The Causeway Coastal Route takes its name from one of Ireland’s most famous landmarks but travellers who venture westwards beyond the Giant’s Causeway will see that the Foyle stretch of this 250-kilometre route has many wonders of its own.
Like the Belfast to Derry~Londonderry train line, the route breaks into the Foyle area at one of Ireland’s most breathtakingly beautiful stretches of coastline. Eleven kilometres of gold sand and rolling surf extend as far as the eye can see, from the cliff edges at Downhill, through Benone to Magilligan Point on the shores of Lough Foyle, and beyond.
The imposing 18th century Mussenden Temple, perched high on a cliff edge, dominates the skyline in one direction. The towering Binevenagh Mountain commands the landscape ahead. Leave the coast and drive up to its summit for spectacular views of the Sperrins, the Roe Valley, Lough Foyle and the hills of Donegal.
Back at sea level, stroll along miles of beaches and visit the famous sand-dune system that makes Magilligan Point a Special Area of Conservation. See the Martello tower, built during the Napoleonic wars to guard the entrance to Lough Foyle and look out for the thousands of migratory waterfowl that flock annually to this renowned Ramsar site.
Finish your journey by exploring the many cultural and historical attractions of the ancient walled city of Derry~Londonderry.