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Sunsets on the Giant’s Causeway Coast

July 5, 2012 North Coast

Sunsets from Downhill / Castlerock Northern Ireland 2013 The sun has come back into view at sunset peeking around the cliffs of Binevenagh, time to put up some new season sunset photographs! As always we love to showcase your photography of Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast so if you want to submit a photo we are […]

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London UK 2012 Olympic Torch in Downhill Northern Ireland

June 4, 2012 Events

Today was a ‘once in a life-time’ occurrence for all of us here as the Olympic Torch bound for London’s 2012 games came to Northern Ireland’s Downhill Beach!

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Mikey & the Scallywags

May 16, 2012 Events

We had a fabulous night in May 2012 with members of the band ‘Mikey and the Scallywags’ who stayed with us and played an impromptu concert for all the guests at Downhill Hostel. here are a few clips from the evening, they’re wonderful performers technically and SO funny and engaging! Juliana Erkkonen on fiddle, Mikey […]

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Mussenden Temple

May 9, 2012 Activities

Commissioned by Earl Bishop Frederick Hervey in 1783, the Mussenden Temple remains one of the most iconic structures in Northern Ireland. The ‘Temple’ was built as a library for the Bishop and named in honour of his cousin Mrs Freidswide (Bruce) Mussenden who was a close friend. Mrs Mussenden died very young in 1785 the […]

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Pottery Painting for guests

March 26, 2012 Activities

Pottery painting is available for groups and for individuals staying in Downhill courtesy of Elements Studio. Groups of 10 or more can book a 2 hour painting slot with instruction for £30 studio fee + the price of the pieces. Guests staying at the hostel can paint mugs for £12.50 with no studio fee at […]

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Days like these…

March 25, 2012 Activities

And the sun shone bright and hot (relatively) all day, on a weekend! March weather can be almost anything, it is truly lovely to get days like these and the pink cheeks to prove it. Wonderful to see so many families and people of all ages enjoying the sunshine. And a beautiful end to a […]

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Want a wonderous place for a wander? Check out Roe Valley Country Park

March 6, 2012 Activities

One of the hidden gems of County Derry, the Country Park is a 25 min drive from Downhill and a favourite with locals of all ages. Beautiful woodland paths wind alongside the river bank crossing over and back via a series of bridges. My imagination just lights up when I walk here, but for us […]

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Bishops Gate Gardens in early Spring

February 24, 2012 Activities

The gardens at the Bishop’s Gate of Downhill Demense are a much photographed part of the Estate. They are currently undergoing significant work, but we enjoyed a wonderful rambling walk this afternoon in the late winter afternoon light and I thought I would share some photos of perhaps less documented details of the Black Glen […]

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Hedwig in Castlerock!

February 14, 2012 Activities

A rare snowy owl has been visiting in area. According to the contributors at nibirds.blogspot.com The Snowy Owl was last sighted in Northern Ireland 7 years ago at Longford Point, the species has been sighted only 3 times in Northern Ireland in the last 50 years. We have a guest staying tonight who has come […]

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Long Line Surf School opening on Downhill – Benone Beach in April!

January 27, 2012 Activities

Irish Surf Champ Dan Lavery is opening Long Lines Surf School at Benone Beach in April 2012. There are group lessons several times a day, lessons for beginning, intermediate and advanced skill levels, one to one surf coaching, and special needs surf lessons. Long Lines has the equipment to do video coaching and water photography […]

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