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.
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.
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…
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…
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…
The goal of the club is to promote the sport of gliding in Ireland by making it as accessible as possible to all interested individuals. The Ulster Gliding Club provides quality instruction at all levels, and encourage members – be they aspiring or accomplished pilots – to strive for excellence. The Ulster Gliding Club is the only gliding facility in Northern Ireland, and the larger of two facilities in all of Ireland. Pay us a visit and experience the joy of flight in its purest form!
Approx. 6 miles and 10 minutes by car from “Willow”.Located at Magilligan Point close to the 1812 Martello Tower and across from Donegal. Open daily from 12 noon until 9pm. Excellent food at reasonable prices and highly recommended. The Point Bar is located at the ferry terminal to Donegal.
25 minutes from Benone lies the Giant’s Causeway, 65 million years old. Hexagonal basalt columns. Or created by an ancient conflict between Celtic giants in Ireland and Scotland? I know the story I prefer. But you can judge for yourself. You can buy tickets in advance through the National Trust. By the way at these prices you are paying for the car park and entering through a modern shop and interpretive centre. Entrance is actually FREE although if you are a walker a bit difficult to reach. Much more fun is to take the small railway from Bushmills.
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.
The Northern Ireland Tourist web site for the Causeway Coast gives comprehensive details of all the places you can travel to on this section of the Northern Ireland Coast. It will also give you up to date information on things to do, or any events coming up.
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.