We are located on the main A2 Causeway Coastal Route between Limavady and Coleraine, County Derry/Londonderry. If you are coming from Belfast or anywhere on the North Coast you will want to take a bus or train to Coleraine then on to Caslterock. If you are traveling by bus you can continue to Downhill and get off right in front of the hostel on bus route #134 that go on to Limavady. If you are taking the train, you will get off at Castlerock then walk or taxi to the hostel. If you are coming from Derry you can take the bus to Limavady then on to Downhill or take the train to Castlerock. This is a particularly beautiful train journey along the coast and is much faster than the bus. Once in Castlerock you will either walk or taxi to the hostel. Please note, Downhill does not currently have its own shop, our nearest shop is in Castlerock, so if you are on foot, you should bring food with you before you arrive!
Ulsterbus service #134 running between Coleraine and Limavady stops in front of the hostel 8 times daily, Monday through Saturday. On Sunday the bus stops in Castlerock, but does not continue to Downhill. The Downhill stop on route #134 is a request stop so the bus will stop when asked, but the stop is not printed on the timetables. On the linked timetables the Downhill stop is between the stop called ‘Benone/Magilligan’ and ‘Castlerock’
Northern Ireland Railways’ Belfast-Londonderry line runs through Downhill. The nearest stop to the hostel is in Castlerock, 2.5km from the hostel. The Castlerock halt is 2 stops from Derry (roughly 35 minutes) heading towards Belfast, and 1 stop after Coleraine if coming from Belfast (10 minutes) .The train stops in Castlerock 8 times daily Monday-Saturday and 5 times on Sunday.
Train timetable for Londonderry to Belfast line
Local Taxi service from Castlerock: Tony’s taxis (T) 079 7626 8076 (£3.50) Tony also picks up from Coleraine. Tony looks a bit scary, but he’s lovely, don’t worry! As of September 2011 a taxi ride between Castlerock and Downhill is £3.50
If Tony is not available William Thompson Taxi (T) 077 6633 5370 is another local firm.