Derry Peace Bridge and Centre

Day 1. Exploring Derry, Northern Ireland

This is the first in a series of posts on our recent 10 day road trip across Ireland – starting in Derry/ Londonderry before travelling along the Causeway Coast and then down the Wild Atlantic Way - I hope you enjoy reading. We arrived into City of Derry Airport the previous evening, flying with Loganair …

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St. Eugene's Cathedral, Derry

Day 2. Derry Guildhall & Bogside

We started the day with a leisurely breakfast at the Holiday Inn Express Derry~Londonderry.  After checking out of the hotel and leaving our bags to collect later in the day we walked across the Peace Bridge as we had only viewed it after dark the previous evening.  Since it's opening in 2011 the bridge has …

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Day 3. Hiking & Chocolate Making, Northern Ireland

We awoke refreshed at The Willows after sleeping on such comfortable mattresses in our delightful Aspen bedroom.  Drawing back the curtains we were dismayed to discover it was raining heavily, not a good sign for a planned hiking trip! To lift our spirits we wandered down to the dining room to be greeted by the cheerful …

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Giant's Causeway

Day 4. Giant’s Causeway & Boat Tour, Northern Ireland

After staying overnight at The Causeway Hotel we started the day with a hearty breakfast in the hotel's elegant dining room to ready ourselves for an action packed day exploring the Giant's Causeway and surrounding coastline. After returning to our room and checking out we didn't have far to go as The Causeway Hotel is …

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Glenveagh National Park, Donegal

Day 5. Glenveagh National Park & Letterkenny, Donegal

After enjoying a traditional Irish breakfast at the Dillons Hotel in Letterkenny we explored the town.  The hotel is located along Main Street, reputed to be one of the longest in Ireland and is lined with a varied collection of shops, cafes and bars. In the market square we viewed four life size bronze sculptures entitled …

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Day 6. The Slieve League Cliffs, Donegal

We slept soundly in our beautiful suite at the Abbey Hotel and feeling refreshed,  headed downstairs for breakfast in their Market House restaurant.  After being tempted with an array of hot and cold dishes we were ready for the day ahead and a morning stroll around the attractive small town of Donegal. Our walk took …

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Strandhill Beach, Sligo

Day 7. Sligo Oyster Experience

Starting the day in Strandhill, Sligo we drew back the curtains to beautiful views across the bay and after enjoying a delicious breakfast buffet we checked out of Strandhill Lodge and Suites.  Leaving there, we took the car the short distance down to the beach where we were pleased to find free parking. It was …

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Enniskillen Castle

Day 8. The Fermanagh Lakelands, Northern Ireland

Staying overnight at the Yeats Country Hotel had been a good option for exploring the Sligo section of the Wild Atlantic Way.  Breakfast was served in the restaurant and seated at a window table we were able to take in the sea views whilst setting ourselves up for the day. After bidding our farewell to the …

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Day 9. Lough Erne & Castle Coole – Enniskillen, Northern Ireland

The final day of our road trip had come around much too quickly, a sure sign that we'd been enjoying every minute.  Going down for breakfast at Belmore Court & Motel was one of the best as we started with cereals, fresh fruit, cheese, pastries and yoghurt. If this wasn't enough we then moved onto …

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