County Derry has everything from a walled city to mountains, lakes, and long golden beaches to explore.
As well as having the walled city of Derry itself, County Derry is centrally positioned between scenic highlights like the Causeway Coast and Glens, and Inishowen in County Donegal, which is the start of the Wild Atlantic Way. The Binevenagh Area of Natural Beauty and the Sperrin Mountains are both also within reach, with amazing views, or visit Lough Neagh for birdwatching, heritage sites, and local legends. For camping, there are plenty of options, with coastal spots connected to sandy beaches by dunes, or inland glamping spots for peaceful stargazing.
The Causeway Coastal Route, one of the world’s great drives, runs 130 miles from County Derry across to County Antrim, passing the Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, Bushmills Distillery, and the nine lush green Glens of Antrim. There are Game of Thrones filming sites, heritage villages, long golden beaches, forest parks, and cliff walks to explore all along the way, with plenty of glamping and camping options for both tents and vehicles.
The Binevenagh Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty runs from the north end of The Sperrin Mountains to the coastline between Portstewart and Magilligan Point, taking in the beaches of Magilligan, Benone, and Downhill, the cliffs of Binevenagh, and the sand dunes at Portstewart. Areas of conservation also dot the area, with animal habitats, plant species, and bird reserves. Campers can find tent pitches, glamping, and bell tents near Glebe and Carrowclare, as well as along the coast near Benone, and between Portstewart and Portrush.
Portstewart and Portrush are two typical seaside resort towns with a holiday feel in summer and all the trappings, from ice-cream shops to amusement parks. Head to Portstewart Strand, where you can walk the golden sands or explore the dunes to spot rare wildflowers like birdsfoot trefoil or wild thyme, as well as butterflies and moths, while herons and mute swans in the Bann Estuary. There are plenty of camping options along the coast from Portstewart, Portrush, and beyond toward Bushmills.
The Sperrin Mountains are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Northern Ireland’s largest mountain range. The range is great for walking, cycling, or scenic driving routes. Drop into the Gortin Glen Forest Park for calm walks or take the 8-kilometre forest drive. For starry views, camp here on a clear night—area holiday parks and pubs offer caravan spaces, campsites, and glamping.
This huge lake is magnificent for birdwatching and fishing, with plenty of whooper swans in winter. Take a boat cruise or sea safari on the lough to visit heritage sites, hear local legends, and see the sun setting over The Sperrins. At Bellaghy, visit the Seamus Heaney Homeplace to learn how the landscape influenced the winner of the Nobel Prize in literature. For camping and boat trips, look for caravan parks near the marina.
Drive north from Derry city, or take a ferry across Lough Foyle from Magilligan's Point on the Causeway Coast, to explore Donegal’s Inishowen Peninsula and the start of the Wild Atlantic Way. Hit the Inishowen Maritime Museum and Planetarium at the harbour at Greencastle to learn about boats and area sealife, or catch a show in the planetarium. Inishowen has some great beaches and Malin Head is Ireland's most northerly point, with beautiful coastal walks.