There are many wonderful family activities and Ulster attractions all within an hour or so's drive from the Clanree Hotel Letterkenny. The Clanree Hotel is one of the very popular hotels near Giants Causeway. Some of our top recommendations include:
The most iconic and famous site in Ulster, the Giants Causeway is located about 100km east from the hotel and a must see on any itinerary. Its a short walk from the car park down to the basalt stone columns and sea shore, sensible shoes are essential if you plan to get close to the rocks. After the climb back up the hill you might be in need of some refreshments and the tearoom serves excellent cakes.
Just along the Antrim coast from the Giants Causeway is the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. If you have time the views from the 18km cliff top walk linking the two sites is stunning and ideal opportunity for bird spotting. The bridge was originally two ropes strung over the 20m chasm from the cliff to allow the salmon fishermen access to the rocky island, it has been replaced with a sturdier bridge now but its still an exhilarating crossing with waves crashing 30m below you. Sensible shoes (and a head for heights) are a must!
Derry is one of the longest inhabited places in Ireland, first recorded in the sixth century when Saint Columba/Colmcille founded a monastery here. The cities name was changed to Londonderry during the Plantation of Ulster and the cities famous City Walls erected shortly after in the seventeenth century. The city has seen many significant historical events take place including the Siege of Derry, Irish famine and emigration, Easter Rising, Bloody Sunday and the Good Friday Agreement, all of which are remembered and explained in the many fascinating museums and attractions across the city. Looking forward, Derry will be the UK City of Culture in 2013 promising to add much more to this historic, friendly and forward-looking city.