Activities

The Giant’s Causeway is one of Northern Ireland’s biggest attractions. In the summertime it does get very very busy which can make it hard to fully appreciate. There are alternative ways the local’s know to enjoy the causeway walk even in the height of summer on the North Coast. One of the most obvious is […]

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mussenden temple downhill castlerock coleraine northern ireland from downhill/benone beach

Mussenden Temple

by admin on May 9, 2012

in Activities, Day Trips, Uncategorized

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 in Downhill, Coleraine, Northern Ireland

Pottery Painting for guests

by admin on March 26, 2012

in 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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children playing on downhill benone beach northern ireland by hostel accommodation

Days like these…

by admin on March 25, 2012

in 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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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 entrance by Mussenden Temple Downhill Demense Northern Ireland

Bishops Gate Gardens in early Spring

by admin on February 24, 2012

in Activities, Day Trips

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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snowy owl in Altikeeragh Northern Ireland photo by Philip West

Hedwig in Castlerock!

by admin on February 14, 2012

in Activities, Events

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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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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Travel Information for Day-trippers The Giants Causeway is one of the ‘must see’ sights when visiting Northern Ireland.  From near – by Downhill Hostel guests can do a beautiful day trip to the Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge, Dunluce Castle, and Bushmills Distillery.  So if you want to stay on the legendary Downhill Beach at […]

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