The beaches in the area are truly magnificent. Travel north for 30 minutes and you can enjoy miles of glorious, sandy beaches that are really wide and the perfect place to splash in the surf, build a sandcastle or simply relax and enjoy the view. They include Magilligan, Benone, and award winning Downhill and Castle Rock. There are national trust beaches too at Port Stewart Strand and White Park Bay. Travel a little further and reach the wild and wonderful beaches of Donegal. Wherever you go the beaches are mostly quiet and you may well be the only one there! Beach NI gives you more information on beaches and those best for surfing etc
Overlooking the Sperrins, you are surrounded by beautiful walking country and there is also plenty to explore further afield. A good website to look at for walking in N. Ireland is Walk NI www.walkni.com which is worth checking out for all levels of walking. There is also NI Horse riding! More information on a how to get involved in a wide range of outdoor activities can also be found here. There is also Banaher Dam and old church very close by along with some lovely forests such as Ness Wood and
The Causeway Coast boasts some of the finest golf courses in Ireland including the world famous Royal Portrush Golf Club which hosted the 2012 Irish Open. Fabulous links courses can also be found at Ballyreagh, Castlerock, Ballycastle and Ballyliffin in Donegal. There are also some excellent parkland courses, including Malone, Belvoir Park and Royal Belfast. Galgorm Castle has emerged as a great contemporary golf course. Roe Park Golf Club is a very pleasant golf club located nearby.
There are plenty of cycling opportunities. Close by is Binevenagh Forest Trail which provides a 3 mile route for cyclists and walkers. Banahagher Glen has a 28 mile circular cycling touring route of the Sperrin. You can also explore the local network of small roads and laneways. www.cycleni.com. A great place to visit for mountain biking is Davagh Forest in the Sperrin Mountains. It lies in an untouched rural landscape of rolling hills and sweeping forests and is located in the Sperrin Mountains. It offers gentle mountain biking and walking trails as well as an impressive 16km red trail with some rock slab drops you will never forget! www.Mountainbikeni.com
During the fishing season the local River Roe is renowned for its ability to provide fishermen, in the proper conditions, with a bag of trout or even the odd salmon. Licensing is available from www.roeangling.com
A good place to start is the National Trust which has some fabulous attractions within easy reach. These include the world famous Giant’s Causeway, a world heritage site, Downhill Demesne and the charming Hezlett House and Springhill House.
Visit the world-famous Giants Causeway (a world heritage site) with its amazing basalt columns. Discover the myths and legends of Finn Mcool, climb the Shepherd’s Steps, hike along the cliff-top trail or simply just marvel at the coastal beauty.
Titanic Belfast® extends over nine galleries, with multiple dimensions to the exhibition, drawing together special effects, dark rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features to explore the Titanic story in a fresh and insightful way. Explore the shipyard, travel to the depths of the ocean and uncover the true legend of Titanic, in the city where it all began.
Martin McCrossan is one of the longest established guides in Derry/Londonderry, all his guides are personally trained by him and his tours have won a huge number of awards.
One of several museums in Derry / Londonderry, the Tower Museum contains two permanent exhibitions and hosts a number of touring exhibitions throughout the year. The “Story of Derry” exhibition outlines the city’s history from its earliest fomation to the present day. The “An Armada Shipwreck, La Trinidad Valencera” exhibition tells the story of the Spanish’s Armada ship, La Trinidad Valencera’s journey around the Irish coast. It was shipwrecked off the coast of Donegal in 1588 and discovered in 1971.
An award winning science and discovery centre located approximately an hour away in Belfast. With nearly 200 amazing interactive exhibits in four incredible exhibition areas it provides a unique experience as well as fantastic fun for visitors of all ages. In addition to permanent exhibits, W5 also presents a changing programme of large and small scale temporary exhibitions and events. You cans also enjoy a daily programme of live science demonstrations and shows.
Activity Centres and Highly Charged Activities
There are a host of activity centres and places to explore. Listed below are just some of them. Loughs Agency Centre (Riverwatch) – Riverwatch is a great tourist attraction located just outside Derry City centre and with FREE admission it’s a must do for families and visitors. Visitors can see and learn all about our local wildlife and there are free activity packs to keep the children entertained. The centre has lobster, crabs, starfish, coalfish, blenny’s and lots of other marine and freshwater fish and shellfish.
Just a few minutes’ drive away you will find the Sperrin Fun and Heritage Farm with a host of activities for a family day out. Indoor and outdoor play centre, bouncy castle, animal paddocks, aviary, cafe and much more.
The activity centre offers a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities for the adventurous, from canoeing, kayaking, raft building, climbing wall, archery, zip line, ropes course, orienteering, hill walking, over night camps, camp crafts, initiative challenges, team building activities. Canoe hire, kayak, paddle, wetsuit, buoyance aid, helmet hire all available.
An estate with beautiful parkland and lake for picnics, open farm and displays of old machinery.
Offering Ireland’s first purpose-built hovercraft track, Powerturn Buggying, Laser Clay Shooting and Archery.
The Jungle NI is an award-winning outdoor entertainment facility with an extensive range of exhilarating activities. It offers the largest paintball site in Northern Ireland, treetops adventure course, a huge variety of fun and challenging team building games, Zorbing experience, archery with a difference and an exciting Clay Pigeon Shooting venture!
Indoor racing circuit. High powered Sodi karts for anyone over the age of 8 years can feel the thrill and excitement of the 400m circuit. www.campsiekartingcentre.co.uk
One of the largest outdoor activity centres in Ireland, featuring 100 acres of purpose built outdoor tracks, the centre allows the whole family to experience healthy outdoor activity sports such as Archery, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Air Rifles and Climbing Walls. Todds Leap is also home to some of the most exciting motorised activities including one of the most challenging off road courses of any outdoor activity centre in Ireland, providing perfect 4×4 training for anyone requiring off road driving experience. Other motorised sports include Quad Biking, JCB Challenges and Blind Landrover driving.