Donegal/Northern Ireland

February 13, 2007

Question:

My husband and I are spending three weeks in Ireland. The last four days we will be in Donegal.

My question is this, is the Giants Causeway doable as a day trip from Donegal or is it best to stay overnight somewhere closer? From whichever place, Donegal or Antrim we will be driving to Lusk to spend our last night close to Dublin airport. Too ambitious?

one Answer

  • DoChara says:

    I would be inclined to spend the night before in Antrim, as near to the Giant’s Causeway as you can. Primarily because of the long drive to Lusk, which you can make a lot more interesting if you come from Antrim rather than Donegal – though however you cut it, it’s a long way! I personally hate days that are just driving – and Donegal-Lusk really is that sort of day.

    If you visit the Giant’s Causeway first thing in the morning, spend some time there and then drive down the North Antrim Coast and the Glens of Antrim through Cushendall, Cushendun and Larne to Carrickfergus – it’s a spectacularly gorgeous drive, lots of interesting places for short 10-15 minute stops along the way. After a day there you’ll wonder how there are so few people compared to the vast numebers in Kerry – it can’t last, catch it while it is still relatively uncrowded.

    In Carrickfergus you could get a late lunch and see the castle – very well worth a visit.

    Try for a stop in Hillborough too – it’s a really fine Georgian town, very pretty with loads of antique shops that are fun to browse. The Church there is interesting and there is an old fort that is worth seeing also. Hillsborough Castle may be familiar from it’s many mentions on news programmes – it’s where Presidents Clinton and Bush held their various meetings about Northern Ireland and where the royals stay when they visit. It’s open for tours provided there are no current state events happening there – the gardens are worth a look even if the Castle itself is closed.

    Once you leave Hillsborough you will have had a good and varied day of touring and can then head for Newry and the motorway and be in Lusk in about an hour and a half.

    Hope this helps,

    Katherine

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