Day 1 - Inishowen 100
The Inishowen 100 gets its name from the approximate distance in miles of the signposted drive, which officially starts in Bridgend on the Inishowen Peninsula. Buncrana has a 5km long sandy beach and is an important holiday resort. The ruins of Buncrana castle and O’Doherty Castle are worth a visit. Take the R238 road from Buncrana and turn left, following the signs for Inishowen 100 and Tullyarvan Mill. The mill has an interpretative centre tracing 250 years of textile production in Buncrana. Go north, turning left for Mamore Gap, which offers breathtaking views of the northerly coastline and a descent of 800 feet. At the bottom, keep left for the Inishowen drive through the village of Dunaff. Continue through Clonmany and Ballyfiffin, where you will find fine beaches, sea angling and golf. Continue on for Carndonagh where there are some ancient monuments. Drive on the R238 to Malin, a former tidy town winner, where a 10 arch stone bridge crosses Trawbreaga Bay. Follow the Inishowen 100 sign and the signs for Malin Head, Ireland’s most northerly point, with a wild sea ravaged coast and stunning seascapes. Continue around Malin Head, past the meteorological station. Wee House of Malin is signposted left and is a short detour to a hermit’s rock cell cut into a cliff, beside a cottage ruin. Return to the Inishowen 100 drive, towards Culdaff, a resort village. Follow the Inishowen 100 sign from Culdaff, along a narrow road with marvellous views. Continue to Greencastle, turning left at the t - junction, and on to Moville. The R328 brings you to Redcastle. As you continue driving south to Muff you will see Derry City in the distance. Take the R239, following the Burnfoot and Bridgend signs.
Day 2 - Giants Causeway
Situated on the North coast of Ireland (about two miles north of Bushmills), the Giant’s Causeway is an area of approximately 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption; however the legend is more convincing for those who prefer a more colourful story.
The site plays a major part of Ireland’s heritage, attracting visitors from around the world each year since it was first documented in 1693 and realistic sketches were published in 1740. The Giant’s Causeway has often been described as the Eighth Wonder of the World and was declared as Ireland’s first World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1986. Once you have visited, you will quickly see why it has become Ireland’s top tourist attraction.
Visitors each year marvel at the beauty of the 40,000 unique hexagonal basalt columns which form stepping stones that disappear downwards into the sea. The site is also popular with geologists and, according to them, the Giant’s Causeway was formed some 50-60 million years ago as a result of repeat outpourings of volcanic basalt, during the Tertiary period of the earth’s evolution. Today the Causeway Coast is still an important location for geological study.
Day 3 - Londonderry
Londonderry is the perfect place to end the trip and is the only completely walled city in the British Isles. Stroll along the 17th century walls and enjoy the utter friendliness of the locals. Londonderry is the second-biggest city in Northern Ireland and the fourth-biggest city on the island of Ireland. Filled with historic sites, several shopping centres and excellent pubs and restaurants it's a great place to spend a lazy day walking the streets and seeing the sights.