Our route is as follows:
Dublin to Galway
Day trip to Inis Mor
Day trip to Connemara
Galway to Derry
Derry to Belfast (via the Antrim Coast)
Derry wasn’t on our ‘must see’ list and only chose it because it made sense for our routing. What a pleasant surprise! We stayed at Dolce Vita Hostel and loved it. If we didn’t have pets waiting for us at home we’d have moved in! The house was beautifully decorated, the location was perfect and the owners were very friendly and knowledgeable. The other guests were very nice as well!
While in Derry we visited the Guild Hall and the Tower Museum where we visited the Spanish Armada exhibit (unfortunately we weren’t able to see the star attraction because it was closed). The gentleman at the top were wonderful - we spent 2 hours talking to them about travel and other common interests. We also walked along the top of the wall and tooks lots of photos.
On our last afternoon there we made a point of walking through the bog side murals too. It was definitely eye opening and you got a feel for what it was like to be here not too long ago. I can't imagine living in such a volitile (sp?) setting and it really made me see what people around the world live with on a day to day basis.
I managed to get in a manicure (hideous hangnails!) and loved the indulgent break in my hostel life. The people in Derry that we met seemed genuinely surprised that we liked their city as much as we did. Everyone was friendly and down to earth and we quite liked the layout and feel of the city. Although there aren't many sites we still think Derry is worth the stop if you've got an extra night or two on your travels around that area.