• Activities,  Scenic,  Walking

    Downhill Forest Walk

    Downhill Forest is a small mixed woodland of 83 hectares just inland from the North Coast of Northern Ireland, near Castlerock. The Forest was originally part of the estate of Frederick Harvey, the 4th Earl of Bristol and Bishop of Derry, which included Downhill Castle, now maintained by The National Trust. A walk through Downhill Forest will allow you to view one of Northern Irelands fattest Sitka spruce (in 1962 the girth was approximately 6m), an Early Christian Promontory Fort and an old water powered sawmill with its lade running round the small lake in the middle of this woodland.

  • Activities,  Scenic,  Walking

    WalkNI Coast & Glens

    The Causeway Coast and Glens area is justifiably famous for the Giant’s Causeway, wonderful coastlines and a unique natural beauty. The area includes three designated areas of outstanding natural beauty. Benbane Head on the Causeway Coast Way was voted ‘Most Epic View’ in the inaugural WalkNI awards. The area has nine glens including Glenariff the ‘Queen of the Glens’, lush forest parks, secluded coastal tracks and numerous quaint fishing villages. Walking routes exploring this world famous landscape are linear with good transport and accommodation options. The Glens of Antrim in particular will appeal to hillwalkers and offer some stunning views towards Scotland, the Isle of Man and England.

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • Activities,  Angling,  Nearby,  Riding,  Scenic,  Surfing,  Swimming,  Walking

    Benone Beach

    Magilligan Strand is a seven-mile stretch of sand backed by one of the largest dune systems in the UK. Popular with surfers, swimmers and walkers, the beach forms part of a local Nature Reserve. There is a cafe, a caravan park and a supervised paddling pool. Boardwalks offer access through the dunes.

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