Places to Visit


Castlerock – The town of Castlerock is a seaside village  situated five miles west of Coleraine, and is part of the Causeway Coast and Glens area. Summer tourists soon fill up the rental apartment blocks and three caravan sites. There is also both a 9 and 18-hole links courses bounded by the beach, the River Bann and the Belfast railway line.

Local historical interest is concentrated on the 18th century Bishop of Derry’s ruined palace, the Mussenden Temple on the clifftop, and the Black Glen set within the Downhill Estate, which is now owned by the National Trust.

Castlerock beach backs on to the town of Castlerock. The dunes to the east of the entrance are home to Castlerock Golf Club and a private caravan park. The dunes which some of the oldest dated dunes in Ireland extend back upstream to Grangemore, a bird sanctuary. Boardwalks have now been built through the dunes connecting the promenade and the beach. On the beach itself cars are permitted on the eastern portion all year round. There is also good fishing around the Barmouth where the river Bann meets the sea.

Downhill Beach is part of an 11km stretch of sand and surf offering a wealth of activities including water sports, walks and facilities for all the family. Downhill is a Blue Flag Award beach and cars are allowed on this beach throughout the year. This stretch of beach is one of the most scenic in Ireland and visitors can enjoy views to Counties Donegal, Antrim and Londonderry. The nearest town to Downhill Beach is Castlerock, a small coastal town offering accommodation, pubs, restaurants, and excellent rail and transport links to Coleraine, Belfast and Dublin. Other nearby destinations includes the seaside resorts of Portrush and Portstewart.

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After more than quarter of a century spent living and working in Hong Kong, David Donnelly and his wife Katie McGregor are now living in, and loving Northern Ireland. The Northern Ireland Holidays website came from our passion to let people around the world, and even on the British mainland, know about Northern Ireland. As a country it has much to offer in natural beauty, the people are just simply amazing, and as a holiday destination it’s second to none. Even though this is now our home, we feel like tourists as we discover the region, and it is this knowledge and these experiences we want to share.
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