After finding an amazing airfare into Dublin, I've just decided to come visit Northern Ireland. This will be my second trip to Northern Ireland, but first time to Derry and I need a little bit of advice on what to see and do!
One motivation for the trip is to better understand "The Troubles", as I am spending this semester at university doing an independent study on Northern Ireland.
Right now I am definitely going to visit the City Walls, Museum of Free Derry, and take a walking tour of the city.
I am planning on three days in Derry (a half day on arrival, and two full days). I'll be relying on public transportation when I am there.
Does anyone have any recommendations of day trips other than the Giant's Causeway (I have already been there on my previous trip). I love castles, abbey ruins, stone circles, and strolling on the beach.
After Derry I will be visiting Belfast, and after reading other postings on this forum it seems that the train to Belfast would be much more scenic than the bus. Do you need to purchase tickets in advance for the best fares, or can I purchase them once I am ready to depart?