Best day-trips when staying in Derry-Londonderry
Derry is Northern Ireland's second city and the perfect location for a short break.
It's beautiful city walls pack in more than 1,600 years of history, much of which can be explored in a jam-packed 48 hours.
When you’ve taken in the museums, soaked up the vibrant city culture and shopped till you dropped, it’s time to explore the wider North West region.
So, what about day-trips from Derry? Well, we have plenty of suggestions – many just minutes away but all under two hour's drive from the Beech Hill Country House Hotel.
Co Derry is on the spectacular Causeway Coastal Route which (along with Belfast), has been declared the best place in the world to visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet.
The 212 km (130 mile) road trip on the edge of a rugged and spectacular coastline, dotted with pretty fishing villages, is regarded as one of Europe's most scenic.
Highlights include the famous Giants Causeway and its unique basalt columns, as well as Bushmills Whiskey Distillery and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.
Bustling Belfast, and its fabulous Titanic Museum, is just a 90 minute drive and can also be reached by a regular bus service.
Although, it's a bit slower and services less regular, you can ease along the scenic coastal route to Northern Ireland's capital by train. But this is a journey which was designed to be soaked up at a slow pace. Described by Michael Palin in his Great Railway Journeys series “as one of the most beautiful rail journeys in the world”, you simply have to experience this spectacular trip.
Cushendun Caves, instantly recognisable to fans of Game of Thrones®, can easily be reached from Derry. It was here the infamous ‘shadow baby’ scene was filmed, and many other locations for the fantasy drama series are scattered around the Causeway Coast.
From Derry you can also hop across the border to County Donegal, in the Republic of Ireland, which boasts some of the most spectacular views along the Wild Atlantic Way.
According to the National Geographic Traveller, it was the ‘Coolest Place on the Planet’ to visit in 2017.
There, you can visit the bustling market towns of Letterkenny, Buncrana, Ballybofey and Donegal town as well as the beautiful Glenveagh National Park and the famous Slieve League (Sliabh Liag) cliffs – the highest in Europe, near Glencolmcille.
Just a 15 minute drive away, you will find the ancient Gaelic fort of An Grianan of Aileach in Burt. Another ten minute drive will take you to the historic fort Dunree which guarded Lough Swilly for centuries.
Donegal has some of the finest links golf courses in the world, so where better to practice your swing. The Nick Faldo-designed course at Ballyliffin Golf Club hosted the 2018 Dubai Irish Open and there are many other challenging and spectacular Wild Atlantic Way famous golf destinations to explore in Co Donegal. And they are all within a short drive of Beech Hill.
Ireland's most northerly point – Donegal’s Malin Head - is just a 45-minute drive from Derry. And, along the way, you can explore the rugged Inishowen Peninsula where you’ll find a concentration of traditional Irish thatched cottages.
Those, of course, are just some of the highlights.
Our helpful staff will gladly assist you in planning your trip and answer any of your questions - just ask!