an area for all tastes, including walking, fishing, swimming, photography, studying rock formations or rare flora and it is close to Inishowen’s splendid golf courses. Discover some of the largest sand dunes in Europe at the famous Five Finger Strand from Knockamany Bens. At low tide, see if you can spot the wreck of the Twilight, which sank in 1889 on its voyage to Derry. The circuit of the head will…

  • Dunree Fort 5
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    Dunree Fort

    Approx 32 miles & 1hour 15 minutes by car & ferry from “Willow”. Fort Dunree is situated 7 miles outside Buncrana on the Inishowen Peninsula, housing a Military Museum, Wildlife Discovery Room and Coffee Shop. Dunree, Dun Fhraoigh in Irish means, “Fort of the Heather” and indicates that this site has been an important defensive site down through history. Today however, its stunning natural beauty and abundant wildlife are drawing increasing numbers of visitors to one of Inishowen’s most beautiful and peaceful locations.. Fort Dunree was first opened to the public in 1986 and has attracted tourists from all over the world ever since. It has one of the best…

  • Grianan of Ailigh 6
    Historic,  Scenic,  Tourist,  Walking

    Grianan of Ailigh

    The Stone Fort of Grianán of Aileach sits on a hilltop in Inishowen County Donegal. 250m above sea level, the stone fort was probably first built on an earthen rath. The view from Aileach is breathtaking. The glistening waters of Lough Foyle and Lough Swilly are clear, as is the form of the entire peninsula. A windy and exposed place, Grianán has been a silent witness to the history of Ireland. The origins of the Grianán of Aileach fort are dated back to 1700 BC. It is linked to the Tuatha de Danann who invaded Ireland before the Celts and built stone forts on top of strategic hills. They worshipped…

  • Tower Museum 7
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    Tower Museum

    The Tower Museum is located at Union Hall Place, within the historic walls of the city of Derry, and tells the fascinating story of the city from its monastic beginnings to present day. ‘The Story of Derry’ permanent exhibition uses a wide range of artefacts, displays and interactives to narrate the story of this city, through the Plantation of Londonderry, the Siege of Derry, and its growth through the 18th and 19th century. It also covers the dramatic events of the early 20th century, including Partition, which it aims to present in a balanced way that includes all aspects of this issue. You can also find out about the impact…

  • St Columbs Cathedral Derry 8
    Historic,  Tourist

    St Columbs Cathedral Derry

    St Columbs Cathedral is almost 400 years old so it has a rich history, which you can discover in the small museum, or history room inside. It’s wonderfully atmospheric and much more interesting to children than people often expect! This is a stunning building that will absolutely amaze young imaginations, and it is free to visit! There is an exhibition of copies of the Book of Kells, plus a number of other historical artefacts, including a lovely collection of silver Communion plate, plus information about a variety of famous people, such as the hymn writer Cecil Frances Alexander, and the philosopher George Berkeley. The cathedral also has some fantastic stained…

  • Dunluce Medieval Castle 9
    Activities,  Historic,  Scenic,  Walking

    Dunluce Medieval Castle

    The iconic ruin of Dunluce Castle bears witness to a long and tumultuous history. First built on the dramatic coastal cliffs of north County Antrim by the MacQuillan family around 1500, the earliest written record of the castle was in 1513. It was seized by the ambitious MacDonnell clan in the 1550’s, who set about stamping their mark on the castle under the leadership of the famous warrior chieftain Sorely Boy MacDonnell during an era of violence, intrigue and rebellion. In the 17th century Dunluce was the seat of the earls of County Antrim and saw the establishment of a small town in 1608. Visitors can explore the findings of…

  • Mussenden Temple 10
    Activities,  Historic,  Scenic,  Tourist,  Walking

    Mussenden Temple

    The Mussenden Temple lies within the grounds of Downhill Demense and is located in one of the most amazing coastal locations in the world, perched literally at the edge of a cliff which falls away to the rocks and beach far below. The Mussenden Temple was originally built as a library, and the inscription on the outside of the temple reads, “Suave, mari magno turbantibus aequora ventis e tarra magnum alterius spectare laborem” which translates to “Tis pleasant, safely to behold from the shore, the troubled sailor, and hear the tempests roar.” There are a large number of links Wikipedia , Walk NI , Atlas Obscura , and the site…

  • Giant's Causeway (UNESCO) 11
    Activities,  Historic,  Walking

    Giant’s Causeway (UNESCO)

    Approx. 22 miles and 35 minutes by car from “Willow”. The Giants Causeway is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. What a truly unique place it is. An enjoyable walk of just under a kilometre will bring you down to the Causeway itself, where you can hop over the stones, explore the surrounding hills, or just sit and contemplate the puzzling geology that has led to one of the most remarkable natural sites in Europe. Here, the light changes through the day, with remarkable beauty from sharp greens and greys to warm tobacco brown. It’s what dreams are made of.

  • Donegal Hills
    Activities,  Cycling,  Historic,  Scenic,  Tourist

    Donegal & Inisowen

    The Wild Atlantic Way, 1600 miles (2600 km) in length, is one of the longest defined coastal route in the world. It winds its way all along the Irish west coast from the Inishowen Peninsula in the north down to the picturesque town of Kinsale, County Cork, in the south. This route from start to finish unfolds the wonders of nature, the power of the ocean and its imprint on the west coast of Ireland, and the stunning countryside in all its diversity. The northernmost part is a short 15 minute ferry crossing away.

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