Day 1: Inishowen Peninsula’s West Coast
Start by spotting birds at Inch Wildfowl Reserve, then follow that up with a visit to nearby hilltop fortress Grianán of Aileach. Next, drive the Wild Atlantic Way along Inishowen’s west coast and stop at Ballyliffin village. Here you can hike to Glenevin Waterfall or trek up Binnion Hill for panoramic views. End the day learning about local history at Doagh Famine Village, then watch the sun set over Pollan Strand beach.
Day 2: Malin Head
Continue navigating the weaving coastal roads to Malin Head, mainland Ireland’s northernmost point. Don’t miss Five Finger Strand, which has some of the highest sand dunes in Europe. Venture to Bamba’s Crown at the very tip of Malin Head to stand on the edge of the continent, then return down the eastern side of the peninsula to seek out more fine beaches, including the Blue Flag shores of Culdaff.
Day 3: The walled city
Head into the historic centre of Derry-Londonderry to walk its walls. Along the Grand Parade, a cluster of significant buildings can be found within a short distance of one another, including St Columbs Cathedral and St Augustine Church. Take time to get a firm grasp of Derry’s history by wandering the city’s museums. Alternatively, fans of the TV series Derry Girls can hunt out its filming locations and pose beside a giant mural of the show.
Day 4: Outside the walls
The story of the city spills beyond its walls. The Bogside – a neighbourhood that was once underwater – is now home to many poignant murals and the Museum of Free Derry, dedicated to the civil rights era. Head to the River Foyle to cross the famous Peace Bridge, then finish the day stand-up paddleboarding the waterway with Far and Wild for an alternative view of the city.