Explore the world famous
Causeway Coast & Glens
The Causeway Coast and Glens region is known for its spectacular scenery. With rugged coastal walks, beautiful sandy beaches, secluded hiking trails and forest paths.
There’s so much to explore – from the Causeway Coastal Route to Rathlin Island, seaside resorts to market towns. Go off the beaten track and discover many spectacular hidden gems – heritage trails, mountains, forests and parks.
Forming part of the iconic Causeway Coastal Route drive, the area is home to famous attractions such as The Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, the Dark Hedges, Bushmills Distillery, Dunluce Castle and the Mussenden Temple.
The Causeway Coast and Glens is a Foodie Destination! The rich agricultural land and the Atlantic Ocean produce the finest ingredients served up on our artisan cafes, bakeries, restaurants and bistros. And you can get up close and personal with the makers and even some hands on experience on your travels.
Limavady & The Roe Valley
Limavady town is nestled between the picturesque Roe Valley and Binevenagh Mountain. The town itself is characterised by family owned independent retailers, with a unique choice not found in many of the high streets.
Enjoy the best of national and international theatre and music at the Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre. Or if you love local fresh food, quirky handmade crafts, fine art and speciality products why not visit the monthly Roe Valley Speciality Market.
History and mythical stories make Limavady a charming and intriguing town to visit. The name ‘Limavady’ is of Gaelic origin and means “Leap of the Dog” (Leim an Mhadaidh). This is a reference to a rather charming legend featuring a faithful guard dog of the O’Cahan clan, which is said to have leapt over the gorge of the River Roe to warn its master of approaching enemies.
The Roe Valley Country Park is a must see for any visitor. This scenic and tranquil park offers spectacular riverside views and woodland walks along with opportunities for salmon and trout fishing, canoeing, rock climbing and orienteering.
The river plunges through spectacular gorges and its banks are clothed in mature woodland. This picturesque park is also the main habitat to a number of animals which include foxes, badgers and otters. There is a disabled angler’s jetty by the river and a specially designed trail emphasising the wildlife of the park.
Discover Northern Ireland
Beyond the shores of Lough Foyle and the hills of Binevenagh Mountain a world of wonder awaits….
Northern Ireland has something for everyone, all within an hours drive from Benone Getaways. From world famous attractions to the many amazing hidden gems, there are more truly memorable experiences than you could ever imagine.
Wild, rugged coastlines that demand awe and adventure. Rural landscapes filled with trails, local stories and nature. Buzzing cityscapes and towns, flowing with life and urban exploration.
Belfast – Titanic Belfast, Belfast Zoo, City Hall, Stormont Parliament Buildings, Crumlin Road Gaol, Ulster Museum, Samson & Goliath Cranes
Derry/Londonderry or ‘The Walled City’ – Guildhall, Tower Museum, Peace Bridge & home to Europe’s biggest Halloween Festival
Causeway Coastal Route – The Gobbins Cliff Path & Carrickfergus Castle
Enniskillen – Marble Arch Caves & Cuilcagh Lakelands Geopark
Gortmore Viewing Point
Gortmore Viewing Point
Gortmore Viewpoint is situated on the Bishop’s Road, on the Binevenagh Loop which is part of the Causeway Coastal Route. On a clear day views extend across to Donegal and the islands of Islay and Jura off the west coast of Scotland. In addition, a sculpture of Manannan Mac Lir, a sea God originating from this area can be viewed from this scenic viewpoint.
Take a scenic drive along Binevenagh Mountain and explore the panoramic views along the Mountain and Lake. This route offers the most scenic views accross the Causeway Costal Route.
Benone Beach, multiple recipient of the European Blue Flag and Seaside Award, is a must-see when visiting the area. With seven miles of golden sand and a magnificent back drop of mountain and cliff scenery and stunning views across to Donegal, this is an attractive sightseeing environment along with the usual seaside activities including picnic spots, watersports, and fishing.
A large and unique beachfront home with spectacular views of Lough Foyle and Magilligan Beach. Located steps to the cosy ‘Point Bar & Restaurant’ you can experience a drink by the fireside overlooking beautiful Inishowen in Donegal. (Film location of Star Wars).
Famous Landmarks along the North Coast
Amidst the rugged landscape of this beautiful island let your mind wander and discover a tranquillity and beauty that is so unexpected.
The ferry to Rathlin Island travels just six miles across the Sea of Moyle. This island is six miles long, one mile wide, “L” shaped and home to a slowly increasing population of around 140 people.
A short walk from the harbour is the Boathouse Visitor Centre (Seasonal) where visitors can discover some of the exciting history, learn about present day island life and see some artefacts from shipwrecks around the island.
From April to July is puffin season so don’t miss the opportunity to see them along with lots of other sea birds.
Enjoy many of the walks the Island has to offer including along the shore to Mill Bay where you may see some of the resident seals basking or at play.
Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones
Benone Getaways is located in between two of the famous filming locations in Game of Thrones.
Binevenagh Mountain: The plateau and steep cliffs extend for over six miles across the peninsula of Magilligan, dominating the skyline over the villages of Bellarena, Downhill, Castlerock and Benone beach. The location was chosen for the Dothraki Sea far above the city of Meereen, where Daenerys is rescued by her dragon Drogon and brought to his lair.
Downhill Beach: In the series Downhill Strand was renamed, ‘Dragon Stone’. The beach appeared in season two, when Stannis Baratheon rejects the Seven Gods of Westeros and allows Melisandre to burn their effigies as an offering to the Lord of Light.
Accessed by a spectacular, steep winding road, Ballintoy Harbour is a painter’s paradise with sea stacks, rocky islands, pools and busy harbour leading to one of Europe’s great cliff-top and wild beach walks. A car park and picnic facilities are available beside the harbour café.
The village of Ballintoy itself, is just one kilometre from the harbour and has a charming array of small shops, two churches, including the quaint white Ballintoy Parish Church on the hill above the harbour, as well as tourist accommodation, restaurants, commercial and social facilities.
For those looking to capture a true sense of Irish rural life, it is an ideal stop over whilst touring the coastal route.
It has been used as a filming location in HBO’s epic series Game of Thrones. This stunning harbour location has been used for exterior Pyke shots and as the Iron Islands.
The Dark Hedges
The Dark Hedges
A popular stop on Game of Thrones filming location tours, The Dark Hedges is an impressive and atmospheric tunnel of trees.
The beautiful avenue of beech trees were planted by the Stuart family in the 18th century to impress visitors as they approached the entrance to their Georgian mansion, Gracehill House.
Two centuries later, the trees remain a magnificent sight and have become one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland. In fact, the iconic trees have been used as a filming location in HBO’s epic series Game of Thrones®, representing the Kingsroad.