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Ireland: Donegal, Derry, Antrim Advice Needed!

Ireland: Donegal, Derry, Antrim Advice Needed!

Jul 10th, 2015, 10:10 AM
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Ireland: Donegal, Derry, Antrim Advice Needed!

I am heading to Northwest and Northern Ireland in August and have some questions:
Where to stay in Derry and Belfast -- in the city or in B&Bs on the outskirts?
Must-sees in Donegal and Antrim?
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Jul 10th, 2015, 11:38 AM
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For Derry I highly recommend Mount Royd in Carrigans, less than 10 miles away in County Donegal. I've stayed there three times and would drive miles out of the way to enjoy what must be one of the top B&B's in Ireland. It takes less than 15 minutes to be at the heart of Derry even at the height of traffic. Suggest you do a search for reviews of
Mount Royd Country Home to get more information. The biggest problem now is getting reservations because of its
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Jul 10th, 2015, 12:02 PM
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Stay in Belfast city central. Europa if you can afford, we stayed at Travelodge and had a nice room. Others we know liked Premiere Inn. The Crown Saloon was good. City Hall, Black Cab Tour. People were great, nice everywhere. I loved the north coast.
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Jul 10th, 2015, 12:54 PM
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The glens, particularly Genariff and the waterfalls walk
Giant’s Causeway (best seen at low tide as otherwise a lot of it is covered by the sea)
Carrickarede rope bridge
Dunluce Castle
Ulster American Folk Museum
Ulster Folk Museum

The coast and the small inland villages
Grianan of Aileach stone fort
Sliabh Liag cliffs (to my mind even better than the Cliffs of Moher. You can drive up them but the road is not for the faint hearted)
Glenveagh and Lough Beagh
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Jul 10th, 2015, 01:04 PM
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Giant's causeway hotel has a great dining room before or after the walk to the causeway.


I loved this place. It is a Game of thrones stop. Huge waves crashing.
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Jul 12th, 2015, 04:49 PM
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Thanks, all, for the great suggestions!
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Jul 13th, 2015, 10:48 AM
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Check out my last two trip reports (2013 and 2011) - I stayed in both Northern Ireland and Donegal, and have lots of suggestions! I prefer staying outside of the city, myself. I stayed in Cushendall and Bunbeg on my last trip, and Cushendall and Ardara on the trip before.

Antrim: The coast itself is fantastic. Giant's Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Dunluce Castle, the Dark Hedges, Glenariff Forest, Glenarm Castle and Gardens, Ballintoy Harbour (especially if you like Game of Thrones), Dunseverick Castle, Mussendun Temple and Downpatrick Demense (closer to Derry).

Griannan of Ailleach, Inishowen Peninsula (worth a day for itself!), Fanad Head Lighthouse, Sliabh Liag cliffs, Glencolmcille, Donegal Town, Glenveagh National Park, Errigal Mountain (can climb!)
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