Derry-Londonderry is situated in one of the most picturesque areas of Ireland. Its proximity to the border makes it a perfect base to explore the wilds of Donegal as well as the spectacular north coast with its areas of outstanding natural beauty.
The Faughan Valley
The picturesque setting of the Faughan Valley is less than ten minutes from the historic walled City of Derry~Londonderry and boasts a wealth of beautiful landscape, recreational activities and ancient monuments to captivate any visitor.
From stunning scenery to ancient treasures, family fun to welcoming country hospitality, the Faughan Valley is a natural world waiting to be explored!
The Faughan Valley has twenty four accommodation providers, including the Georgian Beech Hill Country House Hotel, the relaxing White Horse Hotel and delightful Belfray Country Inn. There is also a range of four and five star self-catering cottages and apartments, as well as B&B retreats.
Derry~Londonderry’s rural hinterland offers a range of outdoor recreational activities including angling, equestrian, food and drink, spa and relaxation, cycling, walking, golfing, paintballing, zorbing, go-karting and water sports.
It also boasts an array of ancient treasures, such as the Ballygroll Prehistoric complex, Cregg Standing Stone, fortified Brackfield Bawn and the historical Ashbrook House.
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The world famous Giant’s Causeway is less than an hour’s drive away. The new Visitor Centre, complete with its grass roof with 360-degree views of the stunning coastline, has exhibitions explaining the legends and the science behind the Causeway.
Just beyond that is the spectacular North Antrim coast road leading to the town of Bushmills, home to the world famous Irish whiskey distillery. The area is famed for its top quality golf courses, most notably Royal Portrush which hosted the most successful Irish Open ever in 2012.
The North Coast has also several fantastic EU Blue Flag beaches to enjoy all year-round and the area also boasts some of the biggest waves in Europe for surfers.
The train journey from Derry~Londonderry to Coleraine, which will re-open in March 2013, was once described by the BBC ‘as one of the most beautiful railway journeys in the world’.
Binevenagh, the western limit of the Antrim basalt plateau dominates the skyline over the villages of Bellarena, Downhill, Castlerock and Benone Beach and the area is both an, area of special scientific interest and an, area of outstanding natural beauty. From here there are spectacular panoramic views of Magilligan, Inishowen and of Islay and Jura in Scotland. The area also includes some of the finest beaches and dune systems in Ireland.
The neighbouring Roe Valley Country Park on the outskirts of Limavady offers incredible riverside views and woodland walks with salmon and trout fishing, canoeing, rock climbing and orienteering.
To the west of the city lies Donegal, home of Ireland’s most popular peaks, the Derryveagh mountains in the north and the Bluestack mountains in the south. Mount Errigal, at 2,457 feet, is the highest peak.
Situated less than 7.5km from Derry~Londonderry is one of the Northwest’s most beautiful regions –the Inishowen Peninsula. Take in the stunning coastline, witness the spectacular Northern Lights at Ballyliffin or view the majestic Basking sharks off Malin Head, with its spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean.